Michael Grossman

Research Fellow

CUNY Graduate Center

Research Interests

Michael Grossman is Distinguished Professor of Economics in the Ph.D. Program in Economics at The City University of New York Graduate Center and New York Office Director, Health Economics Program Director, and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is the author of five books, sixty-six journal articles, and thirty-five book chapters. His research has focused on economic models of the determinants of adult, child, and infant health in the U.S.; economic approaches to cigarette smoking and alcohol use by teenagers and young adults; empirical applications of rational addiction theories; the demand for pediatric care; the production and cost of ambulatory medical care in community health centers; and the determinants of interest rates on tax-exempt hospital bonds. His recently completed studies deal with the effects of excise taxes on cigarette smoking by pregnant women; the relationship between substance use and risky sexual behavior by teenagers; the economics of obesity; the effects of managed care on hospital prices for bypass surgery and for angioplasty; and the effects of parents’ schooling and the introduction of national health insurance on child health in Taiwan. His current research deals with the determinants of childhood obesity, the effects of insurance and quality on hospital prices for cancer surgery, racial and ethnic differences in physical activity, moral hazard in less invasive surgical technology for coronary artery disease, and neuroeconomics and alcohol control policies. He is a co-editor of the Review of Economics of the Household, an associate editor of the Journal of Health Economics, an associated editor of the Journal of Human Capital, a series co-editor of Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research (published by JAI, an imprint of Emerald Press), a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Past President of the Eastern Economic Association, and Past President of the American Society of Health Economists. He is listed in the 2003 edition of Who’s Who in Economics. He is the past recipient of grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the Ford Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. His current research is funded by grants from the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Nursing Research, the National Institute on Aging, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. He has served as the sponsor and chair of 106 completed Ph.D. dissertations and has served as a committee member of an additional 161 completed Ph.D. dissertations. He is the inaugural recipient of the Victor Fuchs Award for lifetime contributions to the field of health economics, presented by the American Society of Health Economists in 2008. He also is Honorary Director of the Nankai-Grossman Center for Health Economics and Medical Insurance at Nankai University in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in July 2013.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 13198
published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2021, 204,104520
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9369
published in: Nordic Journal of Health Economics, 2015, 3 (1), 7 -17, http://dx.doi.org/10.5617/njhe.2362
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7465
revised version published in: Economics and Human Biology, 2014, 12, 4-19