Michael Pesko

Research Fellow

Georgia State University

Michael Pesko is a health economist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Georgia State University. The primary focus of his research is to identify causal effects of health policy changes using survey and administrative data sources. He graduated with a PhD in Economics in 2012, and has since published 65+ peer-reviewed papers in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and Health Affairs. In particular, Dr. Pesko has published over 20 e-cigarette policy evaluation papers. He has been funded as PI of multiple R01s from the National Institutes of Health and Research Scholar Grants from the American Cancer Society. Since 2016, his research has been awarded over $7 million in funding. Current research funding supports evaluating e-cigarette policies and health insurance mandates for hearing aids and cancer prevention/detection services. Dr. Pesko is also the director of the Tobacco Online Policy Seminar, a free multidisciplinary, international forum for research with tobacco policy implications using experimental or quasi-experimental study designs. He is also a member of the Canadian Scientific Advisory Board on Vaping Products.

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