Rusty Tchernis is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). His primary areas of research are Applied Econometrics, Health Economics, and Labor Economics. Within these fields he is interested in program evaluation, spatial econometrics, and Bayesian methods, as well as the economics of childhood obesity. His work has been published in variety of journals including Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Business and Economics Statistics, Journal of Human Resources and Review of Economic Studies. His research has been funded by various organizations, including the National Institutes of Health and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Prior to becoming a faculty member at the Andrew Young School, Rusty Tchernis was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Indiana University and a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in October 2011.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10739

This study exploits plausibly exogenous variation from the youngest sibling's school eligibility to estimate the effects of parental work on the weight outcomes of older children in the household. Data come from the 1979 cohort of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth linked to the Child and Young Adult Supplement....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7657

Rates of childhood obesity have increased dramatically in the last few decades. Non-causal evidence suggests that childhood obesity is highly persistent over the life cycle. However little is known about the origins of this persistence. In this paper we attempt to answer three questions. First, how do anthropometric measures evolve...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7631

We propose a Bayesian factor analysis model to rank the health of localities. Mortality and morbidity variables empirically contribute to the resulting rank, and population and spatial correlation are incorporated into a measure of uncertainty. We use county-level data from Texas and Wisconsin to compare our approach to conventional rankings...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7453
published as 'Persistence in Body Mass Index in a Recent Cohort of US Children' in: Economics an Human Biology, 2015, 17, 157-176

While childhood obesity has become a significant public health concern over the last few decades, knowledge concerning the origins of or persistence in childhood anthropometric measures is incomplete. Here, we utilize several nonparametric measures of mobility to assess the evolution of weight, height, and body mass index during early childhood....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5316
published in: Review of Economics of the Household, 2012, 10 (1), 1-38

In response to the dramatic rise in childhood obesity, particularly among low income individuals, federal nutrition assistance programs have come under scrutiny. However, the vast majority of this research focuses on the direct relationship between these programs and child health, while little is known about the mechanisms by which such...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3664
published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2010, 45 (3), 640-654

In light of the recent rise in childhood obesity, the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and National School Lunch Program (NSLP) have received renewed attention. Using panel data on over 13,500 primary school students, we assess the relationship between SBP and NSLP participation and (relatively) long-run measures of child weight. After...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3632
published as 'Estimation of Treatment Effects Without an Exclusion Restriction: with an Application to the Analysis of the School Breakfast Program' in: Journal of Applied Econometrics, 2013, 28 (6), 982-1017

We characterize the bias of propensity score based estimators of common average treatment effect parameters in the case of selection on unobservables. We then propose a new minimum biased estimator of the average treatment effect. We assess the finite sample performance of our estimator using simulated data, as well as...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1521
published in: Review of Economic Studies, 2010, 77 (3), 972-1001

Much of the research in labor economics during the 1980s and the early 1990s was devoted to the analysis of changes in the wage structure across many of the world’s economies. Only recently, has research turned to the analysis of mobility in its various guises. From the life cycle perspective,...