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Dhaval Dave is Stanton Research Professor of Economics at Bentley University. He is also Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Dhaval is an applied microeconomist with primary research areas at the intersection of health economics and labor economics. He has published widely on the determinants of health and human capital, and his studies have analyzed substance abuse policy, advertising in healthcare markets, broader effects of economic downturns on non-economic domains, health insurance and moral hazard, labor market behaviors and their impact on mental and physical health, and the economics of crime. Dhaval is currently studying the link between labor policy and longer term effects on health and risky behaviors for parents and their children, relationship between healthcare policy and labor supply, and interventions within the juvenile justice system and their effects on youth crime and educational outcomes, and the opioid crisis in the U.S.
Dhaval’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and has appeared in such journals as the Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Economics of Education Review, Health Economics, Economic Inquiry, and Contemporary Economic Policy. His research has also been cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, TIME Magazine, CBS News Radio, CNBC TV News, National Public Radio, and various other popular media.
Dhaval received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, followed by a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
He became an IZA Research Fellow in December 2015.