Cristina Miller is a Research Economist in the Innovation Center at US Department of Agriculture Rural Development. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Birmingham (UK). She earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Economics and Marketing from Baylor University.

Miller’s research primarily focuses on access to healthcare in rural America; more specifically the impacts of rural hospital closures on local labor markets and mortality rates. Another line of research analyzes health insurance coverage for rural and farm households and labor force decisions due to healthcare policy changes. She is also interested in population health and disability.

She serves on the board of the Society of Government Economists in Washington, DC and is the conference chair. Miller is also is editorial assistant for the Review of Regional Studies.

She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2020 in her personal capacity.