David E. Frisvold

Research Fellow

University of Iowa

David Frisvold is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Iowa.

Professor Frisvold’s research agenda examines whether and how government policies influence education and health outcomes, with an emphasis on policies targeted towards low-income children. His current projects examine the decline in youth labor force participation rates, financial aid for higher education, food assistance programs, menu labeling requirements, and soft drink taxes.

Prior to joining Iowa in 2013, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Emory University. He received his B.S. in Mathematical Economics from Wake Forest University and his Ph.D. in Economics from Vanderbilt University.

David joined IZA as a Research Fellow in March 2017.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 6807
published in: Journal of Health Economics, 2013, 32 (4), 743-755

In response to the dramatic rise in childhood obesity, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other organizations have advocated increasing the time that elementary school children spend in physical education (PE) classes. However, little is known about the effect of PE on child weight. This paper measures that effect...