Joshua Graff Zivin is Associate Professor of Economics in the Department
of Health Policy and Management and the School of International and Public
Affairs at Columbia University, where he serves as the Director of the
PhD Program in Sustainable Development. He is also a Faculty Research
Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2004-2005, he served
as Senior Economist for Health and the Environment on the White House
Council of Economic Advisers. His research spans three fields of economics
- health, the environment, and international development- and focuses
on how uncertainty and heterogeneity affect both individual and societal
decision-making. Policy relevance serves as a guiding force behind all
of this work.
He has published numerous articles on a wide range of topics in top economic, policy, and medical journals. He is currently engaged in two large and distinct projects. The first makes use of primary data collected over the past several years to examine the economic impacts of the AIDS crisis in Africa. The second relies on a unique, matched dataset to understand the role of institutions, social networks, and financial incentives in the production of new scientific knowledge within the life sciences.