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Melissa Thomasson

Julian Lange Professor of Economics & Director of Graduate Studies


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Academic Background

  • Ph.D. University of Arizona, Economics, 1998
  • M.A. University of Arizona, Economics, 1993
  • B.S. University of Puget Sound, Economics, 1992

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Julian Lange Professor of Economics, Miami University (2015-Present)
  • Associate Professor, Miami University (2005-2015).
  • Assistant Professor, Miami University (1998-2005).
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research (2005-Present).
  • Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research (1999-2005).

Recent Publications

  • €œ"Hard Times in the Land of Plenty: The Effect of Childhood During the Great Depression on Adult Outcomes"€ (with Price V. Fishback". Explorations in Economic History, 54(1), October 2014, 64-78.
  • "€œSaving Babies: The Impact of Public Health Education Programs on Infant Mortality."€ (with Carolyn Moehling). Demography, 51(2), April 2014, 367-386.
  • "The Political Economy of Saving Mothers and Babies: The Politics of State Participation in the Sheppard-Towner Program" (with Carolyn Moehling). Journal of Economic History, 72 (1), March 2012, 75-103.
  • Thomasson, M. A. (2008). "From Home to Hospital: The Evolution of Childbirth in the United States, 1928-1940" (with Jaret Treber). Explorations in Economic History, 45 (1), 76-99.
  • Thomasson, M. A. (2006). "Racial Differences in Health Insurance Coverage and Medical Expenditures: An Historical Perspective." Social Science History, 30 (4).
  • Thomasson, M. A. (2004). "Early Evidence of an Adverse Selection Death Spiral." Explorations in Economic History, 41, 313-328.
  • Collins, W. J. & Thomasson, M. A. (2004). "The Declining Contribution of Socioeconomic Disparities to the Racial Gap in Infant Mortality Rates." Southern Economic Journal, 70 (4), 746-776.
  • Thomasson, M. A. (2003). "The Importance of Group Coverage: How Tax Policy Shaped U.S. Health Insurance." American Economic Review, 93 (4), 1373-84.
  • Thomasson, M. A. (2002). "From Sickness to Health: The Twentieth Century Development of U.S. Health Insurance." Explorations in Economic History, 39 (3), 233-53.

Honors & Awards

  • 2006 winner of Farmer School of Business "Junior Research Excellence Award" for $5,000.
  • 2005 prize for best paper in Explorations in Economic History.
  • EH.Net Featured Economic Historian, Fall 2004.
  • National Bureau of Economic Research National Fellow, 2002-2003.
  • John M. Olin Fellowship, 1997.
  • University of Arizona Award for Outstanding Teaching, 1997.
  • University of Arizona nominee for national Irwin Fellowship, 1996.
  • Elmer J. Brown Fellowship for outstanding third-year graduate student paper in economics, 1995 (co-recipient).

Areas of Expertise

  • Econometrics
  • Economic history
  • Health economics
  • Microeconomics