David Simon, PhD

Assistant Professor, Economics (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research evaluates how public policy and economic phenomena influence family health behavior, and how this behavior spills over onto child health outcomes. I have a strong interest in how health interplays with the production of human capital. The in-utero period seems to be one in which children are particularly vulnerable. Recent evidence suggests that policy interventions while a child is in-utero can have disproportionately large returns, and I am interested in expanding upon this literature. I currently have a research paper examining how changes in state level excise taxes effects the long term health of children who were in-utero during a tax increase. I also have an NBER working paper with coauthors Doug Miller and Hilary Hoynes titled, “Income, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and Infant Health” that looks at how income transfers to single pregnant mothers improve birth outcomes. My planned future research investigates how business cycles impact child health behavior and child wellbeing.


I attended graduate school at the University of California Davis. I studied economics with a focus on labor, health, and public economics.

Featured Publications

Hoynes, Hilary, Doug Miller, and David Simon, “Income, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and Infant Health,” June 2012. NBER Working Paper No. w18206.

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Economics
365 Fairfield Way, Unit 1063
Storrs, CT 06269-1063
Office LocationOak Hall, Room 344