Economic Impact Analysis

The following group and individuals hope to collaborate with InCHIP researchers and can provide support on analysis of cost, cost-effectiveness, cost-utility, cost-benefit, return on investment, and dynamic economic impacts. These are increasingly important tools for guiding health researchers and stakeholders in priority-setting, policy-making, and budget decision-making, and the inclusion of any of these tools in a grant proposal can strengthen its relevance to potential sponsors.


The Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis (CCEA)
CCEA, located in the University of Connecticut’s School of Business, is interested in collaborating with InCHIP health researchers to provide dynamic economic impact analysis as a component of their studies. CCEA, founded in 1992 to help the State of Connecticut evaluate policies and potential public investments, has broad experience with and expertise in evaluating the value of health insurance mandates, health policy proposals, behavioral health economics, the economic impact of investments in hospitals and healthcare, and other health-related issues. CCEA has the expertise to provide guidance or suggestions to researchers on how to integrate economic analysis into their research design, thus strengthening the comprehensiveness and competitiveness of their project proposals. Please direct all inquiries to Director Fred Carstensen or his colleague and Senior Research Fellow Peter Gunther.



Jorge Agüero, PhD
Assistant Professor of Economics
El Instituto
University of Connecticut

Dr. Agüero’s research focuses on global health issues with special attention to health determinants and the role of public policies in improving health outcomes. His work uses experimental and non-experimental methods to identify the causal effects of such determinants and the impact of policies in Latin America and Africa. Examples of Dr. Agüero’s recent work include the mechanisms through which schooling leads to HIV avoidance in Zimbabwe; the long-term effects of the genocide in Rwanda on women’s health; the mental health impacts of cash transfers in South Africa; the impact of awareness campaigns on domestic violence in Peru; the long-term effects of climate change on health; and how health shocks create long-lasting improvements in health behaviors in Mexico. His work has been published in several leading economic journals, including the Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Developmental Economics, the American Economic Review and Economic Development and Cultural Change.



Resul Cesur, PhD
Assistant Professor of Finance and Healthcare Management
University of Connecticut

Dr. Cesur’s research focuses on health outcomes, health behaviors, human capital formation, consequences of labor market experiences, and the evaluation of the effects of governmental policies on related outcomes. With a training background in applied micro-econometrics, Dr. Cesur uses quasi-experimental research methods to examine non-experimental data and identify causal relationships. He has published in a number of highly regarded professional economic journals, including the Economic Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, and the Journal of Health Economics.



Chad Cotti, PhD
Oshkosh Corporation Endowed Professor
Chair, Department of Economics
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Dr. Cotti’s research interests are in applied microeconomics, and more specifically, in health economics and the unintended consequences of public policy on health outcomes. Dr. Cotti has studied aspects of minimum wage laws, drinking and smoking behaviors, obesity, and more. His work has appeared in several leading journals in economics, including the Review of Economics & Statistics, the Journal of Public Economics, Social Science & Medicine, the Journal of Health Economics, and the American Journal of Health Economics.



David Simon, PhD
Assistant Professor of Economics
University of Connecticut

Dr. Simon conducts research evaluating how public policy and economic phenomena influence family health behavior and how this behavior impacts child health outcomes. Dr. Simon’s most recent research papers include a paper examining how changes in state-level excise taxes affect the long-term health of children in-utero, and an NBER working paper that examines how income tax transfers to single pregnant mothers improve birth outcomes.


These researchers have indicated their willingness to serve as consultants or as investigators on grants. It is up to you, the researcher, to determine whether their skills are a good match to the needs of your research.