Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University & NBER

  Contact: emilia.simeonova at gmail dot com

 Education: BA, Macalester College 2002

PhD, Columbia University, 2008
  Curriculum Vitae
Completed Research

Public vs. Private Provision of Charity Care? Evidence from Hill-Burton Hospitals in Florida,  (with Douglas Almond and Janet Currie) Journal of Health Economics, January 2011; also NBER Working Paper 15798
published version available here

Out of Sight, Out of Mind? The Impact of Natural Disasters on Pregnancy Outcomes, CesIfo Economic Studies September 2011; also CesIfo Working Paper no. 2814; published version available here

Young Adult Obesity and Household Income: Effects of  Unconditional Cash Transfers (with Randall Akee, William Copeland, Adrian Angold and Jane Costello)  American Economic Journal - Applied Economics, April 2013 - Lead article
also circulated under the title Does More Money Make You Fat? The Effects of Income on Childhood Obesity, an older version is available as IZA Discussion Paper 5135
Press coverage: The New York Times, January 18th, 2014; The New York Times, April 7th, 2016

Marriage, Bereavement and Mortality: The Role of Health Care Utilization Journal of Health Economics, vol 31 (1), January, 2013

Doctors, Patients, and the Racial Mortality Gap, Journal of Health Economics 32 (2013), pp. 895-908
an older version is available as Columbia University Discussion Paper 0708-13 
Press coverage: The Economist "Compliance Matters" May 30th, 2009

Can Health IT Adoption Reduce Health Disparities?,  with Sergei Koulayev  Health Systems 4, 55-63 (March 2015)

Does Women’s Education Affect Breast Cancer Risk and Survival? Evidence from a Social Experiment in Education, with Mårten Palme  Journal of Health Economics, 42 (2015), pp. 115-124

Can Physicians Affect Patient Adherence with Medication?, with Sergei Koulayev and Niels Skipper, Health Economics, 2016 
an older and more detailed version is available here: NBER Working Paper 19496

Health and the Labour Market: New Developments in the Literature, with Hilary Hoynes and Marianne Simonsen, Labour Economics, Issue 43 (2016), pp. 1-5

Education, Health and Mortality: Evidence from a Social Experiment, with Costas Meghir and Mårten Palme,  American Economic Journal - Applied Economics, 10, no 2, pp. 234-56; an older version available as NBER Working Paper 17932 

How Does Household Income Affect Child Personality Traits and Behaviors?with Randall Akee, William Copeland, and Jane Costello American Economic Review, vol. 108, No. 3, March 2018 

an older version is available as NBER Working Paper 21562 

Press coverage: The Atlantic, New York Magazine, Business Insider, The Washington Post, BloombergView,  Roughly Speaking Podcast by Baltimore Sun's Dan Rodricks  

Congestion Pricing, Air Pollution, and Urban Health, with Janet Currie, Peter Nilsson and Reed Walker; NBER Working Paper 24410, March 2018 (accepted by the Journal of Human Resources)
Press coverage: Inside Science Feb 2nd, 2017
VOXEU, July 8th, 2018

The Architecture of Physician Choices: A Randomized Controlled Study Evaluating the Impact of Providing Non-adherence Information and Pharmacist Assistance to Physicians, with Margaret McConnell, William Rogers and Ira Wilson, forthcoming in Health Services Research 

Parental Influences on Health and Longevity: Lessons from a Large Sample of Adoptees with Evelina Lundberg, Michael Lindahl and Marten Palme, NBER Working Paper 21946, January, 2016 (revision requested by the Journal of Human Resources

Press Coverage: New York Magazine

Family Income and Voting Behavior across Generations: Evidence from an Income Intervention, with Randall Akee, John Holbein and William Copeland (revision requested by the American Political Science Review); longer version available as NBER Working Paper 24770

Read the Brookings blog post about the paper here; VOXEU piece, July 14th, 2018
winner of the Midwestern Political Science Association Best Paper in Political Behavior Award, 2018

Education, Cognition and Health: Evidence from a Social Experiment, NBER Working Paper 19002 (with Costas Meghir and Mårten Palme

Medical Abortion Provided by Nurse-Midwives or Physicians in a High Resource Setting: a Cost-Effectiveness Analysis,
 with Andreas Madestam, Susanne Sjostrom, Kristina Danielsson and Helena Kopp-Kallner, 
PloS one 11 (6), 2016

Children of the Pillwith Andreas Madestam, Journal of the Swedish Association of Midwives, December 2013  (article in Swedish)

Race, Quality of Care and Patient Outcomes: What Can We Learn from the Veterans Health Administration?Atlantic Economic Journal, September, 2009 

Research in Progress

Gender Empowerment in 19th Century Sweden: Using Historical Trade Shocks to Assess the Effects of Women's Economic Empowerment
(with Andreas Madestam)

Children of the Pill: The Effect of Subsidizing Oral Contraceptives on Children's Health and Wellbeing, with Andreas Madestam 

Press coverage: Dagens Apotek March 6th, 2013; Dagens Nyheter March 18th, 2013; Dagens Medicin

How Do Financial Incentives Affect Physician Behavior? Evidence from a Randomized Experimentwith Margaret McConnell, William Rogers and Ira Wilson

Do High Quality Physicians Have High Quality Patients?, with Niels Skipper and Peter Thingholm

Hispanic and Asian Earnings Inequality and the Role of Labor Market Entrants and Immigrants, with Randall Akee, Margaret Jones and Sonya Porter

Benefit-Cost Analysis of a Family Income Supplementwith Randall Akee, William Copeland, and Jane Costello

Older Stuff

Choice of Currency in Bond Issuance and the International Role of Currencies , with Cristina Vespro and Nikolaus Siegfried, European Central Bank Working Paper 814

Research Grants
Robert Wood Johnson  award # 75546 (July 2018-January 2020)  "Demonstrating the Need to Disaggregate Ethnic and Racial Data by Showing Under-reported Disparities in Well-being Outcomes"  (PI, with Randall Akee) $199,710
National Science Foundation award # 1227264 (Sept 2012 - Sept 2015) "The Long-Term and Intergenerational   Effects of Fertility Policies" (PI, with Andreas Madestam) $197,643
National Institutes of Health award #039702 (Sept 2010 - Sept 2013) "Nudging Doctors to Collaborate with Pharmacists to Improve Medication Adherence) (Co-Investigator, with Ira Wilson, William Rogers and Maggie McConnell) $1,400,000
Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) (January 2010 - January 2013) "Understanding the Long-Term Consequences of Poor Infant Health" (PI, with Janet Currie and Peter Nilsson) ~$ 250,000
Danish Council for Independent Research (January 2011 - January 2014) "What Are the Determinants of Patient Behavior?" (Co-Investigator, with Sergei Koulayev and Niels Skipper) ~$300,000

Fluent in Bulgarian, English, Russian; Conversational Italian
Married to: Sergei Koulayev; 1 child