Assistant 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, NBER Working Paper 15798 (with Douglas Almond and Janet Currie) Journal of Health Economics, January 2011
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 early online version 
an older and more detailed version is available here: NBER Working Paper 19496

Education, Health and Mortality: Evidence from a Social Experiment, revision requested by the AEJ-Applied Economics (with Costas Meghir and Mårten Palme) an older version available as NBER Working Paper 17932 

How Does Household Income Affect Child Personality Traits and Behaviors?, revision requested by the American Economic Review, also NBER Working Paper 21562 (with Randall Akee, William Copeland, and Jane Costello)

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

Parental Influences on Health and Longevity: Lessons from a Large Sample of Adoptees, NBER Working Paper 21946 (with Evelina Lundberg, Michael Lindahl and Marten Palme)
Press Coverage: New York Magazine

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

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

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)

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

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

Congestion Pricing and Children's Health, with Janet Currie, Peter Nilsson and Reed Walker

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

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

Hospital Diversion and Patient Outcomes, with Douglas Almond

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
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