Jack Chapel

Fields: Applied Microeconomics; Health; Labor; Urban; Public Policy 


I'm a PhD Candidate in Economics at the University of Southern California (USC) and an applied microeconomist studying topics in health, labor, and urban economics. My current research uses causal inference methods to answer questions about

(1) Social determinants of health and well-being;

(2) The influence of social connections on economic behavior.  

My work has been published in leading academic journals, such as Health Affairs, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and Health Services Research, and has been featured in media including The New York Times, Marketplace, A Health Podyssey podcast, and the book The Overlooked Americans.

While completing my PhD I've worked as a Fellow at the U.S. Department of Labor's Chief Evaluation Office and as a Research Assistant at USC's Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and the Center for Economic and Social Research. Prior to joining USC, I was a Research Fellow (ORISE) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Applied Research and Evaluation Branch of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, where my research focused on economic evaluation of public health programs. I received my Bachelor of Science in Economics from Tulane University in 2015.