Jack M. Chapel

Fields: Applied Microeconomics; Health; Labor; Public Policy 


I'm an applied economist studying topics in health and labor economics, and a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Southern California (USC) Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. My current research is focused on

(1) the social determinants of health and health disparities;

(2) the impacts of chronic diseases on economic outcomes.  

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.

I earned a PhD in economics from the USC in 2024 and BS in economics from Tulane University in 2015. I've worked in academic and government research settings such as the USC Schaeffer Center, USC Center for Economic and Social Research, and the US Department of Labor. Prior to joining USC, I spent five years working at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Research Fellow (ORISE), where I focused on economic evaluations of public health programs.