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Michael Pesko

Assistant Professor    

Ph.D. in Economics, M.A. in Economics, Certificate in Teaching Economics
University of Illinois at Chicago


Michael (Mike) Pesko is a health economist and an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University. Dr. Pesko’s research focuses on evaluating health policy changes, especially those affecting tobacco users. Dr. Pesko has received research funding from the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Cancer Society (among other outlets). Dr. Pesko’s current research interests include evaluating the effects of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) policies on traditional cigarette use among teenagers and pregnant women, and evaluating changes in health insurance marketplaces affecting tobacco users. Dr. Pesko’s research is regularly covered by the media.

Dr. Pesko was hired by GSU in 2017 as part of the second-century initiative (2CI). Prior to arriving at GSU, Dr. Pesko was an assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Follow Michael Pesko on Twitter @mikepesko.