The Andrew Young School welcomed Thomas A. Mroz, a health and labor economist and a member of the Georgia State University Second Century Initiative’s new Health Information Technology cluster, to campus this fall. He also holds the Bernard B. and Eugenia A. Ramsey Chair of Private Enterprise.
Mroz admits that the quality of the faculty drew him to Atlanta. “It’s an exciting place – a great policy school.” He joined the school from the John E. Walker Department of Economics at Clemson University, where his research focused on health and nutrition outcomes.
He has also served as a professor in the economics departments at the University of Chicago and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, as a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution and as a Visiting Scholar in the Economic Growth Center at Yale.
“We are so lucky to have attracted Tom to the Andrew Young School. His work in the areas of health and labor dovetail so well with our work in developing as well as developed countries,” says department chair Sally Wallace. “His research is quantitatively sophisticated, but he has that terrific ability to translate important findings to policymakers.”
Mroz’s research focuses on the estimation of behavioral responses of individuals to changes in their social, health and economic environments. He has studied the economic determinants of diets in China and Russia and explored the importance of family planning programs for reducing fertility in Tanzania. For example, his latest work is on school lunch nutrition. “We’re looking into what students are buying, what are the determinants of what they buy, what are they eating and how these choices relate to socioeconomic status,” he says. Another recent study that examines the benefits of providing more frequent screenings for diabetes among the elderly, the Medicare population, is under review.
Other recently published articles include evaluations of the impacts of Mexico’s Oportunidades program on contraceptive use and the presence of skilled attendants at births; an examination of the impacts of parents’ compensatory behaviors on child health outcomes in the Philippines; and a study of how parents make decisions about where to live and how much to work and the impacts of these decisions have on their children’s intellectual development.
Mroz’s research has spanned the globe, from Indonesia to the United States, in countries that include Morocco, Tunisia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ireland and France. Major funders have included the United States Agency for International Development, National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.
He has published more than 40 articles, many in prestigious journals such as Econometrica, Journal of Human Resources, Labor Economics and Journal of Health Economics. He has served as a co-editor for the Journal of Population Economics and on the board of the Atlanta Census Research Data Center.
Mroz holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and an A.B. from Vassar College.