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Christopher (Kitt) Carpenter

Professor of Economics
By courtesy: Professor of Health Policy; Professor of Law; Professor of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations; Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society; Professor of Women's and Gender Studies

Professor Carpenter is a health and labor economist who studies the effects of public policies on health and family outcomes.  He directs the TIPS-supported Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab and with interdisciplinary teams is studying the effects of legal access to same-sex marriage in the United States and Europe.  He has also published extensively on the causes and consequences of youth substance use and on other health behaviors such as bicycle helmet use, seatbelt use, cancer screening, and vaccination.  His research has been continuously supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Cancer Society.  Professor Carpenter is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and Editor at the Journal of Health Economics.  He also serves as Associate Editor or Editorial Board member at American Journal of Health EconomicsJournal of the European Economic Association, and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.