Assistant Professor of Economics
Professor Marcus' research interests lie at the intersection of health and environmental economics. Her work quantifies the health impacts of exposure to environmental toxins and explores the roles that governmental policy and increased information can play in mitigating these health effects. In a paper recently published in the Journal of Health Economics, she shows that California’s cleaner-burning gasoline requirements reduced childhood asthma hospitalizations by about 8 percent in high exposure areas near highways. Professor Marcus' most recent research estimates the health impacts of petroleum pollution from leaking underground storage tanks, investigates the ability of preventative technology to mitigate negative health impacts, and shows how individuals respond to information about nearby petroleum leaks.