Tefft, Nathan

Nathan W. Tefft




Associate Professor

Pettengill Hall, Room 274

Ph.D. in Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A. in Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. in Mathematics, Williams College

Curriculum Vitae

Editorial positions: Associate Editor, Health Economics

Fields of interest: Applied Microeconomics, Econometrics, and Machine Learning, with topical interests in Health, Labor, and Public Economics. Tefft is also a member of the Digital & Computational Studies Program at Bates.

Selected publications:

Cotti, Chad, Erik Nesson, and Nathan Tefft. The Effects of Tobacco Control Policies on Tobacco Products, Tar, and Nicotine Purchases: Evidence from Household Panel Data, 2016. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 8(4):103-23. DOI: https://www.aeaweb.org/articles?id=10.1257/pol.2015-0268.

Cotti, Chad, Richard A. Dunn, and Nathan Tefft, 2015. The Great Recession and Consumer Demand for Alcohol: A Dynamic Panel-Data Analysis of U.S. Households. American Journal of Health Economics, 1(3): 297-325. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/AJHE_a_00019.

Cotti, Chad, Richard A. Dunn, and Nathan Tefft, 2015. The Dow is Killing Me: Risky Health Behaviors and the Stock Market. Health Economics, 24(7):803-821. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hec.3062.

Adams, Scott, Chad Cotti, and Nathan Tefft, 2015. Seatbelt use following stricter drunk driving regulations. Economic Inquiry, 53(1):758-772. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12155

Tefft, Nathan, 2011. Insights on Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance, and Mental Health. Journal of Health Economics, 30(2):258-264. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhealeco.2011.01.006.

Fletcher, Jason M., David E. Frisvold, and Nathan Tefft, 2010. The Effects of Soft Drink Taxes on Child and Adolescent Consumption and Weight Outcomes. Journal of Public Economics, 94(11-12):967-974. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpubeco.2010.09.005.

Overview of research and teaching:

Tefft has ongoing research and interests in health and health-related behaviors including obesity, smoking, mental health, alcohol consumption, motor vehicle crashes, and dietary supplements; preventive medical services and physician prescribing behavior; health in the context of labor markets, macroeconomic fluctuations, taxation, and safety net programs.

He has also been involved in interdisciplinary projects that intersect with public health and public policy.  Past and current research topics in these areas include early childhood intervention programs related to child health, soft drink tax policies, SNAP participation at farmer’s markets, and dietary supplements and eating disorders.

His teaching interests include health economics, microeconomics, econometrics, and machine learning.