New faculty affiliates bring wide range of expertise

September 6, 2011


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Jill R. Horwitz

Jill R. Horwitz is a Professor of Law, co-director of Michigan's Law and Economics Program, a Professor of Health Policy and Management at Michigan's School of Public Health, and has an appointment at the Ford School. She was the Louis and Myrtle Moskowitz Research Professor of Business and Law from 2009-2010. Her scholarly interests include health law and policy, nonprofit law and policy, torts, and empirical law and economics. She holds a B.A. with honors from Northwestern University and an M.P.P., J.D., magna cum laude, and Ph.D. in health policy, all from Harvard University. Professor Horwitz was a law clerk for Judge Norman Stahl of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

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Helen Levy

Helen Levy is a Research Associate Professor at the Institute for Social Research, where she is affiliated with the Health and Retirement Study, a long-running longitudinal study of health and economic dynamics at older ages. Her research interests include the causes and consequences of lacking health insurance, evaluation of public health insurance programs, and the role of health literacy in explaining disparities in health outcomes. She teaches health economics at the Ford School. Before coming to the University of Michigan she was an Assistant Professor at the Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. She is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and served as a Senior Economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers in 2010-11. She received a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton.

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Edward A. (Ted) Parson

Edward A. (Ted) Parson is Joseph L. Sax Collegiate Professor of Law, Professor of Natural Resources and Environment, and Professor of Public Policy at U-M. His research examines international environmental policy, the role of science and technology in public policy, and the political economy of regulation. Parson's recent articles have appeared in Nature, Science, Climatic Change, Issues in Science and Technology, the Journal of Economic Literature, and the Annual Review of Energy and the Environment. His most recent books are The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change (Cambridge, 2010, 2nd edition, with Andrew Dessler), and Protecting the Ozone Layer: Science and Strategy (Oxford, 2003), which won the 2004 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award of the International Studies Association. At the Ford School, he teaches "Thinking Analytically for Policy and Decisions." He holds degrees in Physics from the University of Toronto, in Management Science from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard.

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Jeffrey Smith

Jeffrey Smith is a Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan and has an appointment at the Ford School. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1996. Prior to joining the faculty at U-M in 2005, he was on the faculty at the University of Western Ontario from 1994 to 2001, and from 2001 to 2005 he was on the faculty at the University of Maryland. His research centers on experimental and non-experimental methods for the evaluation of interventions, with particular application to social and educational programs. He has also written papers examining the labor market effects of university quality and the use of statistical treatment rules to assign persons to government programs. Important publications include "Is the Threat of Reemployment Services More Effective than the Services Themselves?" (with Dan Black, Mark Berger, and Brett Noel) in the American Economic Review (2003); "The Economics and Econometrics of Active Labor Market Programmes" (with James Heckman and Robert LaLonde), Handbook of Labor Economics, Volume 3A (1999); "Does Matching Overcome LaLonde's Critique of Nonexperimental Methods?" (with Petra Todd), Journal of Econometrics (2005); and "Heterogeneous Program Impacts: Experimental Evidence from the PROGRESA Program" (with Habiba Djebbari), Journal of Econometrics (2008). He has consulted to governments in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia on evaluation issues.

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Yu Xie

Yu Xie holds several faculty appointments at the University of Michigan. He is Otis Dudley Duncan Distinguished University Professor of Sociology and Statistics and Research Professor in the Survey Research Center and the Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research (ISR), where he directs the Quantitative Methodology Program (QMP). He is also a Faculty Associate at the Center for Chinese Studies. Professor Xie's main areas of interest are social stratification, demography, statistical methods, and the sociology of science. He recently published Statistical Methods for Categorical Data Analysis with Daniel Powers (Second Edition, Emerald, 2008), Women in Science: Career Processes and Outcomes with Kimberlee Shauman (Harvard University Press, 2003), A Demographic Portrait of Asian Americans (Russell Sage Foundation and Population Reference Bureau 2004) with Kimberly Goyette, and Marriage and Cohabitation (University of Chicago Press 2007) with Arland Thornton and William Axinn.