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Michael Geruso

Board Member

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Geruso is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. He studies the economics of health, healthcare, and fertility. His dissertation research explored the interaction between preference heterogeneity and adverse selection in US health insurance markets. In other work, he has examined the effect of education on teen and adult fertility behavior, and the extent to which differences in socioeconomic status can account for disparities in life expectancy between blacks and whites in the US. Mike is currently on leave from UT Austin, with a research appointment at Harvard University as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Scholars in Health Policy program. He received a PhD in economics from Princeton University, and like Dean and Diane, he is a Harry S. Truman Scholar.



Sanitation and Infant mortality externalities paper on fivethirtyeight

By Michael Geruso, on May 27th, 2015

This week, FiveThirtyEight blog highlighted a newly-released working paper by Dean Spears and I. The paper, now posted as part of the National Bureau of Economic Research's working paper series, studies the infant mortality externalities of poor sanitation. The paper, "Neighborhood SanitationRead More..



Neighborhood Sanitation and Infant Mortality

By Michael Geruso, on May 1st, 2015

Ending open defecation in the developing world has gained significant policy attention recently, motivated by the idea that private demand for latrines lies below the social optimum. We investigate the mortality externalities of poor sanitation by exploiting differences in latrineRead More..