William Dow

William Dow

Professor of Health Economics
School of Public Health
(510) 643-5439
Research Expertise and Interest
health economics, global health, economic demography
Research Description

Research analyzes economic aspects of health insurance, health behaviors, and health and demographic outcomes.

In the News

October 31, 2018

Research initiative launched on health in working families

A new research hub based at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, D.C., will explore the health effects of income and workplace policies.

Featured in the Media

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April 30, 2019
Andrew Van Dam
An analysis of death data from 1999-2015 suggests that raising the minimum wage and earned-income tax credit by 10 percent could prevent about 1,230 suicides -- or "deaths of despair" -- a year in the U.S. The national suicide rate has risen 35 percent since 2000, and the researchers found that the rates fell in states that increased their minimum wage or the tax credit for working class families. "When they implement these policies, suicides fall very quickly," says study co-author Anna Godoey, a labor economist and postdoctoral scholar at the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. The study was published in the National Bureau of Economic Research. Co-authors included economics professor Michael Reich, chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics, public-health professor William Dow, and doctoral public health student Christopher Lowenstein. For more on this, see our story at Berkeley News. Other stories on this topic appeared in Forbes, New York Magazine, and Business Insider UK.
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September 19, 2018
Tara Duggan

San Francisco's Paid Parental Leave Ordinance, enacted at the beginning of 2017, has led to more of the city's fathers taking "bonding" leave after the birth of a child, according to an analysis led by Interim Public Health Dean William Dow. The researchers found that in the first half of 2017, 28 percent more men took the leave, compared to the first half of 2016; and the increase among women was 6 percent.

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