Sara Markowitz

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Office: Rich 306G

Phone: 404-712-8167



  • Economics, PhD, Graduate Center, City University of New York, 1998
  • Economics, MA, Hunter College, City University of New York, 1998
  • Economics and English, BA, cum laude, Rutgers University, 1993


Sara Markowitz is a Professor of Economics at Emory University and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Markowitz's research interests are on the economics of healthy and unhealthy behaviors, with an emphasis on the health of children and adolescents. She publishes widely in general and specialty academic journals, and serve as an editor of the Southern Economic Journal. Her research has been featured in media publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week. Markowitz has also won numerous research and teaching awards. She is a 1998 graduate of the PhD program in economics from the Graduate School of the City University of New York.


Areas of Interest:

Health Economics, Labor Economics, Appled Micreconomics


Selected Publications:

Markowitz, Sara J., E. Kathleen Adams, Patricia M. Dietz, Viji Kannan, and Van T. Tong, "Tobacco Control Policies, Birth Outcomes, and Maternal Human Capital," Journal of Human Capital, forthcoming.

Markowitz, Sara J., Jeff DeSimone, and Jing Xu, "Child Access Prevention Laws and Nonfatal Gun Injuries," Southern Economic Journal, forthcoming.

Markowitz, Sara J., Pinka Chatterji, and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, "The Effects of Early Maternal Employment on Maternal Health and Wellbeing," Journal of Population Economics 26:1 (January 2013): 285¿301.

Markowitz, Sara J., Erik Nesson, Eileen Poe-Yamagata, Partha Deb, Curtis Florence, Tracy Roberts, and Sarah Beth Link, "Estimating the Relationship Between Alcohol Policies and Criminal Violence and Victimization," German Economic Review (November 2012): 416-435.

Markowitz, Sara J., E. Kathleen Adams, Patricia M. Dietz, Viji Kannan, Van T. Tong, and Ann Malarcher, "Reducing Prenatal Smoking: The Role State Policies Play," American Journal of Preventive Medicine 41:4 (July 2012): 34-40.

Markowitz, Sara J., and Pinka Chatterji, "Family Leave after Childbirth and the Health of New Mothers," Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics 15:2 (June 2012): 61-76. This article is the winner of the Sixth Adam Smith Award in Mental Health Policy and Economics Research.

Markowitz, Sara J., Michael Grossman, and Ryan Conrad. "Alcohol Policies and Child Maltreatment." In Contributions to Economic Analysis, Volume 290: Current Issues in Health Economics. Edited by Daniel Slottje and Rusty Tchernis. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2010.