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., Erik Nesson, and Joshua J. Robinson, "The Effects of Employment on Influenza Rates," Economics and Human Biology, forthcoming.

Adams, E. K., and Markowitz, S., "Improving Efficiency in the Health-care System: Removing Anticompetitive Barriers for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Physician Assistants," Policy Proposal 8 (2018): 9-13.

Markowitz, S., Komro, K. A., Livingston, M. D., Lenhart, O., and Wagenaar, A. C., "Effects of State-level Earned Income Tax Credit Laws in the U.S. on Maternal Health Behaviors and Infant Health Outcomes," Social Science and Medicine 194 (December 2017) 67-75.

Markowitz, Sara J., E. Kathleen Adams, Mary Jane Lewitt, and Anne L. Dunlop, "Competitive Effects of Scope of Practice Restrictions: Public Health or Public Harm?", Journal of Health Economics 55 (September 2017): 201-218.

Markowitz, Sara J., and Vinish Shrestha, "The Pass-through of Beer Taxes to Prices: Evidence from State-level and Federal Tax Changes," Economic Inquiry 54:4 (October 2016): 1946-1962.

Komro, K. A., Livingston, M. D., Markowitz, S., and Wagenaar, A. C., "The Effect of an Increased Minimum Wage on Infant Mortality and Birth Weight," American Journal of Public Health 106:8 (August 2016): 1514-1516.

Markowitz, Sara J., Pinka Chatterji and Peter Brandon, "Job Mobility among Parents of Children with Chronic Health Conditions: Early Effects of the 2010 Affordable Care Act," Journal of Health Economics 48 (July 2016): 26-43.

Markowitz, Sara J., and Allison Evans Cuellar, "School Suspension and the School-to-Prison Pipeline," International Review of Law and Economics 43 (August 2015): 98-106.