Jody L. Sindelar PhD

Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and of Economics; Executive Committee, ISPS; Research Associate, NBER

Research Interests

Substance abuse economics

Current Projects

  • Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Sciences (TCORS): Project 4 — Economics, experiments and PATH data: creating knowledge for tobacco regulation
  • Incentives to Quit Smoking in CT Medicaid: Role of Medical Homes — "Rewards to Quit Program"
  • Financial Motivations to Quit Smoking and Prevent Related Economic Costs
  • Addiction, Economics and Policy: Pre-doc T32 Training Grant
  • Aging Research at the 2010 through 2014 ASHEcon Biennial Conferences
  • National Implementation of Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan CAHPS Survey

Research Summary

Dr. Sindelar is a professor of public health and a health economist at the Yale School of Public Health. In addition, she is a Research Associate at the National Bureau Economic Research, is a Research Fellow at IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor) an Associated Faculty at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale, and has been the President of the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon). She has published over 100 papers, served on editorial and other boards, and has presented her research internationally.

Dr. Sindelar is an expert on the economics of substance abuse including alcoholism, illicit drugs and smoking. Her studies include lost productivity, cost-effectiveness of treatments, social costs, and policy. She has published on the impacts of substance abuse on productivity, educational attainment, gender differences, and related policy issues in economics, policy, addiction, health and medical journals.


Selected Publications

  • Sindelar JL and O’Malley SS. Financial versus Health Incentives to Quit Smoking: A Randomized Field Study. Preventive Medicine. 2013 Oct 16. doi:pii: S0091-7435(13)00378-2. 10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.10.008. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Sindelar JL and Strombotne KL. Is Research in Substance Abuse Undervalued? Addiction. 2013 Oct 9. doi: 10.1111/add.12334. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Richards MR and Sindelar JL. Rewarding Healthy Food Choices in SNAP: Behavioral Economic Applications, The Milbank Quarterly. 2013 Jun;91(2):395-412. doi: 10.1111/milq.12017.
  • Young-Wolff KC, Hyland AJ, Desai R, Sindelar JL, Pilver CE, McKee SA. Smoke-free policies in drinking venues predict transitions in alcohol use disorders in a longitudinal U.S. sample. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Vol. 128, Issue 3, March 2013, pp. 214-221.
  • Ayyagari P, Deb P, Fletcher J, Gallo W and Sindelar JL: Understanding heterogeneity in price elasticities in the demand for alcohol for older individuals. Health Econ. 2013 Jan;22 (1) :89-105. Epub 2011 Dec 12. PMID: 22162113
  • Kelly IR, Dave D, Sindelar JL, and Gallo WT. The Impact of Early Occupational Choice on Health Behaviors. Review of Household Economics. Published online October 23, 2012.
  • Sindelar JL and Torsiello N. Optimizing Financial Incentives to Improve Health among Military Personnel: Differences by Pay Grade and across Branches. Preventive Medicine. 2012 Nov;55 Suppl:S116-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.03.017. Epub 2012 Jun 5. PMCID: PMC3641555.
  • Fletcher JM and Sindelar JL. The Effects of Family Stressors on Substance Use Initiation. Rev. Econ. Household, March 2012, 10(1):99-114. PMCID: PMC3777731.

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