Michael Darden

Michael Profile

Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Tulane University
206 Tilton Hall
New Orleans, LA 70118
504-862-8343 tel
504-865-5869 fax
Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Economics, 2011
  • B.S. North Carolina State University
    Economics, 2005


  • Tulane University, Department of Economics, Assistant Professor (2011–present)
  • External Affiliate, Health Econometrics and Data Group, The University of York, UK, Oct. (2010-–present)

Research fields

Health economics and applied microeconomics

Research interests

Learning and information in the context of health and healthcare.

Journal Articles

Working papers

  • “Smoking, Morbidity, and Mortality: Evidence from a Long Panel," (with Donna Gilleskie and Koleman Strumpf). Revisions Requested at International Economic Review.

  • "Unintended Consequences of the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program: An Impending Threat to Inner City Health Care Delivery,'' (with Joseph Buell, Reverend Lucas, Reverend Vanessa Landry-Sanchez, Seth Christian, Emad Kandil, Myra Kleinpeter, Paul Friedlander, Geoffrey Parker). Under Review.

  • "Information, Choice, and Obesity: Measuring the Impact of the New York City Calorie Labeling Mandate on Obesity," with (with Rodrigo Aranda Balcazar and Diego Rose).

  • "Health Reform and the Labor Market: Is Mental Health the Connection," (with Gultekin Gollu).

Research in Progress

  • "Job Stress and Occupational Sorting in Young Adults" (with Matthew Harris)

  • "The Health Care Costs of Smoking Among the Elderly" (with Robert Kaestner)

Interdisciplinary Work

  • "Initial Experience with Biologic Polymer Scaffold (Poly-4-hydroxybuturate) in Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction" (with Joseph F. Buell, David Sigmon Christopher Ducoin, Max Shapiro, Nikil Teja, Emit Wynter, Mark Shapiro, Kathrine Hanisee, Geoff Parker, and Emad Kandil.) Forthcoming at the Annals of Surgery.

  • "Workplace Stress in the United States: Issues and Policies," OECD Economics Department Working Papers, No. 1150, OECD Publishing.

206 Tilton Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 tel 504-865-5321 fax 504-865-5869