Ph.D. University of North Carolina
B.A. North Carolina State University
Research interests: health economics, applied microeconometrics
Darden's research interests lie broadly in applied microeconomics and specifically in the economics of health and information. His current work can be divided along two main paths. First, his research explores individual decision making in the context of health and health care markets. Darden is interested in the dynamics of health decisions over time and the roles that information asymmetries may play in such decisions. He is currently studying how the receipt of information, health-related or otherwise, and the resolution or lessening of uncertainty may influence smoking behavior. The second path of his research focuses on empirical methodology. He is interested in the estimation of dynamic discrete choice models that are derived from theoretical models of choice. Additionally, in both a structural and reduced-form sense, Darden studies the modeling of unobserved heterogeneity in micro-econometric models. He is specifically interested in the application of less-parametric models of unobserved heterogeneity such as the discrete factor method for random effects.
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