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Don Kenkel

Joan K. and Irwin M. Jacobs Professor

Don Kenkel

M Van Rensselaer Hall, Room 2310
414 Uris Hall

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1987



Donald Kenkel's expertise is in areas of health economics and public sector economics. Broadly speaking, most of his research is on the economics of disease prevention and health promotion. He is the author of the chapter on "Prevention" in the Handbook of Health Economics (2000). He has conducted a series of studies on the economics of public health policies, including: alcohol taxes and other policies to prevent alcohol problems (Journal of Applied Econometrics 2001, American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings 2005); cigarette taxes to prevent youth smoking (Journal of Political Economy 2002, Journal of Health Economics 2008); and advertising to promote smoking cessation (Journal of Political Economy 2007). Another area of research and teaching interest is in cost-benefit analysis of public policies, especially policies that affect health.


health economics, public health, tobacco control, cost-benefit analysis


  • Economics

Graduate Fields

  • Clinical Epidemiology & Health Services Research
  • Economics
  • Policy Analysis and Management
  • Public Affairs


Donald Kenkel's current research includes studies of the economics of smoking, the impact of cigarette and food advertising, and direct-to-consumer advertising of pharmaceutical products. He is beginning a new research agenda on the economics of tobacco regulation.