Associate Professor of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Expertise & Civic Involvements
Fletcher’s research investigates how public policies affect adolescent health behaviors and outcomes, such as obesity, tobacco use, and alcohol use; how social networks impact health; how teenage fertility affects education and employment outcomes; and how childhood health status affects adult health, employment, and education.
"The Effects of Teenage Childbearing on the Short- and Long-Term Health Behaviors of Mothers" Journal of Population Economics 25, no. 1 (2012): 201-218. Shows that early childbearing is protective against some risky health behaviors for adults.
"The Effects of Soft Drink Taxation on Soft Drink Consumption and Weight for Children and Adolescents" (with ). Journal of Public Economics 94, no. 11 (2010): 967-974. Demonstrates that soft drink taxation has no impacts on obesity.
"Is Obesity Contagious? Social Networks vs. Environmental Factors in the Obesity Epidemic" (with ). Journal of Health Economics 27, no. 5 (2008): 1382-1387. Finds that environmental effects appear more important than social network effects in explaining obesity.
- Jason Fletcher's research on the impacts of diabetes on education and employment discussed in , "Economic Toll of Diabetes Begins Early," New York Times, January 9, 2012.
- Jason Fletcher's research on the effects of attending a highly selective college on later health behaviors such as smoking and drinking discussed in , "College Costs and Selectivity May Influence Health and Behavior Choices," The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 26, 2011.
- Jason Fletcher's research on the impacts of soda taxes on obesity discussed in , "Taxing Sodas for a Healthier Economy?," Time Magazine, July 12, 2010.
- Jason Fletcher's research on social contagion in health behaviors discussed in , "Everything is Contagious," Slate, April 8, 2010.
Talks and Briefings
- "New Evidence of the Consequences of Teenage Parenthood," The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University, New Haven, CT, October 2011.
- "Friendship Networks and Health Behaviors," Twentieth European Workshop on Econometrics and Health Economics at York University, York, England, September 2011.
- "Long Term Effects of Childhood ADHD on Labor Market Outcomes," Population Association of America, Washington, DC, April 2011.
- "The Medium Term Effects of Low Birth Weight: Evidence from Siblings and Twins," American Economic Association, Atlanta, GA, January 2010.
- "The Effects of Soft Drink Taxation on Soft Drink Consumption and Weight for Children and Adolescents," Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Eating Conference, Tucson, AZ, December 2009.