Jason Fletcher

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Associate Professor of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
(203) 503 1948

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.

SSN Briefs

Key Publications

  • "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 David Frisvold and Nathan Tefft). 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 Ethan Cohen-Cole). Journal of Health Economics 27, no. 5 (2008): 1382-1387.
    Finds that environmental effects appear more important than social network effects in explaining obesity.

Media Contributions

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.