Research program involves estimating the changes in direct healthcare costs due to changes in smoking behavior in large populations, and changes in exposure to passive smoking and health care cost and utilization attributable to adoption of smoke-free laws. Dr. Lightwood has done research in cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis of disease prevention and management programs, cost savings attributable to smoking cessation, and the economics of infectious disease control.
In this project, we forecast changes in California smoking behavior and health care costs due to state tobacco control policies. The goals of this project include estimating and forecasting changes in statewide California smoking behavior and health care costs. These changes are due to state tobacco control policies and changes in the state cigarette tax and funding for tobacco control education programs. The project goals also include analysis and reconciliation of different methods of estimating the effect of California tobacco control programs and the health care cost of smoking behavior.
University of Southern California, Los Angeles Ph.D. 1994 Economics
University of Southern California1, Los Angeles M.A. 1989 Economics
University of California, Los Angeles B.A. 1979 Economics