Abigail S. Friedman Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Public Health (Health Policy)
  • Assistant Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies

Tobacco policy, electronic cigarettes, health economics, health policy


My research applies models and methods from economics to study the causal determinants of tobacco and substance use, with a particular interest in the impacts of state and federal policies on the development of habitual use. My published work includes the first quasi-experimental analysis of how state minimum legal sales ages for electronic cigarettes shape minors’ conventional cigarette use, as well as an analysis of how the Affordable Care Act’s tobacco surcharges affect smokers’ insurance take-up and cessation.