Rodrigo Aranda

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Rodrigo Aranda
Assistant Professor of Economics
5440 Freidmann Hall
Mailing address: 
Department of Economics
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5330 USA
  • Ph.D., Economic Analysis and Policy, Tulane University, 2019
  • M.S., Economic Analysis and Policy, Tulane University, 2015
  • B.S., Economics, Universidad Iberoamericana, 2009
Research interests: 
  • Applied microeconomics with focus on health economics
  • Economics of aging
  • Crime and development economics

Rodrigo Aranda is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Western Michigan University. He is also a Faculty Affiliate with the Georgia Policy Labs at Georgia State University.

Aranda's program of research specializes in applied microeconomics with a focus on health economics. His work centers on measuring the effects of public policies, high-profile events, and a changing environment have on health behaviors. His ongoing projects include studying the impact of increased access to sports in youth on later-life health outcomes, the influence of indirect exposure to high-profile acts of violence on physical activity, and the effects of cigarette taxes on birth outcomes.

Prior to joining WMU, Rodrigo was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Economic and Social Research at the University of Southern California, working jointly with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also served as a RCMAR Scholar at the Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center at the USC Schaeffer Center. Rodrigo was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Child & Family Policy Lab in the Georgia Policy Labs, and he previously worked at the National Council for Social Policy Evaluation in Mexico before pursuing his Ph.D.

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