Michael T. French

Michael T. French

Professor, Health Management and Policy

Research Interests

Health economics; health policy; alternative health care delivery systems; human resource economics; transportation policies; workplace discrimination; and behavioral health evaluations

Featured Publications

  • French, M.T., J.C. Maclean, P.K. Robins, B. Sayed, and L. Shiferaw. 2016. “Tattoos, Employment, and Earnings: Is There a Link in the Ink?” Southern Economic Journal. 82(4): 1212–1246.

    Maclean, J.C., I. Popovici, and M.T. French. 2016. “Are Natural Disasters in Early Childhood Associated with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders as an Adult?” Social Science and Medicine. 151:78-91.

    French, M.T., and G. Gumus. 2015. “Fast Times During Spring Break: Are Traffic Fatalities Another Consequence?” Economic Inquiry. 53(1):745-757.

    French, M.T., J.F. Homer, I. Popovici, and P.K Robins. 2015. “What You Do in High School Matters: High School GPA, Educational Attainment, and Labor Market Earnings as a Young Adult.” Eastern Economic Journal. 41: 370-386.

    Balsa, A.I., M.T. French, and T. Regan. 2014. “Relative Deprivation and Risky Behaviors.” Journal of Human Resources. 49(2):446-471.

    French, M.T., and G. Gumus. 2014. “Macroeconomic Fluctuations and Motorcycle Fatalities in the U.S.” Social Science and Medicine. 104:187-193.

    Maclean, J.C., H. Xu, M.T. French, and S.L. Ettner. 2014. “Mental Health and High-Cost Health Care Utilization: New Evidence from Axis II Disorders.” Health Services Research. 49(2):683-704.

    Maclean, J.C., and M.T. French. 2014. “Personality Disorders, Alcohol Use, and Alcohol Misuse.” Social Science and Medicine. 120:286-300.

    French, M.T., I. Popovici, P.K. Robins, and J.F. Homer. 2014. “Personal Traits, Cohabitation, and Marriage.” Social Science Research. 45:184-199.

Teaching and Professional Experience

  • Editor, Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 2015 - Present
  • Editorial Board, Evaluation and Program Planning, 2011 - Present
  • Editorial Board, Health Services Research, 2009 - Present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 2001 - Present


  • Economics
  • Quasi-experimental designs
  • Decision Analysis


  • Ph.D., Economics, Boston College, 1986
  • Economics, Boston College, 1984
  • B.A., Economics, James Madison University, 1982

Honors and Awards

  • Georgescu-Roegen Prize, Southern Economic Association, 2016
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