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

  • Timming, A.R., M.T. French , and D. Fan. In Press. “Exploring the Fluid Boundary Between ‘Legitimate Performance Management’ and ‘Downward Bullying’: An Experimental Approach.” Industrial Relations Journal. 50(4):348-361.

    Mortensen, K., M.T. French, and A.R. Timming. 2019. “Are Tattoos Associated with Negative Health-Related Outcomes and Risky Behaviors?” International Journal of Dermatology. 58(7):816-824.

    French, M.T. , K. Mortensen, and A.R. Timming. 2019. “Are Tattoos Associated with Employment and Wage Discrimination?: Analyzing the Relationships Between Body Art and Labor Market Outcomes.” Human Relations. 72(5):962–987. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0018726718782597

    Lubarsky, D.A., M.T. French, H.S Gitlow, L.F. Rosen, and S.G. Ullmann. 2019. “ Why Money Alone Can’t (Always) ‘Nudge’ Physicians: The Role of Behavioral Economics in the Design of Physician Incentives.” Anesthesiology. 130:154-170.

    French, M.T., and G. Gumus. 2018. “Watch for Motorcycles! The Effects of Texting and Handheld Bans on Motorcyclist Fatalities.” Social Science and Medicine. 216:81-87.

    Mortensen K., M.T. French, M. Alcala, and T. Hu. 2018. “Self-reported Health Status Differs for Amazon’s Mechanical Turk Respondents Compared to Nationally Representative Surveys. Medical Care. 56(3):211-15.

    Horn, B.P., X. Li, S. Mamun, B. McCrady, P. Guerrin, and M.T. French. 2018. “The Economic Costs of Jail-Based Methadone Maintenance Treatment.” The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. 44(6):611-618. https://doi.org/10.1080/00952990.2018.1491048

    McCollister, K., X. Yang, B. Sayed, M.T. French, J.A. Leff, and B.R. Schackman. 2017. “Monetary Conversion Factors for Economic Evaluations of Substance Use Disorders.” Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 81(October):25-34.

    Mundt, M.P., O. Antonaccio, M.T. French, and L.I. Zakletskaia. 2017. “The Role of Adolescent Friendship Group Integration and Cohesion in Weapon-Related Violent Crime as a Young Adult.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 46(8):1643-1660.

    Horn, B.P., C. Crandall, A. Forcehimes, M.T. French, and M. Bogenschutz. 2017. “Benefit-Cost Analysis of SBIRT Interventions for Substance Using Patients in Emergency Departments.” Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 79(August):6-11.

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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