Alicia Atwood

Assistant Professor of Economics

Alicia Atwood is an applied microeconomist with interests in health and labor economics. Her research focuses on three interrelated topics: (1) employer-based health insurance and how plan design impacts utilization and outcomes, (2) financial incentives and how the timing and amount of payments allow individuals to consumption smooth or not; and (3) human capital development, specifically the long-run impacts of investments in health.

She joined the Vassar faulty in 2018. She teaches introduction to economics and health economics. She earned her PhD in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, her MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in Health Policy and Management, and her BS in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.  

BS, Johns Hopkins University; MPH, Columbia University in the City of New York; PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
At Vassar since 2018


Blodgett Hall
Box 283

Research and Academic Interests

Applied Microeconomics
Health Economics
Labor Economics


ECON 220 Health Economics
STS 220 Health Economics