Susan Chen

Associate Professor

Economics, Finance, & Legal Studies

Phone: 205-348-8963
Email: sechen@culverhouse.ua.edu
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Focus and Current Research

Health Economics, Labor Economics, Economic Demography.


Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004, Economics 

Honors Achievements & Affiliations

Dr. Chen is a health economist with a research agenda that focuses on topics in aging and nutrition. Dr. Chen’s research in aging focuses on estimating the effect of government programs such as the Social Security Disability Insurance on the early retirement decisions of prime aged men. In more recent work she has focused on modeling joint household labor supply decisions and estimating the effect of disability insurance on spousal labor supply. Dr. Chen’s work in nutrition focuses on the role of food retailers and their effect on obesity and food consumption. She has published in the Journal of Econometrics, Economics and Human Biology, the Economic Geography Journal, and the Journal of Nutrition.

Selected Publications

"Consumer Shopping Strategies and Prices Paid in Retail Food Markets." (With J. Binkley.) Journal of Consumer Affairs. 2016. doi: 10.1111/joca.12098

"Too Busy to Eat with the Kids: Parental Work and Children's Eating." (With A. Moser and R. Nayga.) Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. 2015. doi: 10.1093/aepp/ppv001

Obesity and Fast food in Urban Markets: A New Approach Using Geo-referenced Micro Data." (With R. Florax and S. Snyder.) Health Economics. 2013. doi: 10.1002/hec.2863

Associations between maternal employment and time spent in nutrition related behaviours among German children and mothers." (With A. Moser, S.B. Jilcott, and R.M. Nayga.) Public Health Nutrition. 2012. doi: 10.1017/S1368980011003375

"An Exploration of the Relationship between Income and Eating Behavior." (With J. Lio and J. Binkley.) Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. 2012. Available at http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/bitstream/123315/2/liu%20-%20current.pdf

Input Choices in Agriculture: Is There a Gender Bias?." (With P. Bhagowalia and G. Shively.) World Development. 2011. doi: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2010.09.012

“Food stamp participation is associated with fewer meals away from home, yet higher body mass index and waist circumference in a nationally representative sample.” (With S. Jilcott, H. Liu, H. Duboxe, and S. Kranz.) Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2011. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2010.06.001

"Obesity and Access to Chain Grocers." (With R. Florax and S. Snyder.) Economic Geography Journal. 2011. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-8287.2010.01090.x

“Effects and Determinants of Mild Underweight among Preschool Children Across Countries and Over Time.” (With P. Bhagowalia and W. Masters.) Economics & Human Biology. 2011. doi: 10.1016/j.ehb.2010.05.002

“Zoning For Health: The Obesity Epidemic and Opportunities for Local Policy Intervention.” (With R. Florax.) Journal of Nutrition. 2010. doi: 10.3945/jn.109.111336

“Spatial Models of Health Outcomes and Health Behaviors: The Role of Health Care Accessibility and Availability.” (With Brigitte Waldorf.) In A. Páez, J. Le Gallo, R. Buliung and S. Dall’Erba eds., Progress in Spatial Analysis: Methods and Applications. Springer 2009. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-03326-1_16

“The Work Disincentive Effects of the Disability Insurance Program in the 1990’s.” (With H. W. Van der Klaauw.) Journal of Econometrics. 2008. doi: 10.1016/j.jeconom.2007.05.016