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Frederick J. Zimmerman is an economist with a background in institutional and behavioral economics. His research illuminates the intersection of institutional or behavioral economics and the social determinants of health.
Dr. Zimmerman has a particular interest in how economic structure—including poverty and inequality—influence population health. Dr. Zimmerman published one of the earliest agent-based models in economics, which showed how the poor managed assets so conservatively that they ended up with low returns. Since then his research has focused on other ways in which economic status influences health outcomes. Research topics have included the effects of media on child health; the effects of food marketing on obesity; and the opportunity costs of healthcare spending. An emerging research interest is the political economy of health and social policy in Los Angeles County.
Dr. Zimmerman has taught classes on Advanced Statistical Research Methods, Determinants of Health, and Public Health Ethics.