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Frederick J. Zimmerman is an economist with a background in institutional and behavioral economics. His research illuminates the intersection of economics and the determinants of health. Dr. Zimmerman also teaches and does research in ethical aspects of public health policy.
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 is currently working on a simulation model of the impact of health and social policy on population health, high-school graduation rates, crime rates, and local government finances.
Dr. Zimmerman teaches classes on Advanced Statistical Research Methods, Determinants of Health, and Public Health Ethics.