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Elaine L. Hill, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-0165

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As an applied microeconomist, Dr. Hill's primary research interests are in health economics and environmental economics. In particular, her research focuses on the intersection between health, health policy, the environment and human capital formation. The unifying theme within these broad areas is the use of quasi-experimental designs to identify modifiable factors that are policy relevant. Her research also primarily studies vulnerable populations (e.g., pregnant women, children, rural populations, and older adults).

Dr. Hill is currently actively pursuing three distinct research directions. First, her NIH-funded research utilizes quasi-experimental methods to study the impacts of shale gas development on human health in the US. Through support from a DP5 award, Dr. Hill's team has studied the impacts of shale gas development on childhood asthma, drinking water contamination and environmental justice concerns as well as the economic consequences of this industry via hedonic models. Second, Dr. Hill is PI of an NCI-funded R01 equivalent grant studying drug shortages in oncology care and Co-I with the University of Rochester NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) Research Base which is directed by Drs. Gary Morrow and Karen Mustian. Third, she is examining public policies and health system factors that influence the opioid crisis. Within this emerging area, Dr. Hill is studying opioid-related mortality, opioid use during pregnancy and access to treatment.

Dr. Hill is a recipient of the NIH Director's Early Independence Award. She is also affiliated with Wilmot Cancer Institute, the Goergen Institute for Data Science, the Environmental Health Sciences Center, and the Center for Energy and Environment and maintains courtesy faculty positions at external institutions. Dr. Hill received her BA in Economics and Mathematics at Oberlin College in 2005 and her PhD in Applied Economics from Cornell University in 2014.



B.A. | Oberlin College
Economics and Mathematics, Economics Departmental Honors

PhD | Cornell University
Applied Economics and Management


Faculty Mentorship Award from UPSTAT Conference
Sponsor: American Statistical Association Upstate Chapter

2016 - 2018
NIH Loan Repayment Program
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

NIH Director's Early Independence Award
Sponsor: NIH

Cornell Population Center Rapid Response Grant ($2,000)
Location: Cornell University

Cornell Population Center Conference Travel Grant to PAA Meetings ($400)
Location: Cornell University

Population Association of America Poster Award

Cornell Population Center Conference Travel Grant to PAA Meetings ($400)
Location: Corning University

Cornell Population Center Seed Grant with David Sahn ($9,950)
Location: Cornell University

Economics Departmental Honors
Location: Oberlin College

Comfort Starr Prize in Economics
Location: Oberlin College

National Academic Squad by National Field Hockey Coaches Association

Jesse Phillips Prize for most outstanding junior economics major
Location: Oberlin College

Albert Rees Assistantship to the President's Council of Economic Advisors
Location: Oberlin College

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Journal Articles

Arastu A, Patel A, Mohile SG, Ciminelli J, Kaushik R, Wells M, Culakova E, Lei L, Xu H, Dougherty DW, Mohamed MR, Hill E, Duberstein P, Flannery MA, Kamen CS, Pandya C, Berenberg JL, Aarne Grossman VG, Liu Y, Loh KP. "Assessment of Financial Toxicity Among Older Adults With Advanced Cancer." JAMA network open.. 2020 Dec 1; 3(12):e2025810. Epub 2020 Dec 01.

Wagner AB, Hill EL, Ryan SE, Sun Z, Deng G, Bhadane S, Martinez VH, Wu P, Li D, Anand A, Acharya J, Matteson DS. "Social distancing merely stabilized COVID-19 in the US." . 2020 Jul 13; :e302. Epub 2020 Jul 13.

Boslett AJ, Denham A, Hill EL. "Using contributing causes of death improves prediction of opioid involvement in unclassified drug overdoses in US death records." Addiction.. 2020 Feb 27; Epub 2020 Feb 27.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Birth Spacing and Educational Outcomes
Book Title: Human Capital and Health Behavior
Author List: Elaine L Hill and David JG Slusky
Published By: Emerald Insight 2017