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. Research topics have included the effects of media on child health; the effects of food marketing on obesity; and the opportunity costs of medical spending; and the political economy of health and social policy. He has integrated economic, sociological, and psychological perspectives of behavior into a multi-level theory that unifies both individual and population-level determinants of health. His current research is in the UCLA Center for Health Advancement, where he is developing a simulation model of the impact of health and social policy on population health, high-school graduation rates, crime rates, and local government finances for several jurisdictions around the country.
Dr. Zimmerman’s research has been profiled in the New York Times, on NPR, the BBC, Radio France Internationale and many other media outlets. He blogs on Public Health Advances at uclacha.org/blog.
Dr. Zimmerman teaches classes on Advanced Statistical Research Methods, Determinants of Health, and Public Health Ethics.