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Ben Cowan


I am an assistant professor of economics at Washington State University and a faculty research fellow in the health economics program of the National Bureau of Economic Research. My research interests include health economics, labor economics, and the economics of education. I am particularly interested in how higher education policies affect educational attainment, labor-market outcomes, and health. I have examined the effects of college expectations on high-school students’ risky health behaviors, how financial credit constraints contribute to college enrollment decisions, and how receipt of merit-based financial aid affects college students’ alcohol consumption. I am currently researching how financial aid rules influence demand for college amenities, how college athletics affect patterns of student risky behaviors, and how the cost of college affects educational attainment and health outcomes later in life.

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