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Health Insurance, Medicaid, Racial Disparities, Real Estate Economics, Bitcoin, Affordable Care Act, Medicaid Managed Care, COVID-19, Life Insurance


Dr. Aaron Yelowitz is a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Kentucky. He is also a joint faculty member in the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky, a senior fellow with the Cato Institute, and a research fellow with the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). He serves on the editorial boards for Journal of Labor Research, Public Finance Review, and Inquiry.

Dr. Yelowitz received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1994 and has previously worked at UCLA as an assistant professor. He also previously served as director of the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise at University of Kentucky. Under his leadership, ISFE received $3 million gift from the Joseph W. Craft III Foundation. He has published articles in economics and health-related journals including the Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Health Economics, and Inquiry. He has taught graduate classes on public economics and health economics and undergraduate classes on health economics, labor economics, public economics, housing economics, and poverty and welfare programs.

Dr. Yelowitz's research has been featured in print publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, MarketWatch, Investor's Business Daily, the National Review, the Daily Caller, the Washington Times, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, the Orange County Register, the Houston Chronicle, the Boston Globe, the Louisville Courier Journal, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. He has also appeared on CNN's OutFront, CNBC's Street Signs, National Public Radio, KET's Kentucky Tonight, and WKYT's news hour.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute Of Techn


Bachelor of Arts, Univ Of California - Santa Barbara



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