Key Researchers


Key Researchers: Clean Indoor Air

David Levy, Ph.D.
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation

David Levy has a PhD from UCLA in Economics. He is currently a Senior Research Scientist for Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation and a Professor of Economics at University of Baltimore. He has published over 100 papers, including articles in the American Economic Review, American Journal of Public Health, JAMA, Medical Care, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Tobacco Control, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. His articles examine substance abuse and other public health issues. He has also written numerous government reports on tobacco control policy, alcohol control policy, alcohol, and cost outcome analysis, and has been principal investigator of grants from the National Institutes of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, the Tobacco Related Disease Research Program, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Levy is currently overseeing the design and development of the SimSmoke tobacco policy simulation model. The simulation model predicts the effect of tobacco policies, such as tax increases, media campaigns, youth access policies, and cessation treatment policies, and helps to understand how these policies may be effectively implemented. He has published over 40 articles related to the model and related tobacco control issues. He has developed models for the United States, the states of California, New York and Arizona, and for Argentina, China, Taiwan, Poland and Viet Nam in cooperation with the World Health Organization.
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