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Justin Cook

Professor Justin Cook
Professional Title: 
Associate Professor & Department Chair
  • Economic growth
  • Macro-development

Justin Cook is an Associate Professor of Economics at UC Merced. His research focuses on long-run persistence and path dependence that stems from historical differences and early life environments. Another strand of his research focuses on assessing aggregate impacts from policy. Justin Cook’s research focuses on the natural selection of resistance to infectious disease and its role in contemporary economic development, the moderation of epidemiological transition from innate genetic disease resistance and the link between genetic diversity and economic development. His work has been published in journals such as The Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Economic Growth, and Journal of Health Economics. Cook received his Ph.D. in Economics from Louisiana State University. He served as a post-doc at Yale University, School of Public Health and the University of Wisconsin, Center for Demography and Ecology before coming to UC Merced.