J. Paul Leigh, Ph.D.
CHPR Core Faculty & Professor of Health Economics

Department of Public Health Sciences
University of California, Davis
Davis, California 95616-8638

Phone (530) 754-8605
Fax       (530) 752-3239
e-mail pleigh@ucdavis.edu

Research Interests
The cost of injuries; econometrics; instrumental variables in health economics


J. Paul Leigh received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His fields of expertise are health and labor economics as well as econometrics. In recent years he has written papers on tobit regression, instrumental variables, and attrition bias that attempt to popularize econometric techniques for research physicians and epidemiologists. He has also written papers that estimate the costs of occupational injuries and illnesses as well as costs of hepatitis C. Additional research interests include workers compensation, arthritis, and effects of gasoline prices on highway fatalities.

"If it's not fun, it's not economics." 

Recent Publications

Physician wages across specialties: informing the physician reimbursement debate. Leigh JP, Tancredi D, Jerant A, Kravitz RL. Arch Intern Med. 2010 Oct 25;170(19):1728-34.

Estimating the effects of wages on obesity. Kim D, Leigh JP. J Occup Environ Med. 2010 May;52(5):495-500.

Physician career satisfaction within specialties. Leigh JP, Tancredi DJ, Kravitz RL. BMC Health Serv Res. 2009 Sep 16;9:166.
Hypertension and Occupation Among Seniors. Leigh JP, Du J. J Occup Environ Med. 2009 Jun;51(6):661-71.

Trends in Components of Medical Spending Within Workers Compensation: Results From 37 States Combined. Shuford H, Restrepo T, Beaven N, Leigh JP. J Occup Environ Med. 2009 Feb;51(2):232-238.

Characteristics of persons and jobs with needlestick injuries in a national data set. Leigh JP, Wiatrowski WJ, Gillen M, Steenland NK. American Journal of Infection Control 2008 Aug;36(6):414-20.

High Gasoline Prices and Mortality From Motor Vehicle Crashes and Air Pollution. Leigh JP, Geraghty EM. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2008 Mar;50(3):249-54.

Cigarette prices, smoking, and the poor: implications of recent trends. Franks P, Jerant AF, Leigh JP, Lee D, Chiem A, Lewis I, Lee S. American Journal of Public Health. 2007 Oct;97(10):1873-7. Epub 2007 Aug 29.

Costs of needlestick injuries and subsequent hepatitis and HIV infection. Leigh JP, Gillen M, Franks P, Sutherland S, Nguyen HH, Steenland K, Xing G. Curr Med Res Opin. 2007 Jul 25; [Epub ahead of print] 

An economic model of adverse events and costs for oral anticoagulants used for atrial fibrillation. Leigh JP, White RH. Curr Med Res Opin. 2007 Jul 24; [Epub ahead of print] 

Costs differences across demographic groups and types of occupational injuries and illnesses. Leigh JP, Waehrer G, Miller TR, McCurdy SA. Am J Ind Med. 2006 Oct;49(10):845-53 

Differences in workers' compensation disability and impairment ratings under old and new California law. Leigh JP, McCurdy SA. J Occup Environ Med. 2006 Apr;48(4):419-25 

Expanding research on the economics of occupational health. Leigh JP  Scand J Work Environ Health. 2006 Feb;32(1):1-4. 

Lifestyle risk factors predict healthcare costs in an aging cohort. Leigh JP, Hubert HB, Romano PS. Am J Prev Med. 2005 Dec;29(5):379-87. 

The impact of pediatric intensive care unit volume on mortality: a hierarchical instrumental variable analysis. Marcin JP, Song J, Leigh JP. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2005 Mar;6(2):136-41. 

Costs of occupational injury and illness within the health services sector. Waehrer G, Leigh JP, Miller TR. Int J Health Serv. 2005;35(2):343-59.