Dr. Aaron Yelowitz is an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute and an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at University of Kentucky. He is also a Faculty Affiliate at the Joint Center for Poverty Research, a Research Associate at Institute for Research on Poverty, and a faculty affiliate for the UK Center for Poverty Research. He has previously served as an associate editor for the Journal of Public Economics. Yelowitz received his Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1994, and has previously worked at UCLA as an assistant professor. His publications focus on the economic consequences of Medicaid, public housing, SSI, WIC, Food Stamps, and AFDC/TANF. Many of the papers focus on the linkages between different poverty alleviation programs, such as the disincentives to leave AFDC because of the loss of Medicaid health insurance. He has published articles in the Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Economic Inquiry and Pediatric Neurology. He has refereed for more than 25 peer-reviewed publications, including American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and Quarterly Journal of Economics. Yelowitz’s most recent work focuses on the impacts of living wage mandates and health insurance mandates. He has presented his living wage research at the American Economic Association meetings, to the City of Atlanta Living Wage Commission, and to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He has also testified as an expert witness in the Santa Fe Living Wage trial. His most recent living wage study is forthcoming in the peer-reviewed journal Economic Development Quarterly.

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Cato Studies

The Massachusetts Health Plan: Much Pain, Little Gain

Policy Analysis No. 657. January 19, 2010.

ObamaCare: A Bad Deal for Young Adults

Briefing Paper No. 115. November 5, 2009.