David Frisvold

Title & Affiliation
Director and Senior Research Fellow in Residence Social and Education Policy Research Program
Associate Professor Department of Economics


  • PhD, Economics, Vanderbilt University, 2006
  • BS, Mathematical Economics, Wake Forest University, 1998

David Frisvold’s research interests are health economics and the economics of education. His research examines whether and how public policies influence health and outcomes outcomes, with a particular focus on policies targeted towards children. Frizvold's research has been published in a variety of leading economics journals including Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, and Journal of Human Resources and leading journals in other fields, including Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Demography, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Health Affairs.  His research has been funded by various institutes and organizations including the NIH, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, University of California Davis Center for Poverty Research, and Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin. Prior to joining Iowa, Frisvold was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan until 2008 and an assistant professor of Economics at Emory University until 2013.

Frisvold is currently a co-editor at the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and an associate editor at Economics and Human Biology. He is a National Bureau of Economic Research Research Associate and an IZA Institute of Labor Economics Research Fellow. 

Research Interests

  • Education policy
  • Food assistance programs
  • Obesity policy