Health Policy, Social & Education Policy

David Frisvold

  • Director, Social and Education Policy Research Program
  • Senior Research Fellow in Residence
  • Associate Professor, Department of Economics


David Frisvold’s research explores the role for government policies to enhance education and health outcomes, with an emphasis on policies targeted toward low-income children. More specifically, his research examines three interrelated themes: (1) understanding whether and how public investments in disadvantaged children improve health and education outcomes; (2) examining the influence of public policies on obesity; and (3) understanding the relationship between education and health. Prior to joining Iowa in 2013, Frisvold was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan and an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Emory University.  

Research Interests

  • Health economics
  • Childhood obesity
  • Food assistance programs
  • Early childhood education

Educational Background

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