David Molitor

David Molitor

Associate Professor of Finance and Director of Gies Health Initiatives and Conrad W. and Shirley A. Hewitt Fellow and Deloitte Scholar

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4048 Business Instructional Facility

515 Gregory Dr

Champaign, IL 61820

217-244-0504

dmolitor@illinois.edu

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012
  • B.S., Mathematics & Economics, University of Minnesota, 2007

Positions Held

  • Director of Gies Health Initiatives, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2023 to present
  • Associate Professor of Finance, Finance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2021 to present
  • Affiliated Professor, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), 2019 to present
  • Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2014 to present
  • Assistant Professor of Finance, Finance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013-2021
  • Assistant Professor (by courtesy), Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013 to present
  • Research Associate, Center for Business and Public Policy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013 to present
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, 2012-2013

Recent Publications

  • Borgschulte, M., Molitor, D., & Zou, E. Forthcoming. Air Pollution and the Labor Market: Evidence from Wildfire Smoke. Review of Economics and Statistics.
  • Molitor, D., & White, C. Forthcoming. Do Cities Mitigate or Exacerbate Environmental Damages to Health? Regional Science and Urban Economics.  link >
  • Molitor, D., Mullins, J., & White, C. (2023). Air Pollution and Suicide in Rural and Urban America: Evidence from Wildfire Smoke. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  link >
  • Deryugina, T., & Molitor, D. (2021). The Causal Effects of Place on Health and Longevity. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 35 (4), 147–170.
  • Heutel, G., Miller, N., & Molitor, D. (2021). Adaptation and the Mortality Effects of Temperature across US Climate Regions. Review of Economics and Statistics, 103 (4), 740–753.  link >
  • Deryugina, T., Miller, N., Molitor, D., & Reif, J. (2021). Geographic and Socioeconomic Heterogeneity in the Benefits of Reducing Air Pollution in the United States. Environmental and Energy Policy and the Economy, 2.  link >

Other Publications

Articles

  • Deryugina, T., & Molitor, D. (2020). Does When You Die Depend on Where You Live? Evidence from Hurricane Katrina. American Economic Review.
  • Deryugina, T., Heutel, G., Miller, N., Molitor, D., & Reif, J. (2019). The Mortality and Medical Costs of Air Pollution: Evidence from Changes in Wind Direction. American Economic Review, 109 (12), 4178-4219.
  • Jones, D., Molitor, D., & Reif, J. (2019). What Do Workplace Wellness Programs Do? Evidence from the Illinois Workplace Wellness Study. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1747-1791.
  • Jones, D., Molitor, D., & Reif, J. (2019). A Reason to be Skeptical of the Workplace Wellness Industry. Scientific American.
  • Agha, L., & Molitor, D. (2018). The Influence of Pioneer Investigators on Technology Adoption: Evidence from New Cancer Drugs. Review of Economics and Statistics, 100 (1), 29-44.
  • Molitor, D. (2018). The Evolution of Physician Practice Styles: Evidence from Cardiologist Migration. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 10 (1), 326-356.
  • Jena, A., Olenski, A., Molitor, D., & Miller, N. (2017). Feeling it in your bones: A retrospective claims analysis of the association between rainfall and diagnosis of joint or back pain British Medical Journal, 359 j5326.

Honors and Awards

  • Conrad W. and Shirley A. Hewitt Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2023 to present
  • Deloitte Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2023 to present
  • Arnold O. Beckman Research Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2022-2023
  • RC Evans Data Analytics Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020-2023
  • 2021-2022 Faculty Fellow, The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois, 2022
  • Disruption & Innovation Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2021-2022
  • NCSA Faculty Fellow, University of Illinois, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, 2021-2022
  • ORMIR Faculty Fellow, University of Illinois, 2020-2021
  • NIHCM Foundation Research Award, NIHCM, 2020
  • Campbell Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 2020
  • iHEA Arrow Award for Best Paper in Health Economics, iHEA, 2020
  • 2020 National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation Research Award, National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM), 2020

Grants

  • Worksite Wellness: A Field Experiment on Participation Incentives and Selection into Wellness Programs, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2016-2018
  • Worksite Wellness: A Field Experiment on Participation Incentives and Selection into Wellness Programs, National Institute of Health/National Institute on Aging, 2015-2018

Current Courses

  • Big Data Analytics in Finance (FIN 510) Recent trends in "big data" present both enormous challenges and opportunities for businesses. This course introduces concepts and techniques of data analytics and shows how they can be used for making predictions, and to distinguish between correlation and causation, in the context of financial and economic analysis. Covered tools include data visualization, machine learning, regression analysis, randomized trials, A/B testing, and quasi-experiments. Students will apply these tools using R programming within the Amazon Web Services cloud computing environment.

Contact

4048 Business Instructional Facility

515 Gregory Dr

Champaign, IL 61820

217-244-0504

dmolitor@illinois.edu

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