David Molitor

David Molitor

Assistant Professor of Finance

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4048 Business Instructional Facility

515 Gregory Drive

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

  • ORMIR Faculty Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020 to present
  • Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2014 to present
  • Assistant Professor of Finance, Finance, University of Illinois, 2013 to present
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, 2012-2013

Recent Publications

  • Jones, D., Molitor, D., & Reif, J. (2019). What Do Workplace Wellness Programs Do? Evidence from the Illinois Workplace Wellness Study. Quarterly Journal of Economics.
  • Jones, D., Molitor, D., & Reif, J. (2019). A Reason to be Skeptical of the Workplace Wellness Industry. Scientific American.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Other Publications

Working Papers

  • Deryugina, T., Miller, N., Molitor, D., & Reif, J. Geographic and Socioeconomic Heterogeneity in the Benefits of Reducing Air Pollution in the United States.
  • Deryugina, T., & Molitor, D. Does When You Die Depend on Where You Live? Evidence from Hurricane Katrina.
  • Heutel, G., Miller, N., & Molitor, D. Adaptation and the Mortality Effects of Temperature across US Climate Regions.

Grants

  • Worksite Wellness: A Field Experiment on Participation Incentives and Selection into Wellness Programs, National Science Foundation, 2017-2019
  • 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.

  • Big Data Analytics (FIN 580) Lectures and discussions relating to new areas of interest. See class schedule for topics and prerequisites.

Contact

4048 Business Instructional Facility

515 Gregory Drive

Champaign, IL 61820

217-244-0504

dmolitor@illinois.edu

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