David Molitor

David Molitor

Associate Professor of Finance and RC Evans Data Analytics Scholar

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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

  • 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 (by courtesy), Economics, University of Illinois, 2013 to present
  • Assistant Professor of Finance, Finance, University of Illinois, 2013 to present
  • Research Associate, Center for Business and Public Policy, University of Illinois, 2013 to present
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, 2012-2013

Recent Publications

  • Borgschulte, M., Molitor, D., & Zou, E. (2022). Air Pollution and the Labor Market: Evidence from Wildfire Smoke. Review of Economics and Statistics.
  • 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., & Molitor, D. (2020). Does When You Die Depend on Where You Live? Evidence from Hurricane Katrina. American Economic Review.
  • Deryugina, T., Miller, N., Molitor, D., & Reif, J. (2020). Geographic and Socioeconomic Heterogeneity in the Benefits of Reducing Air Pollution in the United States. Environmental and Energy Policy and the Economy ( vol. 2,).
  • 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.

Other Publications

Articles

  • 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.
  • 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

  • Reif, J., & Molitor, D. (2021). Excess Mortality in California During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic, March to August 2020 Reply. ( 2 ed vol. 181,).

Honors and Awards

  • RC Evans Data Analytics Scholar, University of Illinois, Gies College of Business, 2020 to present
  • Arnold O. Beckman Research Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2022-2023
  • 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
  • Campbell Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 2020
  • iHEA Arrow Award for Best Paper in Health Economics, iHEA, 2020
  • NIHCM Foundation Research Award, NIHCM, 2020
  • 2020 National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation Research Award, National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM), 2020
  • Best Professor, M.S. Finance Class of 2019, University of Illinois, 2019

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.

  • Big Data Analytics in Finance (FIN 550) 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 Drive

Champaign, IL 61820

217-244-0504

dmolitor@illinois.edu

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