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Dept. of Health Services
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Nathan Tefft
Assistant Professor
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Economics

Professor Tefft is a health economist who joined the Health Services faculty in 2012. He has expertise in labor and public economics and is generally interested in the economics of health-related behaviors and outcomes.
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Research Interests:
Health and health-related behaviors including obesity, smoking, mental health, alcohol consumption, fatal automobile accidents; preventive medical services; health in the context of labor markets, macroeconomic fluctuations, taxation and safety net programs

Contact Information


office:   H-695 HSB

Magnuson Health Sciences Building
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195

campus box:   357660
voice:   206-221-5897
fax:   206-543-3964


PhD   University of Wisconsin, 2008   (Economics)
MA   University of Wisconsin, 2005   (Economics)
BA   Williams College, 2000   (Mathematics)

Teaching   (Department of Health Services Courses)

Recent Publications

Riera-Crichton D, Tefft N. Macronutrients and obesity: Revisiting the calories in, calories out framework. Econ Hum Biol. 2014 Jul;14:33-49. doi: 10.1016/j.ehb.2014.04.002. Epub 2014 Apr 29.  PMID: 24958452

Cotti C, Dunn RA, Tefft N. THE DOW IS KILLING ME: RISKY HEALTH BEHAVIORS AND THE STOCK MARKET. Health Econ. 2014 May 7. doi: 10.1002/hec.3062. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24803424

Cotti C, Dunn RA, Tefft N. Alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crash risk and the location of alcohol purchase. Soc Sci Med. 2014 May;108:201-9. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.03.003. Epub 2014 Mar 3.  PMID: 24675388

Fletcher JM, Frisvold DE, Tefft N. NON-LINEAR EFFECTS OF SODA TAXES ON CONSUMPTION AND WEIGHT OUTCOMES. Health Econ. 2014 Mar 10. doi: 10.1002/hec.3045. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24615758

Tefft N, Kageleiry A. State-level unemployment and the utilization of preventive medical services. Health Serv Res. 2014 Feb;49(1):186-205. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12091. Epub 2013 Jul 16.  PMID: 23855636

Dissertation, Thesis & Capstone Committees (recent HSERV graduates)

Member, thesis committee for Allison Thigpen
the effect of insurance coverage on Tennessee children's receipt of preventive dental services and oral health

Chair, thesis committee for Allison Emery
The relative role of attitudes about food cost, health and convenience in differences in diet quality in the Seattle Obesity Study I (SOS I)

External Funding (sampling of recent awards from UW SAGE data)

Unhealthy Drinking in Older Adults: 30-day Readmissions and Emergency Care
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
PI:   Tefft           Dates:    9/1/2013 - 8/31/2014

Innovative Methods for Modeling Lognitudinal Medical Costs
Northwestern University
PI:   Basu           Dates:    9/1/2013 - 8/31/2014