Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, August 30, 2013

Awarding-winning economist joins La Follette School faculty


Jason Fletcher

Economist Jason Fletcher has joined the La Follette School faculty as an associate professor of public affairs.

A specialist in health economics, economics of education, and child and adolescent health policy, Fletcher focuses his research on examining social network effects on adolescent education and health outcomes, combining genetics and social science research, estimating long-term consequences of childhood mental illness, and child and adolescent mental health policy.

In 2012 Fletcher was selected for a career development award by the William T. Grant Foundation. That award is funding a study of the interplay between genetics and social settings in youth development. From 2010-2012 he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University.

Prior to joining the La Follette School, Fletcher was an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Yale School of Public Health.

His research has been recognized with the Victor Fuchs Research Award in Health Economics, the Dorothy S. Thomas Award, and he is a Distinguished Author from the journal Health Economics. He is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor.

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he is affiliated with the departments of Sociology, Agricultural and Applied Economics, and Population Health Sciences as well as the Institute for Research on Poverty, the Center for Demography and Ecology, and the Center for Demography of Health and Aging.  

Fletcher earned his bachelor of science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (summa cum laude) and his Ph.D. in applied economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.