Zeynep Hansen, PhD
Dr. Zeynep Hansen joined the Department of Economics at Boise State University in 2007. Previously, she served on the faculty of Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her PhD in economics from the University of Arizona, and is a graduate of Boise state University. Dr. Hansen is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Development of the American Economy Group. She has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, Jour¬nal of Law and Economics, and Journal of Economic History. Most of her research focuses on agricultural policy in the development of the American economy. Her other research interests are in the health policy, strategic biotechnology-pharmaceutical alliances, and preventive health behavior and the use of health care services by minorities. Her current research focuses on the water infrastructure and historical water use in the western United States. She teaches courses in Health Economics, History of Economic Thought and the U.S. Economic History.
- PhD, Economics, University of Arizona; MA, Economics, University of Arizona; BA, Economics, Mathematics, Boise State University
- Dr. Hansen's research agenda has two ares of inquiry. The first focuses on studying natural experiments and controversies from United States economic history that have relevance to current issues and problems. Second, in studying economics of the pharmaceutical industry and issues within the broad field of health economics. Although Dr. Hansen's research interests are diverse, her questions of inquiry are policy or strategy driven and are examples from the field of applied microeconomics.
- Hansen, Zeynep K., Gary D. Libecap and Scott E. Lowe (2010), “Climate Variability and Water Infrastructure: Historical Experience in the Western United States.” Forthcoming NBER Climate Change: Past and Present. Also available as NBER Working Paper No: 15558.; Law, Marc T. and Zeynep K. Hansen (2010), “Medical Licensing Board Characteristics and Physician Discipline: An Empirical Analysis,” Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law 35 (1): 63 - 93. Also available as NBER Working Paper No: 15140.; Hansen, Zeynep K. and Marc T. Law (2008), “The Political Economy of “Truth-in-Advertising” Regulation during the Progressive Era,” Journal of Law and Economics 51(2): 251 – 269. Also available as NBER Working Paper No: 11927.; Hansen, Zeynep K. and Gary D. Libecap (2004), “Small Farms, Externalities, and the Dust Bowl of the 1930s,” Journal of Political Economy, 112(3): 665 – 694. Also available as NBER Working Paper No: 10055.; Hansen, Zeynep K. and Gary D. Libecap (2004), “The Allocation of Property Rights to Land: US Land Policy and Farm Failure in the Northern Great Plains,” Explorations in Economic History, 41(2): 103 – 129 (lead article).; Libecap, Gary D. and Zeynep K. Hansen (2002), “Rain Follows the Plow” and Dryfarming Doctrine: The Climate Information Problem and Homestead Failure in the Upper Great Plains, 1890-1925,” Journal of Economic History, 62(1): 86-120.