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Marianne P. Bitler


  • Ph.D. in Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998
  • B.S., Mathematics, The Pennsylvania State University, 1991 (with Honors)


Marianne Bitler has expertise in public economics, labor economics, health economics and applied microeconomics. Before coming to UC Davis, she was a professor of economics at UC Irvine. She has also worked at the Public Policy Institute of California, the RAND Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and the Federal Trade Commission. She is a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow at IZA. She is currently the chair of a CNSTAT Panel on Improving Consumer Data for Food and Nutrition Policy Research for the Economic Research Service, USDA and co-editor of the American Journal of Health Economics.

Research Focus

Professor Bitler's research focuses on the effects of government safety net programs on disadvantaged groups, economic demography, health economics, public economics, and the economics of education.

Selected Publications


Marianne Bitler currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in public economics. In the past, she has taught undergraduate health economics and graduate and undergraduate applied econometrics.


  • Brattle Award — Distinguished Paper Prize for the Best Corporate Finance Paper in the Journal of Finance, for Testing Agency Theory with Entrepreneur Effort and Wealth (joint with T. Markowitz and A. Vissing-Jorgensen), 2005
  • Food Safety and Nutrition Section of the American Association of Agricultural Economics' Prize for Best Economics Paper in the Field of Food Safety and Nutrition in (for "Does WIC Work? The Effects of WIC on Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes" —joint with Janet Currie), 2005