Theodore L. Caputi

Theodore L. Caputi

Economics & Health Researcher

MIT Economics

About Me

My name is Theodore Caputi. I am a public health and economics researcher and a second-year in the Ph.D. in Economics program at MIT. I am also the author of the Behavioral Health Matters blog for Psychology Today.


I hold a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and two master’s degrees in public health and health policy, earned as a Mitchell Scholar and a Marshall Scholar (respectively). I was also a full-time research assistant for Professor Amanda Pallais at Harvard University’s Department of Economics and the National Bureau of Economics.


My primary research interest is behavioral public health. I use tools from economics, epidemiology, data science, and related fields to understand the social, economic, and industry factors influencing individuals’ health behaviors and decisions (e.g., substance use, suicidal ideation, and violence). I am also interested in health care policy and health innovation.

I have published over 30 studies and commentaries in peer-reviewed journals. Most of these papers are available free-of-charge on this site. My work has been featured in journals such as Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Pediatrics, Health Affairs, Addiction, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, and Tobacco Control and in news outlets such as The New York Times, the LA Times and CNN.

Recent Publications




Ph.D. in Economics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sep 2020 – Present Cambridge, MA, USA
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship; MIT Graduate Fellowship

M.Sc. by Research in Health Sciences

University of York

Sep 2019 – Sep 2020 York, England
Marshall Scholarship

M.P.H. in Advanced Epidemiology

University College Cork

Sep 2017 – Jul 2018 Cork, Ireland
Mitchell Scholarship; Highest marks and dissertation score (1/63)

B.S. in Economics

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Sep 2013 – Jun 2017 Philadelphia, PA. USA
Phi Beta Kappa; summa cum laude