About Me

My name is Theodore Caputi. I am studying for a Ph.D. in Health Sciences at the University of York as a British Marshall Scholar. After my Marshall studies, I will begin studying for a Ph.D. in Economics at MIT.

I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics in 2017 and first in my class with a Master of Public Health from University College Cork as a Mitchell Scholar in 2019. From 2018-2019, I was a Research Assistant for Professor Amanda Pallais at Harvard University’s Department of Economics and the National Bureau of Economic Research.


I am interested in the intersection of economics and health. Specifically, I use tools from economics (and related fields) to explore behavioral public health and health care policy for substance use disorders and addiction. I have researched the factors that lead adolescents and young adults to indulge in risky behaviors and how policy-makers can effectively and efficiently provide high-quality health care for people with substance use disorders.

Most of my published 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; Health Affairs; Addiction; American Journal of Preventive Medicine; American Journal of Public Health; and Tobacco Control and in news outlets such as the LA Times and CNN.