Dr. Wehby is a professor and PhD program director in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa. He teaches health economics and econometrics-based health services research methods. He holds secondary appointments in the Department of Economics and Public Policy Center. Dr. Wehby is also Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on studying socioeconomic, healthcare, and policy determinants of health, especially children’s health, and the long-term effects of early life conditions on health and human capital, using econometric methods. Dr. Wehby has an active externally funded research program and has received numerous NIH and CDC grants. He has published over 120 articles in academic peer-reviewed journals.
Despite efforts to rigorously analyze various effects of changes to minimum wages, the research community has largely neglected the link to child development. Changes in the minimum wage may have consequences that go far beyond employment and earnings, but there is almost nothing known about these potential effects.
Using data from National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and other publicly available datasets, the research team will investigate: