Economic Policy as Health in All Policy: Combining Evidence and Arguments to Improve Population Health

December 01, 2013

Funding: Public Health Law Research Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Summary: Despite growing attention to the health effects of "non-health" policy and calls for policymakers to adopt a Health in All Policy (HiAP) approach, little attention has been paid to a key set of economic policies - the various taxes, redistributive spending, and market regulating laws that shape the distribution of economic resources among Americans. This mixed-methods research project addresses this gap in our knowledge base-using longitudinal data to evaluate the health impacts of changes in a range of state economic laws over the last 20 years, and also employing qualitative coding of the policy arguments surrounding these policy changes.