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Kristina Piorkowski

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PhD Candidate

ECON 1028
Curriculum vitae


Kristina Piorkowski is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Economics and a Doctoral Fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico. She earned her Master’s degree in Economics in the spring of 2015 and obtained her Bachelors in Economics in 2013, also at the University of New Mexico. Kristina’s research focuses on filling the gap in the literature about why women engage in risky health behaviors, how these behaviors are influenced by structural factors, and why women do or do not respond to canonical economic incentives and policies. This research will contribute to the field of health economics with implications for feminist economics and public policy. She has experience teaching at the undergraduate level at the University of New Mexico to a diverse student population. Her dedication to increasing diversity in the academy is reflected in her research and teaching pedagogy. (

 Research Areas:
- Risky health behaviors
- Gender and health behaviors
- Field research, intervention, and survey design
- Evaluating structural constraints on health decisions
- Policy evaluation 

 Teaching Interests:
- Health Economics
- Microeconomics
- Economics of Gender
- US Health Policy
- Applied Econometrics 

 Peer Reviewed Publications:

Piorkowski, Kristina and Alok K. Bohara. “Passing the “Torches of Freedom”: An Investigation into Smoking Behaviors of Women in Nepal.” (Forthcoming in Feminist Economics) 

 Policy Briefs:

Piorkowski, Kristina. “A Tricky, But Promising, Road Forward For Gaining Support For Soda Taxes in New Mexico.” RWJF Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico. February 2017.