J. Paul Leigh, Ph.D.

J. Paul Leigh, Ph.D.




  • Professor

Philosophy of Care

If it is not fun, it is not health economics. 

Clinical Interests

Occupational safety and health, workers compensation, social and economic determinants of health.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr Leigh's research focuses on:  economics of occupational safety and health; effects of minimum wages on public health; and econometric applications in epidemiology.


Public Health Sciences

Center/Program Affiliation

Center for Healthcare Policy and Research


Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI 1979

B.A., University of Oregon, Eugene OR 1973

Professional Memberships

American Public Health Association

Honors and Awards

The John Howard National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Outstanding Research Award, 2007

Select Recent Publications

Leigh JP, De Vogli R. Low Wages as Occupational Health Hazards. J Occup Environ Med. 2016 May;58(5):444-7.

Leigh JP, Du J. Brief Report: Forecasting the Economic Burden of Autism in 2015 and 2025 in the United States. J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 Dec;45(12):4135-9.

Du J, Leigh JP. Effects of wages on smoking decisions of current and past smokers. Ann Epidemiol. 2015 Aug;25(8):575-582.e1.

Leigh JP, Du J, McCurdy SA. An estimate of the U.S. government's undercount of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in agriculture. Ann Epidemiol. 2014 Apr;24(4):254-9.

Leigh JP, Du J. Are low wages risk factors for hypertension? Eur J Public Health. 2012 Dec;22(6):854-9.

Leigh JP, Marcin JP. Workers' compensation benefits and shifting costs for occupational injury and illness. J Occup Environ Med. 2012 Apr;54(4):445-50.

Leigh JP. Economic burden of occupational injury and illness in the United States. Milbank Q. 2011 Dec;89(4):728-72.

Kim D, Leigh JP. Estimating the effects of wages on obesity. J Occup Environ Med. 2010 May;52(5):495-500.

Leigh, JP. Compensating wages, value of a statistical life and interinustry differentials. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. 1995 Jan; Volume: 28  Issue: 1 Pages: 83-97.

Berger, MC; Leigh, JP. Schooling, self-selection and health. Journal of Human Resources. 1989 Sum; Volume: 24 Issue: 3 Pages: 433-455.