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 et al. Minimum wages and public health: A literature review.  Preventive Medicine.  2019; 118: 122-134.     https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743518303104?via%3Dihub  

Leigh, JP. Arguments for and against a $15/hour minimum wage for healthcare workers.  Am Jo Public Health. 2019; 109(2): 206-207   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6336047/

Du, J; Leigh JP. Effects of minimum wages on absence from work due to illness. B.E. Jo Econ Analysis and Policy. 2018; 18 (1): 1-23.   https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/bejeap.2018.18.issue-1/bejeap-2017-0097/bejeap-2017-0097.xml

Leigh, JP; Du J. Effects of minimum wages on population health. Health Affairs. October 4, 2018.  https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hpb20180622.107025/full/

Leigh, P. Class....Is not who we are; Review of White Trash by Nancy Isenberg. Am Jo Public Health. 2017. 107(5). 636-637.    https://search.proquest.com/docview/1903819318?accountid=14505

Leigh JP, De Vogli R. Low wages as occupational health hazards. Jo Occup Environ Med. 2016 May;58(5):444-7.

Du J, Leigh JP. Effects of wages on smoking decisions of current and past smokers. Ann Epidemiol. 2015 Aug;25(8):575-582.e1.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S104727971500126X?via%3Dihub

Leigh JP, Du J. Are low wages risk factors for hypertension? Eur Jo Public Health. 2012 Dec;22(6):854-9. https://academic.oup.com/eurpub/article/22/6/854/546457 

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

Berger MC, Leigh JP.  Schooling, self-selection, and health. Jo Human Resources. 1989; 24 (3): 433-455. 

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