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Kristina Piorkowski, MA
PhD Candidate, University of New Mexico Department of Economics
Doctoral Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM
Email: kpiorkow@unm.edu

I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Economics at the University of New Mexico and a Doctoral Fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico. I am a health economist that focuses on risky health behaviors, gender, and policy. Specifically, I am interested in understanding why women behave the way that they do when it comes to risky health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity) and how these behaviors are mediated or exacerbated by public policy and structural constraints. 

Currently I am working on my dissertation which centers around modifying and understanding risky health behaviors. Two chapters explore the preferences for sugar-sweetened-beverage taxes in New Mexico. The other chapter examines the roles peer effects, tobacco perception, and heath knowledge have on adolescent smoking behaviors in Nepal.  Other ongoing research projects include investigating racial/ethnic disparities in folic acid intake in the United States, the social determinants of health in New Mexico, and non-cigarette smoking behaviors of women. For more about me or my current research interests, click here.