10/2/19. Two Hunter economics professors, Monica Deza and Partha Deb, each have recent articles mentioned in the news.

Professor Monica Deza’s article in the September 2019 issue of Journal of Health Economics documents that U.S. cities experiencing unusually high pollen counts also experience lower rates of reported violent crime. Looking at daily pollen counts across 16 U.S. cities from 2007 to 2016 and crimes reported to local law enforcement, Deza and her co-authors find that reported violent crime falls 4% on high-pollen days. Read more here.

Professor Partha Deb’s article in the August 2019 issue of Medical Care examines how early intervention can reduce patients’ sepsis re-admission rates. The researchers looked at records of over 170,000 severe sepsis or septic shock survivors from across the United States and classified them into 4 categories of care after discharge from the hospital: (1) those that did not receive a doctor or nurse visit (16%), (2) those receiving nurses visits only (44%), (3) those receiving doctors visits only (11%), and (4) those receiving both doctors and nurses visits (28%). Compared to the benchmark group (1), researchers did not see any marked improvement in groups (2) and (3); however, patients in group (4), which saw both doctors and nurses, had a 7% drop in hospital re-admission rates. Read more here.

Congratulations to Professors Deza and Deb!  For more information, see the citations below:


  • Aaron Chalfin, Shooshan Danagoulian and Monica Deza. “More Sneezing, Less Crime? Health Shocks and the Market for Offenses,” Journal of Health Economics, September 2019, doi:10.1016/j.jhealeco.2019.102230.
  • Partha Deb, Christopher M. Murtaugh, Kathryn H. Bowles, Mark E. Mikkelsen, Hoda Nouri Khajavi, Stanley Moore, Yolanda Barrón, Penny H. Feldman. Does Early Follow-Up Improve the Outcomes of Sepsis Survivors Discharged to Home Health Care?” Medical Care, 2019; 57 (8): 633 DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001152

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