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W. Jason Beasley '19
Ph.D. Applied Economics


Jason is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Western Michigan University. His research interests are in environmental economics, health economics and land-use modeling. His environmental work evaluates the impact of land-use decisions on risk mitigation and optimizing management of coastlines under climate change. His health work evaluates policy aspects of epidemics, including the impact of recreational marijuana legalization on prescription opioid demand and mortality and exploring aspects of infection associated with the Flint water crisis.