Faculty Profile

Charles Courtemanche PhD

Director of the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise, Associate Professor

Dr. Courtemanche is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky and Director of the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise. He is a health economist and applied microeconomist with particular research interests in the economics of obesity and nutrition, health insurance, COVID-19, and big box retailers. He has published 50 papers in a variety of journals including the Economic Journal, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Health Affairs, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Economic History, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. According to Research Papers in Economics, he is the top-ranked economist in Kentucky in terms of research productivity over the past ten years. He has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Agriculture, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Courtemanche is also lead editor of the Southern Economic, a Research Associate in the Health Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Research Affiliate with the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

Contact Information

Department: Economics
Phone: (859) 323-7990
Email: courtemanche@uky.edu
Office: 244
Personal Website


PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, 2008
MA, Washington University in St. Louis, 2003
BS, Centre College, 2002

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