Aparna Lhila

Associate​ Professor of Economics | Interim Director of MBA Program

Grawn Hall 256 / 989-774-3380 / lhila1a@cmich.edu

Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

B.A., Salem College​, Winston-Salem, NC


Aparna Lhila is a health economist whose research is focused on studying health investment decisions and health-related behaviors in the household production framework. Particularly, she studies how household decision-making and changes in factors outside the household affect the health of pregnant women and their newborns. Lhila's research is published in journals like Demography, Economics & Human Biology, Health Economics, and Social Science & Medicine.


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Published Papers

  • Amin, Vikesh and Aparna Lhila. 2016 "Decomposing Racial Differences in Adolescent Smoking in the U.S." Economics & Human Biology, 22: 161-176. (final.pdf) weblink
  • Lhila, Aparna and Sharon K. Long 2012. "What is Driving the Black-White Difference in Low Birthweight in the U.S.?" Health Economics, 21(3) 301-315. (final.pdf) weblink
  • Lhila, Aparna 2011 "Does Access to Fast Food Lead to Super-Sized Pregnant Mothers and Whopper Babies?" Economics and Human Biology, 9(4): 364-380. (final.pdf) weblink
  • Lhila, Aparna and Kosali I. Simon. 2010. "Relative Deprivation and Child Health in the USA", Social Science and Medicine, 71(4): 777-85. (final.pdf) weblink
  • Lhila, Aparna 2009. "Does Government Provision of Healthcare Explain the Relationship Between Income Inequality and Low Birthweight?" Social Science and Medicine, 69(8): 1236-1245.  (final.pdf) weblink
  • Lhila, Aparna and Kosali I. Simon. 2008. "Prenatal Health Investment Decisions: Does the Child's Sex Matter?" Demography, 45(4): 885-905 (final.pdf) weblink

In Progress

  • Crime and Pregnancies: Is Area Crime Related to Infant Health in the U.S.?  (with Vikesh Amin) crime.pdf
  • Children of the Great Recession: The Impact of the Macroeconomy on Infant Health (with John Cawley and Kosali Simon) Recession.pdf