Health Economics, Public Policy, Labor Economics


I am a health and labor economist working mainly in the areas of substance use (tobacco product, alcohol, and illicit drugs), mental health, and public policies. I am a Co-Editor at the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and an Associate Editor at the Journal of Health Economics. I am a Research Associate in the Health Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Research Affiliate at the Institute for Labor Economics (IZA). With Michael Pesko, Ce Shang, and Justin White I am a Founding and Executive Board Member of the Tobacco Online Policy Seminar ( To date, I have published 65 peer-reviewed articles and one book chapter, and my research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, American Cancer Society, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Washington Center for Equitable Growth, and the American Heart Association.  

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Publications

Hamersma, S., Maclean, J.C. (2021) How do specialty substance use disorder treatment providers respond to public insurance expansions? Evidence from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Journal of Health Economics. 76:102434.

Maclean, J.C., Buckell, J. (2021) Information and sin goods: Experimental evidence on cigarettes. Health Economics. 30(2): 289-310.
-NBER Working Paper 25632.  

Maclean, J.C., Ghimire, K., Hersh Nicholas., L. (2021) Legalization of marijuana and disability claiming. Health Economics. 30(2): 453-469.
-NBER Working Paper 23862.

Horn, B., Joshi, A., Maclean, J.C. (2021) The effect of substance use disorder treatment centers on property values. American Journal of Health Economics. 7(2):185-221.
-NBER Working Paper 25427.

Hamersma, S., Maclean, J.C. (2021) Insurance expansions and children’s use of substance use disorder treatment services. Health Services Research. 56(2):256-267,
-NBER Working Paper 24499.

Maclean, J.C., Simon, K., Wen, H., Saloner, B. (2021) The Impact of IMD waivers on payment arrangements and care in substance use disorder treatment facilities. Health Affairs. 40(2): 326-333.

Courses Taught

  • Econ 8204 (Health Economics),
  • Econ 8139 (Econometrics IV – Panel Data Econometrics)
  • Econ 1102 (Principles of Microeconomics).