Department of Public Health Sciences

J. Paul Leigh

leighDepartment of Public Health Sciences
University of California, Davis

One Shields Avenue, MS1C
Davis, California 95616-8638

(530) 754-8605
FAX (530) 752-3239



Academic Training

University of Oregon B.A.
University of Wisconsin Ph.D.

Fields of Study

Econometrics, Health and Labor Economics

Teaching Experience

Statistics, Econometrics, Labor Economics, Forecasting, Health Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Health Services Administration

Academic Jobs

1998 - Present University of California, Davis, CA
Professor of Public Health Sciences
1986 - 1998
1981 - 1984
San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Assistant, Associate and Professor of Economics
1986 - 2005 Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA
Senior Health Economist
1984 - 1986 University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY
Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine


Winner of the 2007 John Howard NIOSH Director's Award for Outstanding Research


Leigh JP, Markowitz SB, Fahs M, Landrigan PJ. Costs of Occupational Injuries and Illness. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, Mich.. 2000.

Leigh, JP. Causes of Death in the Workplace. Quorum/Greenwood, Westport Conn. 1995.

Selected Journal Articles

Leigh JP, Du J, McCurdy, SA (2014) An estimate of the US government's undercount of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in agriculture. Annals of Epidemiology. 24(4):254-259
NPR Coverage:

Leigh JP, Du J (2012) Are low wages risk factors for hypertension?. European Journal Public Health. Jan 18:[Epub ahead of print]

Leigh JP, Marcin JP (2012) Workers' Compensation Benefits and Shifting Costs for Occupational Injury and Illness . Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 54(4):445-450

Leigh JP, Tancredi D, Jerant A, et al (2012) Lifetime Earnings for Physicians Across Specialties. Medical Care. 50(12):1093-1101

 Leigh JP (2011) Economic burden of occupational injury and illness in the United States.. Milbank Q. Dec;89(4):728-72
Sacramento NPR Interview

Bhushan A, Leigh JP (2011) National trends in occupational injuries before and after 1992 and predictors of workers' compensation costs. Public Health Rep. Sep-Oct; 126(5):625-34

Kim D, Leigh JP (2011) Are Meals at Full-Service and Fast-Food Restaurants 'Normal' or 'Inferior'?. Popul Health Manag. Dec;14(6):307-15
Sacramento NPR Interview

Leigh JP, Tancredi D, Jerant A, Kravitz RL (2011) Annual work hours across physician specialties. Arch Intern Med. Jul 11;171(13):1211-3

Leigh JP, Tancredi D, Jerant A, Kravitz RL (2010) Physician wages across specialties: informing the physician reimbursement debate. Arch Intern Med. 170(19):1728-34

Kim D, Leigh JP (2010) Estimating the Effects of Wages on Obesity. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 52(5):495-500

Shapiro S, Ruttenberg R, Leigh JP (2009) The social costs of dangerous products: An empirical investigation. Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. 18(3):775-830

Leigh, JP, Geraghty, EM (2008) High gasoline prices and mortality from motor vehicle crashes and air pollution. J Occup Environ Med. Mar;50(3):249-54

Leigh JP, White RH (2007) An economic model of adverse events and costs for oral anticoagulants used for atrial fibrillation. Curr Med Res Opin. Sep;23(9):2071-81

Leigh JP, McCurdy SA (2006) Differences in workers' compensation disability and impairment ratings under old and new California law. . J Occup Environ Med.. 48(4):419-425

Leigh JP, Schembri M (2004) Instrumental variables technique: cigarette price provided better estimate of effects of smoking on SF-12 . J. Clinical Epidemiology. 57(3):284-293

Leigh JP, Marcin JP, Miller TR (2004) An estimate of the U.S. Government's undercount of nonfatal occupational injuries. J Occup Environ Med. 46(1):10-18

Leigh JP, Robbins JA (2004) Occupational disease and workers' compensation: coverage, costs, and consequences.. Milbank Q. . 82(4):689-721

Leigh, JP, Kravitz, RL, Schembri, M, Samuels, SJ and Mobley, S (2002) Physician career satisfaction across specialties. Arch Intern Med. 162(14):1577-84

Leigh, JP, Markowitz, SB., Fahs, M ,Shin, C and Landrigan, PJ (1997) Occupational injury and illness in the United States. Estimates of costs, morbidity, and mortality. Arch Intern Med. 157(14):1557-1568

Leigh, JP (1995) Compensating Wages, Value of a Statistical Life, and Interindustry Differentials. J.Environ.Econ.Manage.. 28(1):83-97

Leigh, JP, Fries, JF (1991) Occupation, income, and education as independent covariates of arthritis in four national probability samples. Arthritis Rheum. 34(8):984-995

Berger, MC, Leigh, JP (1989) Schooling, Self-selection, and Health. J. Human Resour.. 24(3):433-455

Leigh, JP (1986) Accounting for Tastes - Correlates of Risk and Time-preferences. J. Post Keynes. Econ.. 9(1):17-31

Leigh, JP (1983) Direct and indirect effects of education on health. Soc Sci Med. 17(4):227-234

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