Donna Gilleskie is Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studies the economics of individual decisionmaking with regard to health input demand, labor supply behavior, and health production. The approach reflected in my work involves understanding the dynamics of decisionmaking over time and the role of both observed and unobserved individual heterogeneity. Gilleskie's work offers contributions in the following applied areas: 1.) the effect of health insurance characteristics on medical care utilization and health behaviors (e.g., to what extent does health insurance coverage of prescription drugs affect utilization of physician and hospital care both contemporaneously and dynamically through changes in health?), 2.) the effect of health and health insurance on employment behavior and outcomes (e.g., to what extent would employment decisions be altered by the introduction of mandatory retiree health insurance coverage by employers? how do measures of health that impact productivity (body mass or disability) affect employment and wages both contemporaneously and indirectly through acquisition of human capital over time?) and 3.) the effect of medical and non-medical choices on health and health behaviors (e.g., should policies to promote better health target medical care use or lifestyles?).
Gilleskie received a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota in 1992 and 1994 respectively.