Portrait of Angie Fertig
Social Policy Research Scientist
149 Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Currently reviewing PhD applicants
Social Policy Area
Areas of Expertise
Social welfare policy; economic analysis; health care policy; housing policy and planning; income inequality and poverty


    Angie Fertig is an economist and faculty member in the social policy area at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her research focuses on the health of vulnerable populations (e.g., mothers and children, the homeless, the food insecure, and Medicaid enrollees) across the lifespan. Her methodological expertise includes applied econometrics, longitudinal data analysis, time use data analysis, health care claims data analysis, survey research, survey validation methodology, ecological momentary assessment (EMA) data analysis, and economic evaluation/cost analysis. Her research can be described by the following lines of inquiry.
    1) Examining social determinants of health
    2) Analyzing the effects of policies on health-related behaviors
    3) Investigating determinants of health eating
    4) Developing and conducting interventions aimed at improving the health of a low-income population
    5) Examining the ways in which poor physical and mental health affect economic status.
    Dr. Fertig received her PhD in Economics from Brown University and her BA in International Relations from Stanford University. She conducted postdoctoral research at Princeton University and has previously held faculty positions at the University of Georgia (in the Schools of Public Affairs and Public Health) and Indiana University (in the economics department).


    PhD in Economics (Brown University, 2001)

    BA (Stanford University, 1995)

    Bogan, V., Fertig, A. R. & Just, D. (2022). Self-employment and mental health, Rev Econ Household, 20, 855-886

    Kollannoor-Samuel, G., Fertig, A. R., Nelson, J., Martin, E. R., Boelcke-Stennes, K. & Schiff, J. (2022). Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation is Associated with Lower Healthcare Spending among Working Age Adults, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 33(2), 737-750

    Berge M., Cheatom, O., Fertig R., Tate, A. D., Trofohlz, A., de Brito, J. & Shippee, N. (2021). Examining the Relationship Between Parental Stress and Girls’ and Boys’ Physical Activity Among Racially/Ethnically Diverse and Immigrant/Refugee Populations, Pediatric Exercise Science, 33, 97-102

    Berge, J. M., Fertig, A. R., Trofholz, A., Neumark-Sztainer, D., Rogers, E. & Loth, K. (2020). Associations between parental stress, parent feeding practices, and child eating behaviors within the context of food insecurity, Preventive Medicine Reports, 19,

    Pascale, J., Fertig, A. R. & Call, K. T. (2019). Assessing the accuracy of survey reports of health insurance coverage using enrollment data, Health Services Research, 54, 1099-1109

    Pascale, J., Fertig, A. R. & Call, K. T. (2019). Validation of Two Federal Health Insurance Survey Modules After Affordable Care Act Implementation, Journal of Official Statistics, 35(2), 409-460

    Fertig, A., Katie, L., Amanda, T., Allan, T., Michael, M., Dianne, N. & Jerica, B. (2019). Compared to pre-prepared meals, fully and partly home-cooked meals in diverse families with young children are more likely to include nutritious ingredients, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 119(5), 818-830

    Fertig, A. R. & Phinney, R. (2019). Effective Interventions for Improving the Health of Medicaid Enrollees in Deep Poverty.

    Berge, J. M., Tate, A., Trofholz, A., Fertig, A., Crow, S., Neumark-Sztainer, D. & Miner, M. (2018). Examining within- and across-day relationships between transient and chronic stress and parent food-related parenting practices in a racially/ethnically diverse and immigrant population, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 15(1),