Policy Evaluation


While describing and understanding the determinants of population health are essential tasks in epidemiological research, evaluating the potential effects of social, environmental and public health policies on population health and equity also constitutes a central task. We aim at capitalizing on various natural experiments and modern quasi-experimental methods to evaluate different policies including tobacco control programs, early warning systems or air pollution regulations.

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Chen, H., Li, Q., Kaufman, J. S., Wang, J., Copes, R., Su, Y., & Benmarhnia, T. (2018). Effect of air quality alerts on human health: a regression discontinuity analysis in Toronto, Canada. The Lancet Planetary Health, 2(1), e19-e26.

Benmarhnia, T., & Rudolph, K. E. (2019). A rose by any other name still needs to be identified (with plausible assumptions). International journal of epidemiology, 48(6), 2061-2062.

Benmarhnia, T., Schwarz, L., Nori-Sarma, A., & Bell, M. L. (2019). Quantifying the impact of changing the threshold of New York City heat emergency plan in reducing heat-related illnesses. Environmental Research Letters, 14(11), 114006.