NYU Urban Seminar Series

Brian Elbel on New Tax-Incentivized Supermarkets' Impact on Food Choice in “Food Deserts"

Zoe Johnson Zoe Johnson

Thanks to Brian Elbel for leading a recent Urban Seminar based on his recent paper, "Do New Tax-Incentivized Supermarkets Impact Food Choice in 'Food Deserts?'"

The NYU Urban Seminar is co-hosted by The Marron Institute, the Urbanization Project, the Furman Center, and the Center for Real Estate Finance Research.

Brian Elbel

Brian Elbel

Associate Professor, NYU School of Medicine, NYU Wagner


Brian Elbel, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Population Health and Health Policy at the NYU School of Medicine, where he heads the Section on Health Choice, Policy and Evaluation within the Department of Population Health, and the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Dr. Elbel studies how individuals make decisions that influence their health and healthcare, with a particular emphasis on evaluation, obesity and food choice. His work uses behavioral economics to understand health and healthcare decision-making among vulnerable groups, and the role and influence of public policy on these decisions. Current research includes how to use behavioral economics to influence physicians’ prescribing practices; the impact of public policies mandating calorie labeling in restaurants; influence of NYC’s policy limiting the size of sugar sweetened beverages at food service establishments; and the impact of policies supporting the development of supermarkets in high need areas; the role of the built environment on childhood BMI; among others.

He directs the CDC-funded NYU Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN), which examines several initiatives intended to improve healthy eating and drinking in New York City. His research has been funded by, among others, the National Institutes of Health, the CDC and multiple foundations.  His work has been featured in numerous national television, radio, and print media outlets. Dr. Elbel has a B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and an MPH and PhD in Health Policy/Health Economics from Yale University

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