Christine Piette Durrance
Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Ph.D., Economics, 2007 Research Interests My research involves applying microeconomics to relevant public policy issues. I am broadly interested in the effects of the legal and policy environment on an array of outcomes. Health Economics and Health Policy My primary field is health economics and health policy. The focus of my research has been in three broad areas: (1) maternal, infant, and reproductive health, (2) risky behavior, and (3) the legal and policy environment. Recurring themes across these focal points include issues in fertility, abortion, contraception, and reproductive health; maternal and infant health; alcohol, substance, and opioid use/misuse, violence, medical malpractice and defensive medicine, health insurance mandates, occupational licensing, and health outcomes generally. I am particularly interested in both the intended and unintended consequences that public policy can have on individual behavior. Antitrust, Competition Policy, & Industrial Organization I am also interested in relevant policy issues in antitrust, competition policy, and industrial organization. I explore antitrust policy broadly and within health care markets. I have written in various areas within this field, including occupational licensing, antitrust damages, restraints on competition, class actions, group purchasing organizations, patents, predatory pricing, as well as issues surrounding the economics of antitrust policies such as the Class Action Fairness Act, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Antitrust Modernization Commission, and recent Supreme Court decisions. I also teach an undergraduate policy elective in this area, PLCY 470: Business and Competition Policy.