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Joseph Sabia

Assistant Professor SPA: Public Administration

Joe Sabia is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at American University. His fields of concentration include health economics, labor economics, economic demography, and applied microeconomics. Dr. Sabia’s research focuses on the human capital effects of adolescent risky health behaviors, the poverty effects of minimum wage policy, and the impact of welfare reform on non-marital childbearing. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as the Journal of Health Economics, the Journal of Human Capital, Economic Inquiry, and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Dr. Sabia’s research on minimum wage policy has been cited in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USAToday. He has also testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on this topic. Dr. Sabia is a member of the American Society of Health Economists, the American Economic Association, and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.


Ph.D., Economics, Cornell University

SPA - Public Admin and Policy
Ward - 336
Contact Info
(202) 885-3653

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For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Rees, Daniel I. and Joseph J. Sabia. 2009. “The Effect of Breastfeeding  on Educational Attainment: New Evidence from Siblings,” Journal of  Human Capital 3(1): 43-72.   

Sabia, Joseph J. and Daniel I. Rees. 2009. “The Effect of Sexual  Abstinence on Educational Attainment,” Forthcoming (November), Demography.   

Sabia, Joseph J. and Daniel I. Rees. 2008. "The Effect of Adolescent  Virginity Status on Psychological Wellbeing." Journal of Health  Economics 27(5):1368-1381.   

Sabia, Joseph J. 2007. "Reading, Writing, and Sex: The Effect of Losing  Virginity on Academic Performance." Economic Inquiry 45(4):647-670.   

Sabia, Joseph J. 2006. "Does Sex Education Affect Adolescent Sexual  Behaviors and Health?" Journal of Policy Analysis and Management  25(4):783-802.

Professional Presentations

Sabia, Joseph J. and Daniel I. Rees. (July, 2009). “The Effect of Parental Involvement Laws on Youth Suicide,” International Health Economics 7th World Congress, Beijing, China.

Rees, Daniel I. and Joseph J. Sabia. (June, 2009). “The Effect of Migraine Headache on Educational Attainment.” Western Economic Association Meetings, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Sabia, Joseph J. and Richard V. Burkhauser. (May/June, 2009) “The Effect of Minimum Wage Increases in New York State: Evidence from a Natural Experiment.” Society of Labor Economists, Boston, MA; IZA Conference on The Economics of the Minimum Wage, Berlin, Germany.

Sabia, Joseph J. and Richard V. Burkhauser. (March, 2009) “Minimum Wages and Poverty: Will a $9.50 Federal Minimum Wage Really Help the Working Poor?” Population Association of America Meetings, Detroit, MI.

Sabia, Joseph J. and Daniel I. Rees. (March, 2009) “The Price of Promiscuity: Does the Number of Sex Partners Affect Educational Attainment?” IZA Conference on The Economics of Risky Behaviors, Washington, D.C.

Sabia, Joseph J. and Daniel I. Rees (January, 2009) “Boys Will Be Boys: Gender Differences in the Schooling Effects of Sexual Abstinence,” American Economic Association Meetings, San  Francisco, CA.