Assistant Professor of International Affairs Assistant Professor of Health Policy and ManagementFaculty Affiliate of Owens Institute for Behavioral Research

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Dr. Ishtiaque Fazlul is an applied microeconomist working on data-driven and evidence-based policy design in the fields of health and education. His research evaluates how policies and institutions affect health and education and explores ways of better measuring policy-relevant variables in these fields. Dr. Fazlul’s work explores how social factors, financing systems, and organizational structures and processes affect health and education. He has published articles on the impact of federal and state health policies on access to and disparities in care, risky health behavior, the social determinants of health, maternal and child health, global health, measurement of student disadvantage, and school funding. In recent years, Dr. Fazlul has worked on the effect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its various components on health insurance coverage, coverage disparity, and healthcare utilization; the effect of child marriage on later life risky health behavior, including tobacco consumption and obesity; and the lack of accuracy in K-12 school level poverty measurement and possible alternative measures of poverty and disadvantage at schools.


Ph.D., Georgia State University, Economics

BSS, University of Dhaka, Economics

Areas of Expertise
  • Causal inference
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Global Health
  • Health Disparity
  • Risky Health Behavior
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Measurement of Student Disadvantage
  • School Finance
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • Co-PI (with Rachel Anderson, Alexandra Ball, Cory Koedel, and Eric Parsons). Walton Family Foundation. Measuring Student Disadvantage in the Era of the Community Eligibility Provision. 2020-2021
  • Center for Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR) Fellowship, Georgia State University. 2018- 2020
  • Dean’s Fellowship, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University. 2015- 2017
  • Usery Chair Research & Travel Grants. 2018- 2020
  • Ramsey Chair Summer Research Grant. 2018

Faculty Affiliate, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research, University of Georgia

Course Instruction
  • Introduction to Business Statistics; Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, and Spring 2023, Kennesaw State University
  • Health Economics; Spring 2021, University of Missouri
  • Principles of Microeconomics; Summer 2017, Georgia State University
  • Principles of Macroeconomics; Spring 2017, Georgia State University
Research Interests
  • Health Economics and Policy
  • Education Economics and Policy
  • Global Health
  • Health Disparity
  • Risky Health Behavior
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Measurement of Student Disadvantage
  • School Finance
Selected Publications

Fazlul, Ishtiaque, Cory Koedel, and Eric Parsons. (2023). “Free and reduced-price meal eligibility does not measure student poverty: Evidence and policy significance.” Economics of Education Review.

Fazlul, Ishtiaque, Cory Koedel, and Eric Parsons. (2023). “A Poor Poverty Measure: Look Beyond Free Lunch Data to Identify Children in Need.” Education Next.

Datta, B. K. and Ishtiaque Fazlul. (2022). “Role of subsidized coverage on medication adherence among hypertensive and diabetic patients: Evidence from the NHIS 2011-2018.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine – Focus.

Puneet Arora, Ishtiaque Fazlul, and Tareena Musaddiq. (2022). “Can recognition nudge for teachers and principals improve student performance? Evidence from a field experiment in India.” Applied Economics Letters.

Datta, B. K., Ashwini Tiwari, and Ishtiaque Fazlul. (2022). “Child marriage and risky health behaviors: Tobacco use among child brides in adulthood in India.” BMC Women’s Health.

Charles Courtemanche, Ishtiaque Fazlul, James Marton, Benjamin Ukert, Aaron Yelowitz, and Daniela Zapata. (2021). “The Affordable Care Act’s Coverage Impacts in the Trump Era.” INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing.

Fazlul, Ishtiaque, Cory Koedel, Eric Parsons, and Cheng Qian. (2021). “Estimating test-score growth with a gap year in the data.” AERA Open.

Fazlul, Ishtiaque, Todd Jones, and Jonathan Smith. (2021). “College Credit on the Table? Advanced Placement Course and Exam Taking.” Economics of Education Review.

Datta, B. K., Jami Husain, and Ishtiaque Fazlul. (2020). “Tobacco control and household tobacco consumption: A tale of two educational groups.” Health Economics.

Courtemanche, Charles, James Marton, Benjamin Ukert, Aaron Yelowitz, Daniela Zapata, and Ishtiaque Fazlul. (2019). “The Three Year Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Disparities in Insurance Coverage.” Health Services Research, 54(S1): 307-316.

Courtemanche, Charles, Ishtiaque Fazlul, James Marton, Benjamin Ukert, Aaron Yelowitz, and Daniela Zapata. (2018) “The Impact of the ACA on Insurance Coverage Disparities after Four Years.” Ch. 2 in Medicaid: Politics, Policy, and Key Issues, ed. Daniel Lanford. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-53618-133-3.