Jeffrey E. Harris

Jeffrey Harris

Professor of Economics, Emeritus

Research Fields

Behavioral Economics, Health Economics, Public Economics

Contact Information

Email Address
Assistant Name Ruth Levitsky
Assistant Phone 617-253-3399
Physician, Eisner Health, Los Angeles CA Eisner Health


Prof. Jeffrey E. Harris (AB summa Harvard 1969; MD Univ Pennsylvania 1974; PhD Econ Univ Pennsylvania 1975; Internal Med Residency & Fellowship, Mass Gen Hosp 1974-1977) assumed Emeritus status in the MIT Economics Department in July 2020. He currently practices medicine at Eisner Health, a federally qualified community health center in the heart of Los Angeles, where nearly all his patients come from underserved minority groups. Since the onset of the epidemic, he has published twelve papers on COVID-19 in peer-reviewed journals, with one more under review, and has contributed numerous opinion pieces on health policy and the law. His publications are available at

Featured Awards & Honors

1979 - 1996
Scientific editor and contributor, U.S. Surgeon General’s reports on smoking and health (1979–1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1996)
1980 - 2007
Appointed member of committees of the National Academy of Sciences on diesel emissions (1980-1981), low birthweight (1983-1985), AIDS (1986), risk characterization (1994-1996), and reducing tobacco use (2004-2007)
Huésped Distinguido (Honorary Citizen), City of Salamanca, Spain
Fulbright Specialist Award, Uruguay
2017 - 2020
Health economics commentator, CNN Español (2017-2020)