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Alica Sparling


Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.A. Guilford College


I teach health economics both for major and non-majors, as well as principles and intermediate microeconomic theory. The focus of my research is health economics.

I'm a health economist and interested in issues related to access to health services, health disparities, and health policy. The focus of my research is the relationship between economic determinants of access to health care and health outcomes.

I've analyzed the income-health gradient of elderly women in Russia and examined the effects of pension income and total household income on their decision to obtain medications and the effect of this action on subsequent health. In my current research I evaluate access to adjuvant care among low-income cancer patients.


  • ECO 101: Principles of Economics
  • ECO 202: Microeconomic Theory
  • ECO 122: Introduction to Health Economics
  • ECO 222: Health Economics
  • ECO 380: Health Economics Seminar