Dustin Tracy, PhD

Assistant Professor

PhD (Economics), Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 2018

(706) 721-5705
room number AE-1015
Tracy, PhD


Dustin's research identifies and tests implementable policies, both on the supply and demand sides as well as the market institutions that shape how they meet, that contain health care costs, and maximize health outcomes.  He investigates how behavioral economic principles such as framing, influence stakeholders perceptions of programs and policy, and how those perceptions impact success.  He utilizes economic experiments, observational methods, and meta-analysis to inform policy and advance the sciences of economics and health policy, while ensuring the validity and replicability of scientific findings.   

Dustin holds a PhD in Economics from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, graduated from Vanderbilt University’s Graduate Program in Economic Development, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Economic Science Institute at Chapman University.  Previously, he was a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and was a practicing psychotherapist. 

He has particular interest in Health Economics, Experimental Design, Behavioral Economics, Health Metrics, Meta-Analysis



Health Economics, Applied Econometrics, Research Methods, Behavioral Economics, Experimental Design



  1. Paul J. Ferraro and J. Dustin Tracy. (2022) A Reassessment of the Potential for Loss-Framed Incentive Contracts to Increase Productivity: a Meta-Analysis and Real-Effort Experiment. Experiential Economics https://doi.org/10.1007/s10683-022-09754-x
  2. J. Dustin Tracy, Kevin James, Hillard Kaplan and Stephen Rassenti. (2021) An Investigation of Health Insurance Policy and Behavior in a Virtual Environment. PLoS ONE 16(4) https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0248784
  3. J. Dustin Tracy, Thomas Donnelly, Evan C. Sommer, William J. Heerman, Shari L. Barkin & Maciej S. Buchowski. (2021) Identifying Bedrest Using Waist-Worn Triaxial Accelerometers in Preschool Children. PLoS ONE 16(1) https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0248784
  4. J. Dustin Tracy, Sari Acra, Kong Y. Che & Maciej S. Buchowski. (2018) Identifying Bedrest Using 24-h Waist or Wrist Accelerometry in Adults. PLoS ONE 13(3)  https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0194461
  5. Rachel M. Ruiz, Evan C. Sommer, J. Dustin Tracy, Jorge A. Banda, Christina D. Economos, Meghan M. JaKa, Kelly R. Evenson, Maciej S. Buchowski & Shari L. Barkin.  (2018) Novel Patterns of Physical Activity in a Large Sample of Preschool-Aged Children. BMC Public Health, 18(242).
  6. J. Dustin Tracy, Zhiyi Xu, Leena Choi, Sari Acra, Kong Y. Chen & Maciej S. Buchowski. (2014) Separating Bed Rest from Wake Using Wrist or Waist-Worn Accelerometers in Youth. PLoS ONE 9(4) https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.  
  7. Rachel M. Ruiz, J. Dustin Tracy, Evan C. Sommer & Shari L. Barkin. (2013) A Novel Approach to Characterize Physical Activity Patterns in Preschool-Aged Children. Obesity (Nature Publishing Group) 21(11).