Lala Ma Ph.D.

Carl F. Pollard Associate Professor of Health Economics

Lala Ma is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Gatton College of Business and Economics and holds the Carl F. Pollard Professorship in Health Economics at the University of Kentucky. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Mathematics from Tufts University. She earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University in 2014 before joining the faculty at the University of Kentucky.

Professor Ma is an environmental economist whose research focuses on estimating the values placed on environmental quality as assessed through housing markets and health impacts. She has worked on a range of topics, including the impacts of brownfield remediation, valuation of flood risk, and the effects of shale gas development. Her work also examines how markets potentially contribute to the inequitable distribution of pollution based on socioeconomic status.

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Department: Economics
Office: 225C
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PhD, Duke University, 2014
BA, Tufts University, 2007
BA, Tufts University, 2007
MA, Tufts University, 2007

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