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Dara Lee Luca is Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy. An applied microeconomist, her research investigates policy issues related to the economics of human capital accumulation - including health, education, and aging - both in the U.S. and globally. Currently, Luca is analyzing the impact of mandatory vaccination laws in the United States over the 20th century, focusing on the effects on morbidity, spillover effects, as well as the long-term implications of childhood health. Other ongoing and recent projects include evaluating the interaction of prescription and illicit drug use, the causal relationship between alcohol consumption and violence against women, and the demographic implications of aging. Luca is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Missouri, and Research Associate in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Boston University and her B.A. in mathematics from Dartmouth College.