Bhavneet Walia

Assistant Professor

Bhavneet Walia is an assistant professor in Falk College’s Department of Public Health. Walia joined Syracuse University in 2015 from Western Illinois University where she was an associate professor of decision sciences and founding director of the business analytics post-baccalaureate certificate program.

Her fields of specialization include health economics and health econometrics. Her research and scholarship include 14 peer-reviewed journal articles that have appeared in leading journals of applied economics, health policy, and environmental policy: the American Journal of Economics & Sociology, the Journal of Economic Education, and the Southern Economic Journal, and two in Renewable Agriculture & Food Systems, Economics Letters.

The recipient of numerous awards and distinctions that include the Provost’s Award for Excellence at Western Illinois University and the WIU College of Business and Technology Award, both for excellence in campus internationalization, Walia is presently associate editor of the Academy of Economics and Finance Journal. Her professional affiliations include the Academy of Economics and Finance and the American Economic Association.

Walia holds a Ph.D. in economics with an econometrics specialization from Kansas State University, where her dissertation was entitled, “Three Essays in Health and Labor Economics.” Her master’s and bachelor’s degrees, both in economics, are from Punjab University in India.


Ph.D., Kansas State University


Health care markets and policy, early childhood development, environmental health, labor market policy.

Research Focus

Dr. Walia’s research is focused in three areas:

  • Early child health interventions and cognitive development
  • Mortality and behavioral effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy and related neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Health industry economics; industrial organization of health care industry and subsequent health outcomes.

Dr. Walia conducts empirically-based research in each of these areas and looks forward to collaborating with students. She utilizes NLS data sets and related data in her research and analyzes data using health econometric models. She has published journal articles with students in the past and looks forward to collaborating with students in her active and future research program(s).

Statistical Expertise

Applied statistical programming and methodology, health statistics, biostatistics, health information systems, labor statistics, analysis of National Longitudinal Surveys and other social and behavioral statistical analyses (broadly defined)

Recent Publications

  • Ryan, S. J., Martin, A. C., Walia, B., Winters, A., & Larsen, D. A. (2020). Comparing prioritization strategies for delivering indoor residual spray (IRS) implementation, using a network approach. Malaria journal, 19(1), 1-9.
  • Graham, M. E., Walia, B., & Robinson, C. (2020). Women executives and off‐the‐job misconduct by high‐profile employees: A study of National Football League team organizations. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 41(9), 815-829.
  • Walia, B., Kmush, B., Sanders, S., Ehrlich, J. (2020). Age at league entry, ability, and mortality among former NFL athletes. APHA's 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Meeting and Expo (Oct. 24 - 28).
  • Walia, B., & Boudreaux, C. J. (2020). The cost of players’ injuries to professional sports leagues and other sports organizations. Managerial Finance.
  • Kmush, B. L., Mackowski, M., Ehrlich, J., Walia, B., Owora, A., & Sanders, S. (2020). Association of professional football cumulative head impact index scores with all-cause mortality among National Football League players. JAMA network open, 3(5), e204442-e204442.
  • Ryan, S. J., Martin, A. C., Walia, B., Winters, A., & Larsen, D. A. (2020). Modeling consensus and distance to delivering indoor residual spray (IRS) implementation strategies to control malaria transmission. bioRxiv.
  • Walia, B., Kmush, B., Lane, S. D., Endy, T., Montresor, A., & Larsen, D. A. (2020). Routine deworming during antenatal care decreases risk of neonatal mortality and low birthweight: a retrospective cohort of survey data. medRxiv.
  • Ehrlich J, Kmush B, Walia B and Sanders S. (2019). Mortality risk factors among National Football League players: An analysis using player career data [version 1; peer review: 1 approved with reservations] F1000Research, 8:2022
  • Walia, B., & Boudreaux, C. J. (2019). Hospital mergers, acquisitions and regulatory policy implications. Managerial Finance.
  • Walia, B., & Sanders, S. (2019). Curbing food waste: A review of recent policy and action in the USA. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 34(2), 169-177.
  • Kmush, B. L., Walia, B., Neupane, A., Frances, C., Mohamed, I. A., & Larsen, D. A. (2019). Does it matter where my neighbor poops?-Community-level impacts of sanitation access on maternal and neonatal health. The 68th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Nov 20-24, 2019, National Harbor, MD.
  • Ehrlich, J., Kmush, B., Walia, B., & Sanders, S. (2019). Mortality risk factors among National Football League players: An analysis using player career data. F1000Research, 8.