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Jose Manuel Fernandez, PhD

Department Chair and Associate Professor, Economics
College of Business, Room 137
(502) 852-4861
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Dr. Fernandez’s research focuses on a wide range of risky behavior and mental health topics with a special focus on suicide and substance abuse, including opioid-related healthcare utilization. Dr. Fernandez has over 20 articles appearing in well-respected journals such as the the International Economic Review, The Journal of Economic Education, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and Health Service Research Journal. He has appeared in over 100 local, regional, and national media interviews including NPR’s Planet Money and the Indicator.

Dr. Fernandez is a faculty scholar at the Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky, a member of the Statutory Committee Consensus Forecasting Group for the State of Kentucky, the former President of the American Society of Hispanic Economists, Member of the Committee on Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession, and the chair of the Economics Department at the University of Louisville.


  • PhD (Economics) University of Virginia, 2008
  • MA (Economics) University of Virginia
  • MA (Economics) University of South Florida
  • BA (Economics) University of South Florida

Awards & Honors

Presidential Distinguished Service Award, 2022

University of Louisville

Cardinal Spirit Award, 2020

University of Louisville

Summer Research Support, 2008-10, 2012-13, 2017-18

University of Virginia

Fellow of the Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics, 2013-14

University of Louisville

Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2012

University of Louisville

Recent Research & Publications

Curriculum Vita

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