(entered 2012, PhD expected Spring 2017) Jesse Hinde grew up in Cleveland, OH. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2007 with a BA in Economics and German, and a Mathematics minor.  His research field is applied microeconomics with a specialization in health and labor policy. He is interested in the demand for health insurance and the economics of substance use and mental health disorders. His dissertation research contributes to the understanding of how taxes and government mandates affect private health insurance coverage and the indirect consequences on earnings. He also examines the economic consequences of public and private policies addressing substance use and mental health disorders. His research uses quasi-experimental methods to examine both average and heterogeneous policy effects.