Panka Bencsik


I am an Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University with a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine, Health, and Society and the Program in Public Policy Studies. Additionally, I am a faculty affiliate at the Vanderbilt Center for Research on Inequality and Health. 

I am an applied microeconomist,  and my research covers the fields of health economics, crime economics, and public economics. See my CV here.

Before joining Vanderbilt, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of  Chicago, Urban Labs. Prior, I received my PhD in economics from the University of Sussex and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. 

I am the founder of the world's largest research hub on mental health economics, the Mental Health Economics Special Interest Group, part of the International Health Economics Association (iHEA). I served as the initiative's Lead Convener 2019-2023, and currently serve as its Past Lead Convener.

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Name pronounced as: Pankasounds like Bianca or Blanca; Bencsiksounds like Ben-chick (as in chickpeas)