Larry L. Howard, Ph.D. 

                                                        Associate Professor

                                                   Department of Economics  

Dr. Larry Howard

 Larry Howard is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at California State University, Fullerton. He joined the university in 2008 after receiving his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Houston. His peer-reviewed research has focused on evaluating policies affecting disadvantaged populations, investigating the determinants of state government spending, and understanding how the availability of food resources affects children’s dietary patterns, nutritional status, and performance in school. Recent studies include examining the role of remittances in determining physical growth of Honduran children, the efficacy of childhood immunization programs in India, and the design of Medicaid in the U.S. He teaches several courses in microeconomics for both undergraduate and graduate audiences. His courses provide students with an opportunity to learn the fundamental tools that are used around the world to study the decision making of consumers, producers, and governments and how they interact with one another in market settings.

Research Areas:

Public Economics, Health Economics, Applied Microeconomics  


Principles of Microeconomics (Econ 201)
Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis (Econ 310) 
Intermediate Business Microeconomics (Econ 315)     
Public Finance (Econ 417) 
Advanced Microeconomic Analysis (Econ 502)
Microeconomic Perspective for Managers (Econ 515)



Howard, L. L. and D. Stanley. Remittances Channels and the Physical Growth of Honduran Children. Forthcoming in International Review of Applied Economics 2016.

Howard, L. L. Does Government Oversight Improve Access to Nursing Home Care? Longitudinal Evidence from U.S. Counties. INQUIRY 2014; 51: 1-12.

Craig, S. and L. L. Howard. Is Medicaid Crowding Out Other State Government Expenditure? Internal Financing and Cross-Program Substitution. Regional Science and Urban Economics 2014; 49: 164-178.

Howard, L. L. Do the Medicaid and Medicare Programs Compete for Access to Health Care Services? A Longitudinal Analysis of Physician Fees, 1998-2004. International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics 2014; 14(3): 229-250.

Bhargava, A., A. M. Guntupalli, M. Lokshin and L. L. Howard. Modeling the Effects of Immunizations Timing on Child Health Outcomes in India. Health Economics 2014; 23(5): 606-620.

Howard, L. L. Food Insecurity Experiences Predict Children's Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in the USA. ISRN Nutrition 2013.

Howard, L. L. and N. Prakash. Do Employment Quotas Explain the Occupational Choices of Disadvantaged Minorities in India? International Review of Applied Economics 2012; 26(4): 489-513.

Howard, L. L. and N. Prakash. Do School Lunch Subsidies Change the Dietary Patterns of Children from Low-Income Households? Contemporary Economic Policy 2012: 30(3): 362-381.

Howard, L. L. Transitions Between Food Insecurity and Food Security Predict children's Social Skill Development During Elementary School. British Journal of Nutrition 2011; 105(12): 1852-1860.

Howard, L. L. Does Food Insecurity at Home Affect Non-Cognitive Performance at School? A Longitudinal Analysis of Elementary Student Classroom Behavior. Economics of Education Review 2011; 30(1): 157-176.

Howard, L. L. Is the Demand for Health Care Generosity Equal for All Recipients? A Longitudinal Analysis of State Medicaid Spending, 1977-2004. Public Finance Review 2010; 38(3): 346-377.
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Bhargava, A., D. Jolliffe and L. L. Howard. Socioeconomic, Behavioural and Environmental Factors Predicted Body Weights and Household Food Insecurity Scores in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten. British Journal of Nutrition 2008; 100(2): 438-444.