Virginia Wilcox-Gök, Assistant Chair & Undergraduate Director

Professor Virginia Wilcox-Gök received her Ph.D. from Washington University in 1984. Before joining the faculty at NIU, she taught at the University of Florida and Rutgers University. She served on the Services Research Review Committee at the National Institute for Mental Health from 1999-2002. She has been the principal investigator on several grants from federal agencies and private foundation including: the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institutes of Health and the AARP Andrus Foundation. She was the recipient of NIU's Award for Outstanding Achievement in External Funding (2000).

Dissertation Title: "Sibling Data and Child Health" (1984)

Current Research: family determinants of health and medical care use, the financial performance of for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals, the impact of supplementary health insurance on medical care use by Medicare enrollees, and most recently, labor and health economics

Area of Specialization: Labor Economics, Health Economics

Selected Publications:

  • "Economic Consequences of Mental health Problems in Older People for other Family Members."  Wilcox-Gök and McNamee.  Journal of Helath Services Research and Policy, 15, 2010, 35-40.
  • "Do the Sick Retire Early? Chronic Poor Health Asset Accumulation, and Early Retirement". Miah and Wilcox-Gök. Applied Economics, 39(15), 2007, 1921-36.
  • “Early Onset Depression and High School Dropout,” in The Economics of Gender and Mental Illness (Research in Human Capital and Development, Volume 15). D.E.Marcotte and V.Wilcox-Gök, eds. (Amsterdam: Elsevier Science, 2004) (with D.E.Marcotte, F.Farahati, and C.Borkowski).
  • “Estimating Earnings Losses Due to Mental Illness: A Quantile Regression Approach.” Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics 6(3), 2003, 123-134 (with D.E.Marcotte).
  • "The Effects of Parents' Psychiatric Disorders on Children's High School Dropout." Economics of Education Review, 22(2), 2003 (with F.Farahati and D.E.Marcotte).
  • "The Economic Performance of For-Profit and Not-for-Profit Hospitals." Applied Economics, 34, 2002, 479-489.
  • "Estimating the Indirect Costs of Mental Illness: Recent Developments in the United States." Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 53, No. 1, 2001, pp. 21-27 (with D.E. Marcotte).
  • "Prevalence and Patterns of Major Depressive Disorder in the Labor Force." Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, Vol. 2, 2000, pp. 123-131 (with D.E.Marcotte and P.Redmon).
  • "The Labor Market Effects of Mental Illness: The Case of Affective Disorders." The Economics of Disability, D. Salkever, ed. (Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 2000) (with D.E.Marcotte).
  • "Health Service Utilization and Insurance Coverage: A Multivariate Probit Analysis." Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 93, No. 441, 1998, pp. 63-72 (with R.D.Gibbons).
  • "Choice of Health Insurance by Families of the Mentally Ill." Health Economics, 5(1), 1996, 61-76, (with P.Deb, A.Holmes, and J.Rubin).
  • "Health Insurance Coverage Among the Elderly." Social Science & Medicine, 38(11), 1994, 1521-1529.
  • "Supplemental Health Insurance and the Use of Medical Care by Mentally Ill Medicare Recipients" Economics and Mental Health, R. Frank and W. Manning, editors (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992), 218-239 (with J.Rubin and P.Deb).
  • "Health Insurance Coverage Among Disabled Medicare Enrollees." Health Care Financing Review, 12(4), July 1991, 27-37 (with J.Rubin).
  • "Mother's Education, Health Practices, and Children's Health Needs: A Variance Components Model." Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. LXVII, No. 4, December 1985, pp. 706-710.
  • "Family Background and Child Health: An Application of Sibling and Adoption Data." Review of Economics and Statistics, LXV(2), May 1983, pp. 266-273.