Jose Tapia, PhD
Office: MacAlister 3021-E
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- MBBCh, Medicine & Surgery, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, 1981
- MPH, Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1992
- PhD, Economics, New School for Social Research, New York, 2002
I joined Drexel after spending eleven years as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Prior to that, I lived and worked in New York City, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Madrid. I worked briefly as a primary care doctor in Madrid, Spain (I was born in a Spanish colony in Africa). A job at the World Health Organization headquarters in Washington, D.C., brought me to the United States, where I have been living since 1989.
My research and teaching has focused on quantitative aspects of social science. One of my primary areas of interest has been the crises and fluctuations of the economy and the relation between these fluctuations and health conditions. I have published papers on the macroeconomic effects on health in Social Science & Medicine, International Journal of Epidemiology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Annals of Applied Statistics, Demography, Journal of Health Economics, Salud Colectiva, and other journals. I have also been interested in purely economic issues. Examples of my work in this field include the book La Gran Recesión y el capitalismo del siglo XXI (coauthored with Rolando Astarita, a professor at the University of Buenos Aires), as well as papers on the dynamics of capital accumulation, the causes of the Great Recession, and other topics. I also have a strong interest in environmental issues, particularly climate change, as reflected in a book chapter on “Dynamics and Economic Aspects of Climate Change” and several papers in the journals Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, and Environmental Science and Policy.
I consider myself a social researcher and believe that social science is at a level of development where disciplinary boundaries are not very meaningful. Understanding social issues requires approaches from different perspectives, both quantitative and qualitative. I like teaching both undergraduates and graduate students, and I find it particularly enjoyable to lecture and get involved in class discussions on general socioeconomic issues as well as issues of population health and social development from an international perspective.
Besides research articles, I sometimes write journalistic pieces, usually in Spanish and generally on economic issues, though I also like to produce ramblings on music. I have often translated technical texts and sometimes poetry from other languages into Spanish. Three authors I have particularly enjoyed translating into Spanish are Primo Levi, Stephan Brecht, and Ondra Lysohorsky.
- J. A. Tapia et al. 2014. Individual Joblessness, Contextual Unemployment, and Mortality Risk. American Journal of Epidemiology 180(3):280-7.
- Health and Economic Crises. José Tapia in conversation with Paul Mattick. The Brooklyn Rail, October 2014.
- Tapia Granados JA. 2013. Does investment call the tune? Empirical evidence and endogenous theories of the business cycle. Research in Political Economy 28:229-259.
- Ionides EL, Wang Z, Tapia Granados JA. 2013. Macroeconomic effects on mortality revealed by panel analysis with nonlinear trends. Annals of Applied Statistics 7:1362-1385.
- Tapia Granados JA. 2013. A Flawed Diagnosis—Book review of The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills
- Tapia Granados JA. 2013. On the cost of catastrophes: Are recessions as bad as wars, famines and pogroms? CNS—Capitalism, Nature, Socialism 24(2):102-115.
- Tapia Granados JA. 2012. Economic growth and health progress in England and Wales: 160 years of a changing relation. Social Science & Medicine 74(5):688-695.
- Tapia Granados JA, Ionides EL, Carpintero O. 2012. Climate change and the world economy: Short-run determinants of atmospheric CO2. Environmental Science & Policy 21:50-62.
- Tapia Granados JA. 2012. Statistical evidence of falling profits as a cause of recessions. Review of Radical Political Economics 44(4): 484–493.
- Tapia JA, Astarita R. 2011. La Gran Recesión y el capitalismo del siglo XXI (Madrid, Catarata).
- Tapia Granados JA, Ionides EL. 2011. Mortality and macroeconomic fluctuations in contemporary Sweden. European Journal of Population 27:157–184.
- J. A. Tapia 2010. Economists, Recessions, and Profits. Capitalism, Nature, Socialism 21(1), 2010.
- Tapia Granados JA, Diez Roux AV. 2009. Life and death during the Great Depression. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 106:17290-17295.
- Tapia Granados JA, Ionides EL. 2008. The reversal of the relation between economic growth and health progress: Sweden in the 19th and 20th centuries. Journal of Health Economics 27:544-563.
- Tapia Granados JA. 2008. Macroeconomic fluctuations and mortality in postwar Japan. Demography 45(2):323-343.
- Franco M, Orduñez P, Caballero B, Tapia Granados JA. et al. 2007. Impact of energy intake, physical activity and population-wide weight loss on cardiovascular disease and diabetes mortality in Cuba, 1980-2005. American Journal of Epidemiology 166 (12): 1374-1380.
- Tapia Granados JA. 2005. Increasing mortality during the expansions of the US economy, 1900-1996. International Journal of Epidemiology 34:1194-1202
- Tapia Granados JA. 2006. Cien años de Shostakovich. MundoClasico Abril.