Assistant Professor, Public Policy
Presidential Frontier Faculty, UH Department of Economics
Expertise: Public, health and environmental economics, aging and health, economic and environmental impacts and access to healthcare
Samuel W. Arenberg, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the University of Houston. He holds a joint appointment between the Hobby School of Public Affairs and the Department of Economics. Arenberg is a Presidential Frontier Faculty member focusing on public health and health policy. Prior to joining UH in the fall of 2023, Arenberg was a postdoctoral fellow in Aging and Health at the National Bureau of Economic Research where he studied the stark and growing geographic inequality in mortality observed in the United States over the last century. His work going forward is focused on the recent stagnation in life expectancy in the U.S. Additionally, Arenberg has worked on the long-run health and economic impacts of access to healthcare and exposure to environmental harms. Broadly, the Alabama native is interested in why people in certain places or at certain times live longer than others. His work is published in peer-reviewed journals ranging from American Economic Journal: Applied Economics to Demography. Arenberg earned his Doctorate in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Economics from The London School of Economics and Political Science.