Naomi Zewde

Naomi Zewde

Naomi Zewde

Naomi Zewde is an assistant professor at the City University of New York, and a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. Dr Zewde conducts research on how health and social policies in the United States affect households’ economic security and economic inequalities, primarily in wealth and insurance. Her work has evaluated the reductions to home evictions and reductions in poverty that result from expanded public health-care coverage; critically evaluated the ability of high-deductible insurance to protect low- and middle- income households; and simulated the effects of a universal trust fund program (“baby bonds”) for racial wealth inequality among young adults. Recent and current work examines the ability of a state-level public option to offer meaningfully improved coverage without destabilizing competing private markets; the individual welfare effects of tax-financed coverage across the income distribution; and the ability of New York City jails to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her work has been published by academic outlets in health policy, public health, and health economics. This year, Naomi has appeared in Ms Magazine, the New York Times, and PBS Newshour.