Professor of Economics

John R. Bowblis, Ph.D., is a Professor of Economics in the Farmer School of Business and a Research Fellow with the Scripps Gerontology Center, both at Miami University (Ohio). He also has affiliations with the School of Aging at the University of South Florida, The Brattle Group, and Economists, Inc.



Dr. Bowblis’ research centers on economic, antitrust, and regulatory issues related to the long-term care, post-acute care, hospitals, physicians, and other health care sectors with particular focus on health care quality, costs, and how providers respond to competition and financial incentives. Dr. Bowblis’ work has been published in the American Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Health Services Research, Review of Industrial Organization, Medical Care, Health Affairs, and other journals. Dr. Bowblis current grant funded research focuses on effect of COVID-19 on Ohio nursing homes, racial and ethnic disparities in long-term care, the impact of person-centered care on nursing home quality, and the treatment of individuals with severe mental illness in long-term care facilities. Dr. Bowblis is currently also working with a team at the Scripps Gerontology Center and the Government Resource Center (GRC) at the Ohio State University to evaluate Ohio’s MyCare Program.

​Select Forthcoming and Recent Publications

Bowblis JR, Applebaum R. Prevalence of COVID-19 in Ohio Nursing Homes: What’s Quality Got to Do With It? Journal of Aging & Social Policy, in press.

Bowblis JR, Ng W, Akosionu O, Shippee TP. Decomposing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Nursing Home Quality of Life. Journal of Applied Gerontology, in press.

Nasseh K, Bowblis JR, Vujcic M. Pricing in Commercial Dental Insurance and Provider Markets. Health Services Research, in press.

Bowblis JR, Smith A. 2021. Occupational Licensing of Social Services and Nursing Home Quality: A Regression Discontinuity Approach. Industrial and Labor Relations Review 74(1): 199-223.

Xu H, Intrator O, Bowblis JR. 2020. Shortages of Staffing in Nursing Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What Are the Driving Factors? Journal of the American Medical Directors Association 21:1371-1377.

Jester DJ, Hyer K, Bowblis JR. 2020. Quality Concerns in Nursing Homes that Serve Large Proportions of Residents with Serious Mental Illness. The Gerontologist 60(7): 1312-21.

Huang S, Bowblis JR. 2019. Is the Quality of Nursing Homes Counter-Cyclical? Evidence from 2001 to 2015. The Gerontologist 59(6): 1044-1054

Berish D, Bornstein J, Bowblis JR. 2019. The Impact of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Presence on Nursing Home Survey Deficiencies. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association 20(10): 1325-1330.

Akosa Antwi Y, Bowblis JR. 2018. The Impact of Nurse Turnover on Quality of Care and Mortality in Nursing Homes: Evidence from the Great Recession. American Journal of Health Economics 4(2): 131-161.


Dr. Bowblis has taught a number of undergraduate and graduate courses in health economics, applied econometrics, industrial organization, regulation, and antitrust.


Dr. Bowblis has received several awards including: the James Robeson Junior Faculty Research Excellence Award (2016); the Leo Award (2016), Excellence in Career Development Award (2016), the Peter Asch Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Research in Applied Microeconomics (2009), and the Sidney I. Simon Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2006). In 2020, Dr. Bowblis’ co-authored work with Sean Huang on the whether quality in nursing homes is counter-cyclical won the inaugural AcademyHealth’s Long-term Services and Support Interest Group’s Publication of the Year Award.

Prior Work

Prior to joining the faculty at Miami University, Dr. Bowblis worked at a litigation consulting firm and Rutgers University’s Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research.



Dr. Bowblis received his Ph.D. from the Department of Economics at Rutgers University, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from King’s College in Pennsylvania.