Marianne Wanamaker, an associate professor of economics in the Haslam College of Business, has been named a co-recipient of the International Health Economics Association’s Arrow Award for research showing the Tuskegee syphilis study decreased the overall life expectancy of black men.
“Tuskegee and the Health of Black Men,” published in Quarterly Journal of Economics in February 2018, was co-authored by Wanamaker and Marcella Alsan, an associate professor of medicine at Stanford University. It examined the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male, which the United States Public Health Service began in 1932 to understand the natural course of the disease. It was later ruled that researchers had misled hundreds of men over the study’s 40-year course. Participants were not offered penicillin when it became widely used as treatment.