Mark McGovern is a Program on the Global Demography of Aging Fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics in 2012 from University College Dublin, where he held a scholarship from the Health Research Board and was part of the Irish SHARE (Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe) team at the UCD Geary Institute. His areas of interest are health and development economics, and his recent research covers childhood and infant health, aging, and measuring HIV prevalence rates in developing countries.

Several of his papers are concerned with evaluating the lasting impact of early life circumstance. For a summary of a recent paper on the long run impact of public health interventions see the recent Vox article: Improving child health reduces disability and health inequalities among adults (Liam Delaney, Mark McGovern, James P Smith, 2011).