Henry Saffer received a Ph.D. in Economics from the City University of New York in 1977. He has published a number of papers on public policy and substance abuse. These include papers on the effects of alcohol and tobacco advertising, the effects of mental illness on substance use and the effects of illicit drug control polices. His current work includes studies of social interaction, prescription drug advertising and tobacco control policy.
He has been the principle investigator on several grants from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and on grants from the National Institute of Cancer, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, the J.M. Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in New York.