Sheldon Howard Jacobson, Ph.D.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Papers in Archival Journals


Transportation and Public Health

1.    Jacobson, S.H., McLay, L.A., 2006, “The Economic Impact of Obesity on Automobile Fuel Consumption," The Engineering Economist, 51(4), 307-323.

2.    Jacobson, S.H., King, D.M., 2009, “Measuring the Potential for Automobile Fuel Savings in the US: The Impact of Obesity,” Transportation Research Part D (Transport and Environment), 14(1), 6-13.

3.    Jacobson, S.H., King, D.M., 2009, “Fuel Saving and Ridesharing in the US: Motivations, Limitations, and Opportunities, Transportation Research Part D (Transport and Environment), 14(1), 14-21.

4.    Nikolaev, A.G., Robbins, M.J., Jacobson, S.H., 2010, “Evaluating the Impact of Legislation Prohibiting Hand-Held Cell Phone Use While Driving,” Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 44(3), 182-193.

5.    Jacobson, S. H., King, D. M., Yuan, R., 2011, “A Note on the Relationship Between Obesity and Driving” Transport Policy, 18(6), 772-776.

6.    King, D.M., Jacobson, S.H., Ryan, K., Robbins, M.J., 2012, “Assessing the Long Term Benefit of Hand-held Wireless Device Bans While Driving” Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 46(12), 1586-1593.

7.    Behzad, B., King, D.M., Jacobson, S.H., 2013, “Quantifying the Association Between Obesity, Automobile Travel, and Caloric Intake," Preventive Medicine, 56(2), 103-106.

8.    Behzad B., King D.M., Jacobson S.H., 2014, “Seatbelt usage: Is there an association with obesity?” Public Health, 128(9), 799-803.

9.    King, D.M., Jacobson, S.H. 2017, " What’s Driving Obesity?: A Review on the Connections Between Obesity and Motorized Transportation,” Current Obesity Reports, 6(1), 3-9.

10.  She, Z., King, D.M., Jacobson, S.H. 2017, "Analyzing the Impact of Public Transit Usage on Obesity," Preventive Medicine, 99, 264-268.

11. She, Z., King, D. M., Jacobson, S. H. 2019, "Is Promoting Public Transit an Effective Intervention for Obesity? A longitudinal study of the relation between public transit usage and obesity,” Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 119, 162-169.

12. Pavlik, J., Ludden, I.G., Sewell, E.C., Jacobson, S.H., 2021, “Airline Seat Assignment Problem,” Service Sciences, 13(1), 1-18.

13. Pavlik, J, Ludden, I.G., Jacobson, S.H., 2022, “SARS-CoV-2 Aerosol Risk Models for the Airplane Seating Assignment Problem,” Journal of Air Transport Management, 99,



Public Health Insights

1.    Jacobson, S.H., Yu, G., Jokela, J.A., 2016, "A Double-risk Monitoring and Quarantine Policy for Ebola Entry Screening at Airports in the United States,” Preventive Medicine, 88, 33-38.

2.    King, D.M., Jacobson, S.H. 2017, "Random Acts of Violence: Examining Probabilistic Independence of Mass Killing Events in the United States" Victims and Violence, 32(6), 1014-1023.

3.    Jacobson, S.H., Jokela, J.A. 2020, “Non-COVID-19 Excess Deaths by Age and Gender in the United States During the First Three Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Public Health, 189, 101-103.

4.    Jacobson, S.H., Jokela, J.A. 2021, “Beyond COVID-19 Deaths during the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States,” Health Care Management Science, 2494), 661-665.

5.    Ludden, I.G., Jacobson, S.H., Jokela, J.A., 2022, “Comparing 2020 and 2021 COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 Deaths Using 2015-2019 Pre-pandemic Deaths as a Benchmark.” Health Care Management Science, 25(3), 515-520.



Last Updated: 23 October 2023