Zachariah Emmanuel is a second-year Ph.D. student in Economics at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University Atlanta. His research interests include health economics, behavioral economics, applied econometrics and labor economics. He is interested in studying the economic costs associated with risky health behaviors such as cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, poor diet, drug abuse and risky sexual behavior. Before starting his Ph.D. program, he worked as an Assistant Lecturer and a Research Assistant at the Federal University Wukari, Nigeria and the Centre for Econometric & Allied Research (CEAR), University of Ibadan, respectively. He obtained his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Economics from the University of Jos, Nigeria. Outside of academics, Zachariah enjoys mentoring and guiding young people to make better choices and decisions in life.