Expert on health economics and policy, Medicare, nursing homes, and obesity
Director of Research, Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics
Associate Professor, USC Price School of Public Policy
- health economics
- health policy
- labor economics
- drug and medical patents
- nursing homes
- aging and the health needs of the elderly
- obesity and associated health risks
- HIV infections
- disabilities, including those in youth
- Lakdawalla’s research has been concerned with the economics of risks to health and the organization of health care markets. He has published studies exploring the reasons behind the declining use of nursing homes by the elderly, rising rates of obesity in America, acceleration in the rate of new HIV infections, and the surprising growth in disability among younger Americans.
- Lakdawalla received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago and his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Amherst College. His work has been published in leading journals of economics, medicine and health policy.
- He is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass., and the former director of research at the Bing Center for Health Economics at the RAND Corporation.