Darius Lakdawalla

  • Professor, USC School of Pharmacy
  • Quintiles Chair, Pharmaceutical Development and Regulatory Innovation at USC School of Pharmacy and the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics
Office: (213) 740-6012

Expertise Summary

Expert on health economics and policy, Medicare, nursing homes, and obesity


  • health economics
  • health policy
  • labor economics
  • drug and medical patents
  • nursing homes
  • aging and the health needs of the elderly
  • Medicare
  • obesity and associated health risks
  • HIV infections
  • disabilities, including those in youth

Additional Information

  • ¬†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.