• Daniel Polsky

Daniel E. Polsky, PhD

  • Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management; Professor of Medicine; Executive Director, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
  • Email: polsky@wharton.upenn.edu


Daniel Polsky, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, is a Professor of Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine and the Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management in the Wharton School. He currently serves on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers and the Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice.  He was the Senior Economist on health issues at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in 2007-08.  His research was awarded AcademyHealth’s Article of the Year in 2014. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in May 1996 and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan in 1989. His areas of interest include health care access, workforce, and economic evaluation of medical and behavioral health interventions. He is a coauthor of the book “Economic Evaluation in Clinical Trials” published by Oxford University Press.

Selected Publications

Polsky D, Richards M, Basseyn S, Wissoker D, Kenney GM, Zuckerman S, Rhodes KV:

Appointment Availability after Increases in Medicaid Payments for Primary Care. New England Journal of Medicine 372:537-545, 2015.

Becker N, Polsky D:

Women Saw Large Decrease In Out-Of-Pocket Spending For Contraceptives After ACA Mandate Removed Cost Sharing. Health Affairs 2015.

Horowitz J, Polsky D:

Cross Border Effects of State Health Technology Regulation. American Journal of Health Economics 2015

Polsky D, David G, Yang J, Kinosian B, Werner R:

The Effect of Entry Regulation in the Health Care Sector: the Case of Home Health. Journal of Public Economics 110: 1, February 2014.

Jung K, Polsky, D:

Competition and quality in home health care markets. Health Economics May 2013.

Konetzka T, Werner R, Polsky D:

Shipping Out Instead of Shaping Up: Rehospitalization from Nursing Homes as an Unintended Effect of Public Reporting. Journal of Health Economics 32(2): 341-352, 2012.

Polsky D, Doshi JA, Escarce J, Manning W, Paddock SM, Cen LY, Rogowski J:

The Health Effects of Medicare for the Near-Elderly Uninsured. Health Services Research 2009.

Polsky D, Jha AK, Lave J, Pauly MV, Cen L, Klusaritz H, Chen Z, Volpp KG:

Short- and long-term mortality after an acute illness for elderly whites and blacks. Health Services Research 2008.

Polsky D, Grande D:

The burden of health care costs for working  families--implications for reform. New England Journal of Medicine. 2009 Jul 30;361(5):437-9.

Polsky D, Marcus SC, Werner R:

Malpractice Premiums and the Supply of Obstetricians Inquiry-The Journal of Health Care Organization Provision and Financing. 47(1)48-61.


 University of Pennsylvania, PhD, Economics