Visiting Fellows

Visiting Scholars

Abby AlpertAbby Alpert, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of economics and public policy at the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests are in the areas of health economics and public finance. Her recent research has studied anticipatory responses to Medicare Part D, the effects of Medicaid reimbursement rules on generic drug price competition, and the impacts of Medicare payment reform on drug shortages.

Prior to joining The Paul Merage School of Business, she was an associate economist at the RAND Corporation. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland and B.S. in mathematics and economics from the University of Chicago.

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Mireille Jacobson

Mireille Jacobson, Ph.D. is an associate professor of economics and public policy and Director of the Center for Health Care Management and Policy at The Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.  She is also a faculty research fellow in the Health Care program at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Prior to joining The Merage School, she was a senior health economist at the RAND Corporation, the Deputy Director of RAND Health's Economics, Finance, and Organization (EFO) Program, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research focuses broadly on the impact of incentives in health care markets on physician, hospital and patient behavior. Her current projects include an analysis of the impact of Medicare payment policies on physician treatment decisions and patient outcomes and the impact of health insurance on medical expenditure risk and financial strain. Her work has appeared in The Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Journal – Applied Economics, The New England Journal of Medicine and Health Affairs. Jacobson received her B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D., also in economics, from Harvard University.

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Past Visiting Scholars

Eric Helland, Ph.D.

Eric Helland is an economist whose research focuses on law and economics and regulation. His recent research focuses on expert witness testimony, securities litigation, auto safety, and medical malpractice. He is working on a study on the impact of judicial pay on judicial quality and the impact of the Class Action Fairness Act. He joined the RAND Corporation in 2004. Prior to that he was a visiting fellow at the Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. In 2003–04, he served as a senior economist on the Council of Economic Advisers. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Regulatory Economics.

Abby Alpert, PhD

Mireille Jacobson, PhD

Eric Helland, PhD