Mireille Jacobson, PhD

Associate Professor, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

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Mireille Jacobson is an applied micro-economist with a diverse portfolio of research united by an interest in understanding how health care policies affect well-being. Much of her work focuses on the supply-side of health care markets, analyzing (i) the effects of direct supply changes (e.g., hospital closures) on access to care and (ii) the impact of reimbursement policy on treatment and outcomes, specifically in the oncology market. Other work focuses on the demand side, assessing the risk-protective value of health insurance for consumers. Her current projects include analyses of (i) tradeoffs in covering near poor households with public insurance versus subsidies for the purchase of private health insurance, (ii) the impact of a transitional care pain management model on readmissions and health outcomes for opioid tolerant patients, and (iii) the anticipatory effects of gaining Medicare on the mental health of seniors. In addition to being an Associate Professor in the Davis School of Gerontology, she is the co-director of the program on aging at USC’s Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics and a research associate in the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Dr. Jacobson holds a PhD (2001) and MA (1998) in Economics from Harvard University and was a NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Harvard Medical School in 2001-2002.

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