Neeraj Sood, PhD

Director, COVID Initiative, USC Schaeffer Center
Professor of Public Policy, USC Price School of Public Policy

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Neeraj Sood, PhD, is a professor at the USC Price School of Public Policy with joint appointments at the USC Keck School of Medicine and USC Marshall School of Business. He is the Director of COVID Initiative and a senior fellow at the USC Schaeffer Center. His research focuses on economic epidemiology, infectious diseases, pharmaceutical markets, health insurance, economics of innovation, Medicare, and global health. He has published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals in economics, medicine, and policy, including JAMA, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Health Affairs, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and Health Services Research. He has testified frequently on health policy issues and is a National Associate of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine recognizing his extraordinary contributions to the nation in matters of science, engineering and medicine. His research has been supported by major funders including  the National Institutes for Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation and other prominent funders. His work has been featured in media outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Science Magazine and Scientific American. Sood was the finalist for the 16th and 21st annual National Institute for Health Care Management Health Care Research Award, recognizing outstanding research in health policy. He was also the 2009 recipient of the Eugene Garfield Economic Impact Prize, recognizing outstanding research demonstrating how medical research impacts the economy.

Sood has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and Health Services Research. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a board member of the American Society of Health Economists. Prior to joining USC, he was a senior economist at RAND and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

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