Darius N. Lakdawalla

Darius N. Lakdawalla, PhD

Quintiles Chair in Pharmaceutical Development and Regulatory Innovation

Pharmaceutical and Health Economics

Research Topics

  1. Economic risks to health
  2. Medical innovation
  3. Regualtory policy
  4. Organization of health care markets
  5. Medical malpractice
  6. Health insurance markets and benefit design
  7. Comparative effectiveness and outcomes research

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Darius N. Lakdawalla

Research Interest

Dr. Lakdawalla’s research has been concerned with the economics of risks to health, medical innovation, and the organization of health care markets. His additional research interests include medical malpractice, health insurance markets & benefits design, medical innovation and regulatory policy, behavioral economics, comparative effectiveness and outcomes research, and health care costs.


Darius Lakdawalla is a Professor in the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy and in the Sol Price School of Public Policy, and holds the Quintiles Chair in Pharmaceutical Development and Regulatory Innovation. Dr. Lakdawalla is also Director of Research at the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at USC.

He has been the recipient of the Milken Institute’s Distinguished Economic Research Award for best research in the field of economics, and the recipient of the Garfield Prize for research on the economics of medical innovation. His work has been published in leading journals of economics, medicine, and health policy, and funded by the National Institute of Aging, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Dr. Lakdawalla is currently a Research Associate in the Health Care and Health Economics programs at the National Bureau of Economic Research, in Cambridge, Mass., and a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He serves as an Associate Editor at the Review of Economics and Statistics. He is also the former Director of Research at the Bing Center for Health Economics at the RAND Corporation.

Dr. Lakdawalla received his BS in mathematics and philosophy from Amherst College and his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.

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