Darius Lakdawalla

Adjunct Scholar

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Darius Lakdawalla is an associate professor in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California (USC) and the director of research at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. He is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Mr. Lakdawalla's research ranges from the economic impact of health risks to the organization of health care markets. In particular, he has published studies exploring the reasons behind the declining use of nursing homes by the elderly, the rising rates of obesity in America, the acceleration in the rate of new HIV infections, and the surprising growth in disability among younger Americans. While at AEI, he will be studying the use of private-sector data to better understand geographic variation in health care.


  • Associate Professor, School of Policy, Planning, and Development, 2009-present; director of research, Schaeffer Center for Health Economics and Policy, 2009-present, University of Southern California
  • Associate Economist, 2000-2003; Economist, 2003-2006; Senior Economist, 2006-2009; Affiliated Adjunct Economist, 2009-present, RAND Corporation
  • Editorial Board Member, Berkeley Electronic Press Forum on Health Economics and Policy, 2005-present
  • Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2001-present
  • Professor of Economics, Pardee RAND Graduate School of Public Policy, 2002-2009



Ph.D., economics, University of Chicago
B.A., mathematics and philosophy, Amherst College