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About Darius N. Lakdawalla

DARIUS LAKDAWALLA is the Director of Research at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, at the University of Southern California, and an Affiliated Adjunct Economist at the RAND Corporation, in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Lakdawalla received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago and his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Amherst College. He is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, in Cambridge, MA.


Present Director of Research, Bing Center for Health Economics, RAND Corporation
Present Editorial Board Member, BE Press Forum on Health Economics and Policy, RAND Corporation
Present Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research
Present Professor of Economics, Pardee RAND Graduate School of Public Policy, RAND Corporation
Present Senior Economist, RAND Corporation

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

Disability and Long-Term Care, Education Production, Health Insurance, HIV and Infectious Disease, Innovation, Nonprofit Behavior, Obesity and Body Weight, and Terrorism Risk and Insurance

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Honors and Awards

  • 2003 Milken Institute Award for Distinguished Economic Research

Contact Information

RAND Corporation
1776 Main St., P.O. Box 2138
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138
(310) 393-0411, ext. 7896

Education Production (2)

Innovation (8)

Health Insurance (5)

Disability and Long-Term Care (8)

Obesity and Body Weight (5)