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About David L Weimer

Substantively, I am interested in the question: How can we organize the governance of medicine to integrate appropriately values, interests, and expertise? My current efforts to answer this question involve a study of decision making within the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, an organization that engages in private rule-making. I also have a long-standing interest in policy craft. Most recently this interest has led me to the question of whether or not the wider application of cost-benefit analysis would promote better social policy. A volume, co-edited with Aidan Vining, addressing this question based on a project done for the MacArthur Foundation was published recently by Georgetown University Press. In addition to these ongoing interests, I am engaging in health services research looking at the impact of health report cards and racial disparity in access to quality health care, the social and fiscal impacts of early detection and treatment of Alzheimer's disease, and the proper accounting for addiction in cost-benefit analysis. An empirical effort employing contingent valuation methods to relate the willingness-to-pay of smokers to eliminate addiction to the "unaddicted" demand schedule for cigarettes appeared recently in Health Economics. Finally, I am interested in how we can design institutions to promote better the use of evidence in policy making.


Present Faculty Member, Policy Studies Organization
Present Political Science and Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin- Madison

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Health policy, Policy analysis and evaluation, and Cost-benefit analysis

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1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706


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