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Daniel Philip Kessler

Professor, Political Economy
DanielPhilipKessler
Professor of Political Economy
Professor of Law, School of Law
Professor of Health Research and Policy (by courtesy), School of Medicine
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Academic Area: 
Political Economy

Research Statement

Professor Kessler's research interests include empirical studies in antitrust law, law and economics, and the economics of health care. His recent work focuses on the consequences of hospital mergers and hospital ownership (nonprofit versus for-profit) for the cost and quality of medical care. His new book, "Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System" (with John Cogan and R. Glenn Hubbard), outlines how market-based health care reform in the U.S. can help fix our system's current problems. Currently, he is investigating how to use medical claims data to identify the types of health care providers that are likely to commit Medicare fraud and abuse.

Bio

Daniel Kessler is a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, a professor at Stanford Law School, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research interests include empirical studies in antitrust law, law and economics, and the economics of health care.

He holds a PhD in economics from M.I.T. and a law degree from Stanford. He has won awards for his advising and research from Stanford, the National Institute of Health Care Management Foundation, and the International Health Economics Association. He has received grants from the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the California Health Care Foundation. He has served as a consultant to corporations, foundations, and the governments of the United States and Canada. He has taught courses in health economics, public policy, and antitrust law at Stanford and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published numerous papers in economics journals and law reviews. He has also written extensively on health care reform for the Wall Street Journal and Health Affairs.

His new book, Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System (with John Cogan and R. Glenn Hubbard), outlines how market-based health care reform in the U.S. can help fix our system’s current problems. Currently, he is investigating how to use medical claims data to identify the types of health care providers that are likely to commit Medicare fraud and abuse.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, MIT, 1994
  • JD, Stanford University, 1993
  • AB, Harvard University, 1988

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 1994
  • Professor of Economics, Law, and Policy, Stanford GSB
  • Professor of Law, School of Law, Stanford Law School

Publications

Journal Articles

Joseph Bankman, John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, Daniel Philip Kessler. Tax Policy and the Economy. 2012, Vol. 26, Issue 1, Pages 43-58).
John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, Daniel Philip Kessler. National Tax Journal. September 2011, Vol. 64, Pages 795-816.
Daniel Philip Kessler, Mark B. McClellan. National Bureau of Economic Research. July 1999.
Daniel Philip Kessler, Anne Morrison Piehl. Journal of Law, Economics, and Organizations. 1998, Vol. 14 , Issue 2, Pages 256-276.
Daniel Philip Kessler, Mark McClellan. Quarterly Journal of Economics. 1996, Vol. 111, Issue 2, Pages 353-390.
Daniel Philip Kessler. Journal of Law, Economics, and Organizations. 1996, Vol. 12 , Issue 2, Pages 432-460.
Daniel Philip Kessler. RAND Journal of Economics. 1995, Vol. 26, Issue 2, Pages 296-313.
William F. Baxter, Daniel Philip Kessler. Stanford Law Review. 1995, Vol. 47, Issue 4, Pages 615-631.
Daniel Philip Kessler. Journal of Labor Economics. 1991, Vol. 9, Issue 4, Pages 413-426.

Books

Daniel Philip Kessler, R. Glenn Hubbard, John Cogan American Enterprise Institute Press, 2014.

Other Publications

Daniel Philip Kessler. Hoover Daily Report. August 25, 2003.

Courses Taught

Degree Courses

2013-14

The Critical Analytical Thinking (CAT) course provides a setting for students to further develop and hone the skills needed to analyze complex issues and make forceful and well-grounded arguments. In 16-18 person sections, you will analyze,...

This course provides the legal, instititional, and economic background necessary to understand the financing and production of health services in the US. Potential topics include: health reform, health insurance (Medicare and Medicaid, employer-...

2012-13

The Critical Analytical Thinking (CAT) course provides a setting for students to further develop and hone the skills needed to analyze complex issues and make forceful and well-grounded arguments. In 16-18 person sections, you will analyze,...

2011-12

The Critical Analytical Thinking (CAT) course provides a setting for students to further develop and hone the skills needed to analyze complex issues and make forceful and well-grounded arguments. In 16-18 person sections, you will analyze,...

This course provides the legal, instititional, and economic background necessary to understand the financing and production of health services in the US. Potential topics include: health reform, health insurance (Medicare and Medicaid, employer-...

2010-11

Critical Analytical Thinking (CAT) will address issues that transcend any single discipline or function of management. In 14-16 person sections, you will analyze, write about, and debate fundamental issues, questions, and phenomena that arise in...

Stanford Case Studies

Press Ganey and HCAHPS | P72
Daniel Kessler, Sara Leslie2009
Asian Neighborhood Design | E44
Daniel Kessler1998
Echelon and the Home Automation Standard (B) | P20B
David Baron, Michael Ting, Keith Krehbiel, Erik Johnson, Daniel P. Kessler1996

Stanford University Affiliations

Stanford GSB

Greater Stanford University

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    Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

Service to the Profession

  • Member, American Economic Association
  • Member, American Law and Economics Association

In the Media

Wall Street Journal, September 13, 2012
In the Wall Street Journal, Daniel Kessler argues that key parts of Obama's health care plan have already failed.
Los Angeles Times, February 23, 2006
Physician Shortage in Pennsylvania?
Physicians News Digest, September 2005
Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune, August 29, 2003
Doctors' Fear of Lawsuits May Hurt Care
Reuters News, June 2003
Bloomberg Businessweek, April 31, 2002
Robbing Smokers to Pay Lawyers
Wall Street Journal, May 7, 1998