Daniel P. Kessler

Professor, Political Economy
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Professor of Political Economy

Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Professor of Law, School of Law
Professor of Political Economy
Professor of Health Research and Policy (by courtesy), School of Medicine
Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
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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 Article

Books

Working Papers

Stanford Case Studies

Stanford University Affiliations

  • Senior Fellow Hoover Institution

Service to the Profession

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

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