Laurence C. Baker


Laurence C. Baker

Professor, Health Research and Policy, Stanford University

The Bing Professor of Human Biology, Stanford University
Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Fellow, Stanford Center for Health Policy

Additional Administrative Titles

Director of the Scholarly Concentration Program, Stanford University

Research Statement

Much of my current research examines the impacts of changing financial incentives, regulations, and organizational structures on health care provision and costs. One aspect of work in this area involves studying impacts of managed care and related insurance arrangements on things like health care costs, the pricing of physician services, prices for health insurance, and the availability and utilization of medical technologies. Other work examines factors influencing the adoption and use of medical technologies more generally, including particular work on imaging equipment. I am also interested in a range of other questions about health care systems, physicians organizations, provider compensation, health care cost growth, and health care quality.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Princeton University, Economics, 1994
  • MA, Princeton University, Economics, 1994

Academic Appointments

  • Professor, Health Research & Policy

Professional Experience

  • Director of the Scholarly Concentration Program, Stanford University, 2007 - Present
  • Chief of Health Services Research, Department of Health Research and Policy, 2001 - Present
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2002 - Present
  • Fellow, Stanford Center for Health Policy, 2000 - Present

Awards and Honors

  • ASHE Medal, American Society of Health Economists, 2008
  • Alice S. Hersh Young Investigator Award, Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy, 2000
  • NIHCM Research Award, National Institute for Health Care Management, 1999