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Frank A. Sloan, J. Alexander McMahon Professor of Health Policy and Management and Professor of Economics

Frank A. Sloan
Contact Info:
Office Location:  236 Social Sciences Building
Office Phone:  (919) 613-9358
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2015):

    Social Sciences 111, W 06:15 PM-08:45 PM

PhDHarvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts1969
A.B. (high honors in Economics)Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio1964

Health Economics
Labor Economics / Economics of the Household
Behavioral Economics
Research Interests: Health Policy, Physician Behavior, and Hospital Behavior

Professor Sloan is interested in studying the subjects of health policy and the economics of aging, hospitals, health, pharmaceuticals, and substance abuse. He has received funding from numerous research grants that he earned for studies of which he was the principal investigator. His most recent grants were awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Center for Disease Control, the Pew Charitable Trust, and the National Institute on Aging. Titles of his projects include, “Why Mature Smokers Do Not Quit,” “Legal and Economic Vulnerabilities of the Master Settlement Agreement,” “Determinants and Cost of Alcohol Abuse Among the Elderly and Near-elderly,” and “Reinsurance Markets and Public Policy.” He received the Investigator Award for his work on the project, “Reoccurring Crises in Medical Malpractice.” Some of his earlier works include the studies entitled, “Policies to Attract Nurses to Underserved Areas,” “The Impact of National Economic Conditions on the Health Care of the Poor-Access,” and “Analysis of Physician Price and Output Decisions.” Professor Sloan’s latest research continues to investigate the trends and repercussions of medical malpractice, physician behavior, and hospital behavior.


health economics • economics of aging • economics of substnace abuse • medical malpractice • economics of hospitals • economics of pharmaceuticals

Curriculum Vitae  Bio
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. F.A. Sloan with L. Chepke, Medical Malpractice (2008), MIT Press
  2. F.A. Sloan, co-edited with H. Kasper, Incentives and Choice in Health Care (2008), MIT Press
  3. F.A. Sloan, co-edited with Hellen Gellband, Cancer Control Opportunities in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (2007), Washington: The National Academies Press
  4. F.A. Sloan, edited with C-R. Hsieh, Pharmaceutical Innovation: Incentives, Competition, and Cost-Benefit Analysis in International Perspective (2007), Cambridge University Press
  5. F.A. Sloan with L. Chepke, The Law and Economics of Public Health (2007), Now Publishers
  6. F.A. Sloan with J. Ostermann, G. Picone, C. Conover, and D.H. Taylor, Jr., The Price of Smoking (2004), MIT Press
  7. F.A. Sloan with V.K. Smith and D.H. Taylor, Jr., The Smoking Puzzle: Information, Risk Perception, and Choice (2003), Harvard University Press (Awarded Honorable Mention, Research Communication Award, July 2004 by the American Agricultural Economics Association.)
  8. F.A. Sloan with Stout, E., Whetten-Goldstein, K., and Liang, L., Drinkers, Drivers, and Bartenders: Balancing Private Choices and Public Accountability (2000), pp. 115-42, University of Chicago Press
  9. Valuing Health Care: Costs, Benefits, and Effectiveness of Pharmaceuticals and Other Medical Technologies, edited by Frank A. Sloan (1995), pp. xi, 273, Cambridge: New York and Melbourne: Cambridge University Press
  10. F.A. Sloan with A. Khwaja and Y. Wang, Do Smokers Value their Health and Longevity Less?, Journal of Law Economics, vol. 52 no. 1 (February, 2009), pp. 171-196
  11. F.A. Sloan with J. Shadle and L. Chepke, Is There Empiracal Evidence for "Defensive Medicine?" A Reassessment, Journal of Health Economics, vol. 28 no. 2 (March, 2009), pp. 481-91
  12. F.A. Sloan with A. Khwaja, D. Silverman and Y. Wang, Are Smokers Misinformed?, Journal of Health Economics, vol. 28 no. 2 (March, 2009), pp. 385-397
  13. F.A. Sloan with Y. Wang, Economic Theory and Evidence on Smoking Behavior of Adults, Addiction, vol. 103 no. 11 (November, 2008), pp. 1777-1785
  14. F.A. Sloan with L. Chepke, From Medical Malpractice to Quality Assurance, Issues in Sceince and Technology, vol. 24 no. 3 (Spring 2008), pp. 63-70
  15. F.A. Sloan with A. Khwaja and S. Chung, Individual Expectations and Behaviors: Evidence of the Relationships between Mortality Expectations and Smoking Decisions, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, vol. 35 no. 2 (October, 2007), pp. 179-201
  16. F.A. Sloan with Ahmed Khwaja and Dan Silverman, Time Preference, Time Discounting, and Smoking Decisions, Journal of Health Economics, vol. 26 no. 5 (September, 2007), pp. 927-949
  17. F.A. Sloan with P. Arcidiancono and H. Sieg, Living Rationally Under the Valcano? An Empirical Analysis of Heavy Drinking and Smoking, International Economic Review, vol. 48 no. 1 (February, 2007)
  18. F.A. Sloan with A. Khawja, D. Silverman and Y. Wang, Smoking, Wealth Accumulation, and the Propensity to Plan, Economics Letters, vol. 94 no. 1 (January, 2007), pp. 96-102

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