Professor Thomas McGuire, Academic Affiliate

Thomas G. McGuire, PhD, is a professor of health economics in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on the design and impact of health care payment systems, the economics of health care disparities, and the economics of mental health policy and drug regulation and payment. McGuire has contributed to the theory of physician, hospital, and health plan payment. His research on health care disparities includes developing approaches to defining and measuring disparities, and study of the theory and measurement of provider discrimination. For more than 35 years, McGuire has conducted academic and policy research on the economics of mental health. His research on drug regulation focusses on brand-generic competition.

In 2008, he received the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He is a recipient of the Elizur Wright Award from the American Association of Risk and Insurance for his book, Financing Psychotherapy, the Arrow Award from the International Health Economics Association, and the Carl Taube Award from the American Public Health Association. He received awards for paper of the year in 2008 from Academy Health and the National Institute of Health Care Management (NIHCM). He is also the lead author of the paper (on risk adjustment) selected by the NIHCM for the paper of the year award for 2013. He has co-chaired four NIMH-sponsored conferences on the Economics of Mental Health, and was a coeditor of the Handbook of Health Economics Volume 2, published in 2012. McGuire is a member of the Institute of Medicine, and recently completed ten years as an editor of the Journal of Health Economics.

Dr. McGuire received his A.B. degree from Princeton and his Ph.D. degree in economics from Yale University.


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