Leemore Dafny is a Professor of Management and Strategy and the Herman Smith Research Professor in Hospital and Health Services.  Her research examines competitive interactions among payers and providers of healthcare services, and the intersection of industry and public policy.   Dafny’s work has been published in journals such as the American Economic Review and the New England Journal of Medicine, and featured in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Bloomberg, and The Washington Post.

Current projects include studies of consolidation in the U.S. hospital industry and the kidney dialysis industry, organizational form of provider practices, copayment coupons for prescription drugs, and the implications of for-profit ownership of insurance companies.

Dafny graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company prior to earning her PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  She has won several teaching awards as well as Kellogg’s leading research prize, the Stanley Reiter Best Paper award.  Dafny is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Faculty Fellow at Northwestern’s Institute of Policy Research, and a Board member of the American Society of Health Economists. 

Dafny’s expertise spans both the public and private sectors.  She has served on the Panel of Health Advisers for the Congressional Budget Office and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Retiree Health Benefits Commission.  In 2012-2013, she took academic leave to assume the role of Deputy Director for Healthcare and Antitrust in the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC.   Dafny advises companies, government agencies, and nonprofits on a variety of issues including antitrust matters, strategic decisions, and public policy.  


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