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David Cutler, PhD Biography

Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics at Harvard University
Pro to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"

“Many people are worried that the health-care reform proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats will fail to bend the ‘cost curve.’ A number of commentators are urging no votes because of this, and Republicans have asked the president to start health reform over, focusing squarely on the issue of cost reduction.

These calls overlook the actual legislation. Over the past year of debate, 10 broad ideas have been offered for bending the health-care cost curve. The Democrats’ proposed legislation incorporates virtually every one of them…

My own calculations, mirrored by other observers and a host of business and provider groups, suggest that the reforms will save nearly $600 billion over the next decade and even more in the subsequent one.”

“Health Reform Passes the Cost Test,” Wall Street Journal, Mar. 9, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, Department of Economics and Kennedy School Government, Harvard University, 2005-present
  • Member, Institute of Medicine
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Alliance for Aging Research
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Fellow, Employee Benefit Research Institute
  • Member, National Academy of Social Insurance
  • Member, Institute for Research on Poverty
  • Social Sciences Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, 2003-2008
  • Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1997-2005
  • Member, Institute of Medicine Panel, 2002
  • Member, Medicare Technical Advisory Panel, 2000
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences Panel, 1999
  • John L. Loed Associate Professor of Social Sciences, Harvard University, 1995-1997
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Harvard University, 1991-1995
  • Senior Staff Economist, Council of Economic Advisers and Director, National Economic Council, 1993
  • PhD, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991
  • BA, Economics, summa cum laude, Harvard, 1987
  • Received the John P. McGovern Award from the Association of Academic Health Centers, 2009
  • Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2008
  • Named one of the 50 most influential men under age 45 by Details magazine, 2007
  • Named one of the “30 For The Future” by Modern Healthcare, Aug. 2006
  • Received the Biennial award for distinguished contribution to the literature in population, Section on the Sociology of Population of the American Sociological Association, for “The Role of Public Health Improvements in Health Advances: The 20th Century United States,” 2006
  • Received the American Society of Health Economists Medal for Outstanding Health Economist Age 40 and Under, 2006
  • Winner of the David Kershaw Prize, awarded by the Association for Public Policy and Management, 2004
  • Received the John Eisenberg Mentoring Award, given by the Agency for Health Care Quality and Research, 2004
  • Received the Eugene Garfield Award given by Research!America, for “The Return to Biomedical Research: Treatment and Behavioral Effects,” 2003
  • Elected to the Institute of Medicine, 2001
  • Received the Kenneth Arrow Award for Best Paper in Health Economics, for “How Does Managed Care Do It?” 2000
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