An applied microeconomist, Professor Swanson’s research focuses primarily on the economics of health care. In particular, she studies the effects of industrial organization and information on choices, costs, and health outcomes. Her recent work has examined the effect of physician ownership on health care quality and provider incentives; the effects of lack of transparency and other frictions on negotiations between hospitals and suppliers; the effects of complex prices and payments from pharmaceutical firms on prescription drug utilization and prices; and the effects of insurers’ provider and pharmacy networks on prices.
Professor Swanson also studies the factors affecting high achievement in secondary education. Recent work includes studies on gender disparities and school quality.
Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 2012
A.B., Economics, University of Chicago, June 2005, with Honors
A.B., Statistics, University of Chicago, June 2005
Assistant Professor of Health Care Management
The Wharton School
Health Care Management
Heidi Allen, Ashley Swanson, Jialan Wang, Tal Gross (2017). Early Medicaid Expansion Associated With Reduced Payday Borrowing In California, Health Affairs, 36 (10), 1769-1776.
Kenneth Savitsky, Boaz Keysar, Nicholas Epley, Travis Carter, Ashley Swanson (2010). The Closeness-Communication Bias: Increased Egocentrism Among Friends Versus Strangers, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 269-273.
Glenn Ellison and Ashley Swanson (2010). The Gender Gap in Secondary School Mathematics at High Achievement Levels: Evidence from the American Mathematics Competitions, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 24, 109-128.