Abby E Alpert
Abby Alpert is an Assistant Professor of Health Care Management at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include health economics and public finance. Her recent work focuses on the policy behind Medicare and Medicaid and its consequences for prescription drugs. In this area of research, she has studied Medicaid reimbursement policies, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Part D, direct-to-consumer advertising, opioid abuse, and drug shortages. Her research also examines the impacts of Medicare and Medicaid payment policies for other health care services.
Prior to joining Wharton, she was an Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California in Irvine and she was an Associate Economist at the RAND Corporation. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland and B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Chicago.
- Ph. D. (economics) - University of Maryland, ’11
- B.S. (mathematics and economics) - University of Chicago, ’03
Assistant Professor of Health Care Management
The Wharton School
Health Care Management
Past and Present Public Policy Affiliations
Co-Investigator, Agency for Health Care Research and Quality R01. “Did the Medicare Modernization Act Cause Oncology Drug Shortages?” (PI: Mireille Jacobson), 2014-2017.
Principal Investigator, Agency for Health Care Research and Quality R03. “The Impact of Medicaid Reimbursement Policies on Pharmaceutical Spending,” 2013-2015.
Co-Investigator, National Cancer Institute R21. “The Welfare Consequences of Oncology Drug Shortages” (PI: Mireille Jacobson), 2013-2015.
Co-Principal Investigator, National Institute on Aging P30. “How Do Large Wealth Shocks Affect Retirement Behavior?” (Co-PI: David Powell), 2012-2013.
Bing Center for Health Economics Investment Award, RAND Corporation, 2012.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Dissertation Fellowship, 2010 – 2011.
Economic Club of Washington Doctoral Research Fellowship, 2010.
Adjunct Economist, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, 2013- present.
“Prescription Drug Advertising and Drug Utilization: The Role of Medicare Part D,” 2016. (with Darius Lakdawalla and Neeraj Sood), Under Review
“Effects of Payment Reform in More versus Less Competitive Markets,” 2016. (with Neeraj Sood, Kayleigh Barnes, Peter Huckfeldt, Jose Escarce), Revise & Resubmit at Journal of Health Economics
“Estimating Intensive and Extensive Tax Responsiveness: Do Older Workers Respond to Income Taxes?” 2016. (with David Powell), Under Review
“Supply-Side Drug Policy in the Presence of Substitutes: Evidence from the Introduction of AbuseDeterrent Opioids.” 2016. (with Rosalie Pacula and David Powell)
“The Welfare Effects of Oncology Drug Shortages.” 2016. (with Helen Hsi and Mireille Jacobson)
“Understanding the Causes of Consolidation in the Market for Cancer Care.” 2016. (with Helen Hsi and Mireille Jacobson), Under Review
Abby Alpert (2016). The Anticipatory Effects of Medicare Part D on Drug Utilization, Journal of Health Economics, 49, 28-45.
David Auerbach, Ateev Mehrotra, Peter Hussey, Peter Huckfeldt, Abby Alpert, Christopher Lau, and Victoria Shier (2015). How Will Provider-Focused Payment Reform Impact Geographic Variation in Medicare Spending? American Journal of Managed Care, 21(6).
Christopher Lau, Abby Alpert, Peter Huckfeldt, Peter Hussey, David Auerbach, Hangsheng Liu, Neeraj Sood, and Ateev Mehrotra (2014). Post-acute Referral Patterns for Hospitals and Implications for Bundled Payment Initiatives. Healthcare, 2(3), 190-195.
Abby Alpert, Mark Duggan, and Judith Hellerstein (2013). Perverse Reverse Price Competition: Average Wholesale Prices and Medicaid Pharmaceutical Spending. Journal of Public Economics, 108, 44-62.
Abby Alpert, Kristy Morganti, Gregg Margolis, Jeffrey Wasserman, and Arthur Kellermann (2013). Giving EMS Flexibility in Transporting Low-Acuity Patients Could Generate Substantial Medicare Savings, Health Affairs, 32(12), 2142-2148.
Kristy Morganti, Abby Alpert, Gregg Margolis, Jeffrey Wasserman, and Arthur Kellermann (2013). Should Payment Policy be Changed to Allow a Wider Range of EMS Transport Options? Annals of Emergency Medicine, 63(5), 615-626.
Kristy Morganti, Abby Alpert, Gregg Margolis, Jeffrey Wasserman, and Arthur Kellermann (2013). The State of Innovative Emergency Medical Service Programs in the United States. Prehospital Emergency Care, 18(1), 76-85.
David Auerbach, Peter Huckfeldt, Peter Hussey, Abby Alpert, Hangsheng Liu, Victoria Shier, Christopher Lau, Mark Totten, and Ateev Mehrotra (2013). IOM Committee on Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending and Promotion of High-Value Care: A Modeling of Policy Recommendations. RAND Working Paper WR-970-IOM.
Mireille Jacobson, Abby Alpert, and Fabian Duarte (2012). Prescription Drug Shortages: Reconsidering the Role of Medicare Payment Policies. Health Affairs Blog.