Rowan Family Foundation Professor
Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy
Professor of Health Care Management
Department Chair, Business Economics and Public Policy
Faculty Director, Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative
Research Interests: crime, disability insurance, health economics, health insurance, medicaid, medicare, pharmaceutical sector, public finance, social security
Mark Duggan is a Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy and a Professor of Health Care Management at Wharton. He is also the Faculty Director of the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering at M.I.T. in 1992 and 1994, respectively, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1999. He currently is a Co-Editor at the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy and at the Journal of Public Economics.
Professor Duggan's research focuses primarily on the effect of government expenditure programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid on the behavior of individuals and firms. Some of his more recent research is exploring the contribution of market structure to the rise in health insurance premiums and the effect of physician financial incentives on the cost and quality of health care. His research has been published in leading academic journals including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics and has been featured in outlets such as The Economist, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
Professor Duggan was the 2010 recipient of the ASHEcon Medal, which is awarded every two years by the American Society of Health Economists to the economist aged 40 and under in the U.S. who has made the most significant contributions to the field of health economics. Along with his co-author Fiona Scott Morton, he received the National Institute for Health Care Management's 2011 Health Care Research Award for their work on Medicare Part D. He was a Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation from 2004 to 2006 and a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution from 2006 to 2007.
Professor Duggan served from 2009 to 2010 as the Senior Economist for Health Care Policy at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He has been a Consultant and Expert Witness for the U.S. Department of Justice and served as an Advisory Board Member for McKinsey's Center for U.S. Health System Reform. He recently testified before the Social Security Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means about the urgency of improving work incentives in the Social Security Disability Insurance program.