Laurence Baker

Professor, Department of Health Research and Policy
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Laurence Baker, Ph.D., is Professor of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University.  He serves as Chief of Health Services Research at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and has been appointed Fellow of the Center for Health Policy at Stanford University and Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA.  He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Stanford University Department of Economics, and directs the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Scholarly Concentrations Program, which provides research and scholarship opportunities for medical students.  Professor Baker has been the recipient of the ASHE Medal from the American Society of Health Economists, the Alice S. Hersh Young Investigator Award from AcademyHealth, and the National Institute for Health Care Management’s research prize.  He serves on the boards of directors of AcademyHealth, the International Health Economics Association, and the American Society of Health Economists.  He also serves as Senior Associate Editor for the journal Health Services Research, and is an editorial board member of Medical Care Research and Review.  Professor Baker received his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University in 1994 and his B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Calvin College in 1990.
Professor Baker’s research applies economic and statistical analysis to challenges facing the health care system and health policy.  He is the author of numerous works on the effects of financial incentives and organizational structures on the delivery of health care and health care spending, including extensive work on technological change in medicine and work on managed care and its effects.  Some of his recent work examines physician ownership of medical equipment and technologies. He also is actively studying changes in physician practice sizes and structures and their effects on prices and quality of medical care.   
Discipline: Economics
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