Michael Dworsky

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Associate Economist
Santa Monica Office


B.A. in economics, philosophy, Williams College; Ph.D. in economics, Stanford University


Michael (Misha) Dworsky is an associate economist at the RAND Corporation. His primary research interests are in health economics, labor economics, public finance, and the economics of insurance. Much of his work at RAND is centered on Workers' Compensation and Health Insurance. He led a study for the state of California that estimated how the Great Recession affected earnings losses for workers with permanently disabling occupational injuries and evaluated how the business cycle affects the adequacy of permanent disability benefits in Workers' Compensation. He is also studying how the quality of occupational health care affects return to work and other economic outcomes for workers with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In addition to research on workers' compensation and occupational health, Dworsky is leading a study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation evaluating the impact of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion on insurance coverage, access to care, and health among low-income adults. He also conducts methodological research on causal inference and the use of survey data to measure health status. Dworsky received his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

Recent Projects

  • Coverage, Access, and Health Effects of the ACA Medicaid Expansion
  • Benefits and Earnings Losses for Permanently Disabled Workers in California
  • Workers' Compensation Leaders Research Colloquium
  • Three Policy Briefs on TRIA Reauthorization
  • Assessment of Policy Options for Workplace Safety and Health Improvements

Selected Publications

Michael Dworsky, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Workers' Compensation Leaders Research Colloquium, December 11, 2014: Proceedings, RAND Corporation (CF-333), 2015

Michael Dworsky, Lloyd Dixon, The Impact on Workers' Compensation Insurance Markets of Allowing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act to Expire, RAND Corporation (RR-643), 2014


  • Patient filling out forms in a doctor's office

    Can a Continuous Coverage Requirement Produce a Healthy Insurance Market?

    A continuous coverage requirement is intended to discourage individuals from waiting until they become sick to purchase insurance. Such a requirement works well in theory to maintain a healthy marketplace, but there is little evidence on how well it might work in practice.

    Jan 4, 2017 The Hill

  • The Tribute in Light is illuminated on the skyline of New York's Lower Manhattan as people look across the Hudson River in Jersey City, September 11, 2013

    3 Terrorism Risk Insurance Act Facts for Congress to Consider

    With the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act set to expire this year, Congress is currently revisiting a crucial question: What is the appropriate government role in terrorism insurance markets? As the debate unfolds on Capitol Hill, policymakers should consider three key research findings.

    Jun 12, 2014 U.S. News & World Report