Mireille Jacobson

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Adjunct Senior Economist
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in economics, Harvard University; B.A. in economics, University of Chicago


Mireille Jacobson is an adjunct senior health economist at the RAND Corporation. She is also an associate professor of economics and public policy at The Paul Merage School of Business and a research associate in the health care program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her current research focuses broadly on access to timely and appropriate health care, hospital behavior, and the impact of Medicare payment policies on physician treatment decisions and patient outcomes. Jacobson received her B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D., also in economics, from Harvard University.

Recent Projects

  • The Impact of Medicare on Financial Risk
  • The Effect of Medicare Reimbursement Policy on Cancer Treatment

Selected Publications

M. Jacobson and H. Royer, "Aftershocks: The Impact of Clinic Violence on Abortion Services," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2010 (forthcoming)

M. Jacobson, Craig C. Earle, Mary Price, and Joseph P. Newhouse, "How Medicare's Payment Cuts for Cancer Chemotherapy Drugs Changed Patterns of Treatment," Health Affairs, 29(7):1394-1402, 2010

T. Buchmueller and M. Jacobson, "Can Private Companies Contribute to Public Outreach Efforts? Evidence from California," Health Affairs, 26(2):538-548, 2007

K. Baicker and M. Jacobson, "Finders Keepers: Forfeiture Laws, Policing, and Local Budgets," Journal of Public Economics, 91(11-12):2113-2136, 2007

M. Jacobson, A. James O'Malley, Craig C. Earle, Peter Gaccione, Juliana Pakes, and Joseph P. Newhouse, "Does Reimbursement Influence Chemotherapy Treatment for Cancer Patients," Health Affairs, 25(2):437-443, 2006

T. Buchmueller, M. Jacobson and C. Wold, "How Far to the Hospital? The Effect of Hospital Closures on Access to Care," Journal of Health Economics, 25(4):740-761, 2006

M. Jacobson, "Baby Booms and Drug Busts: Trends in Youth Drug Use in the United States," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 119(4):1481-1512, 2004

M. Jacobson, "Drug Testing in the Trucking Industry: The Effect on Highway Safety," Journal of Law and Economics, 46(1):131-156, 2003


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    Prescription Drug Shortages: Reconsidering the Role of Medicare Payment Policies

    The focus on the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) as a primary cause of prescription drug shortages is premature and may deflect attention away from identifying other potentially more important causes, write Mireille Jacobson, Abby Alpert, and Fabian Duarte.

    May 30, 2012 Health Affairs Blog