Seth A. Seabury

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Adjunct Economist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in economics, Columbia University

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Seth Seabury is an adjunct economist at the RAND Corporation. His research focuses on law and health care policy, with a particular emphasis on efforts to improve the medical malpractice and workers' compensation systems. Seabury has led or co-led numerous studies on the California workers' compensation system that have been central to several reform efforts and been cited in state legislation. He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and an associate editor for the International Review of Law and Economics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.

Selected Publications

Seabury, Seth A., Amitabh Chandra, Darius Lakdawalla, and Anupam Jena, "Defense Costs of Medical Malpractice Claims," New England Journal of Medicine, 366(14):1354-1356, 2012

Jena, Anupam, Seabury, Seth A., Lakdawalla, Darius and Amitabh Chandra, "Malpractice Risk According to Physician Specialty," New England Journal of Medicine, 365(7):629-636, 2011

Gailey, Adam and Seth A. Seabury "The Impact of Employment Protection on Workers Disabled by Workplace Injuries," in Daniel P. Kessler, Regulation vs. Litigation, Unversity of Chicago Press, 2011

Seabury, Seth A., Reville, Robert T., Williamson, Stephanie, McLaren, Christopher F., Gailey, Adam H., Wilke, Elizabeth and Frank W. Neuhauser., Workers' Compensation Reform and Return to Work: The California Experience, RAND Corporation (MG-1035), 2011

Philipson, Tomas, Seabury, Seth A., Lockwood, Lee, Goldman, Dana and Darius Lakdawalla, "Geographic Variation in Health Care: The Role of Private Markets," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 2010

Bhattacharya, Jayanta, Neuhauser, Frank, Reville, Robert T. and Seth A. Seabury, "Evaluating Permanent Disability Ratings Using Empirical Data on Earnings Losses," Journal of Risk and Insurance, 77(1):231-260, 2009

Lakdawalla, Darius, Reville, Robert T., and Seth A. Seabury, "How Does Health Insurance Affect Workers' Compensation Filing?" Economic Inquiry, 45(2), 2007

Seabury, Seth A., Nicholas M. Pace and Robert T. Reville, "Forty Years of Civil Jury Verdicts," Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 1(1), 2004