Seth A. Seabury

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Adjunct Economist
Santa Monica Office

Education

Ph.D., M.A. in economics, Columbia University; B.A. in economics, Kenyon College

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Overview

Seth Seabury is an adjunct economist at the RAND Corporation, and an associate professor at the Keck School of Medicine and the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California. He is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Seabury's work examines the impact of health on productivity and how legal and regulatory policy impact health care delivery and patient outcomes. His research has been published in leading medical and health policy journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and has been featured in major media outlets. His work on the impact of medical malpractice on physician behavior was used by the Congressional Budget Office to estimate the impact of tort reform on health care costs. Seabury has testified to the U.S. Congress about earnings losses experienced by permanently disabled workers, and helped the State of California design and implement a new $150 million per year benefit program for injured workers. His research has been funded by the National Institutes for Health, the Institute of Medicine, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the California Department of Industrial Relations, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Previously at RAND, Seabury was a senior economist, associate director of the Center for Health and Safety in the Workplace, and a professor of economics at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Seabury 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, University 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

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