Michael Dworsky

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

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Michael (Misha) Dworsky is an 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 has led numerous studies on disability benefits and earnings losses for injured workers in the State of California; his current research on workers' compensation also includes an examination of how the lack of a coverage mandate affects the Texas workers' compensation market, and how workers in alternative work arrangements (such as temporary or contract workers) fare after workplace injuries. Dworsky has conducted several studies evaluating the consequences of the Affordable Care Act for low-income adults, hospital utilization, state finances, and the Veterans Health Administration. He is currently working with All-Payer Claims Databases from several states to study the causes and consequences of transitions in health care coverage. Dworsky received his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 2013.

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, Denise D. Quigley, Stephanie Rennane, Madeline B. Doyle, Evaluation of the Return-to-Work Fund in California's Workers' Compensation System: Performance to Date and Options for Modification, RAND Corporation (RR-2548), 2018

Michael Dworsky, Nicholas Broten, How Can Workers' Compensation Systems Promote Occupational Safety and Health? Stakeholder Views on Policy and Research Priorities, RAND Corporation (RR-2566), 2018

Michael Dworsky, Carrie M. Farmer, Mimi Shen, Veterans' Health Insurance Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act and Implications of Repeal for the Department of Veterans Affairs, RAND Corporation (RR-1955), 2017

Teryl Nuckols, Craig Conlon, Michael Robbins, Michael Dworsky, Julie Lai, Carol P. Roth, Barbara Levitan, Seth Seabury, Rachana Seelam, and Steven M. Asch, "Quality of Care for Work-Associated Carpal Tunnel Syndrome," Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 59(1), 2017

Michael Dworsky, Stephanie Rennane, Nicholas Broten, Wage Loss Monitoring for Injured Workers in California's Workers' Compensation System: 2013 Injury Year Findings (First Interim Report), RAND Corporation (RR-2572), 2018

Gary Pickens, Zeynal Karaca, Eli Cutler, Michael Dworsky, Christine Eibner, Brian Moore, Teresa Gibson, Sharat Iyer, Herbert S. Wong, "Changes in Hospital Inpatient Utilization Following the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Coverage Expansion," Health Services Research, 53(4), 2018

Michael Dworsky, Seth A. Seabury, Frank W. Neuhauser, Ujwal Kharel, Roald Euller, Benefits and Earnings Losses for Permanently Disabled Workers in California: Trends Through the Great Recession and Impacts of Recent Reforms, RAND Corporation (RR-1229), 2016

Michael Dworsky, Christine Eibner, The Effect of the 2014 Medicaid Expansion on Insurance Coverage for Newly Eligible Childless Adults, RAND Corporation (RR-1736-RWJF), 2016


  • 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