Erin Audrey Taylor

Erin Audrey Taylor
Senior Policy Researcher
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in health economics, University of Pennsylvania; M.S.P.H., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; B.A. in economics, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Media Resources

This researcher is available for interviews.

To arrange an interview, contact the RAND Office of Media Relations at (310) 451-6913, or email

More Experts


Erin Taylor (she/her) is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research addresses a broad range of health care insurance, prescription drug, and care quality issues, including the impact of insurance benefit design on use of opioids and specialty drugs. Taylor is currently co-project–director of the evaluation of the Medicare Part D Senior Savings Model and is the quantitative task lead for the evaluation of the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design model test. She is also leading a project that will convene a stakeholder panel to assess the different policy options to constrain specialty drug spending. Finally, she is coinvestigator on a large NIH grant evaluating the effects of state policies on opioid prescribing patterns. She has conducted qualitative and quantitative research with health care administrators and national claims data. In the course of this work, Taylor has composed interview discussion guides, constructed and analyzed datasets from claims and encounter data, and analyzed qualitative interview results and quantitative findings. She has also conducted cross-sectional analyses of quality measures using large administrative datasets. 

Taylor received her Ph.D. in health economics from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.S.P.H. from the University of North Carolina. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she worked in the Office of Legislation within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.