Gail Wilensky Collegiate Professorship in Applied Economics and Public PolicyInaugural Lecture

Personalizing Healthcare with Economics

a Presentation

Amanda Kowalski

Thursday, 9/13/2018, 4:00pm.   ARCHIVED EVENT

Location: Foster Library, 265 Lorch Hall, 611 Tappan Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Experiments and clinical trials are the "gold standard'' for evidence in economics and medicine. It is straightforward to analyze them to determine the average impact of a treatment. However, even if a treatment helps patients on average, it is much more difficult to determine if it will help all patients equally. Using methods from economics, I re-analyze data from experiments and clinical trials with the goal of personalizing recommendations. As an economist, I take into account not only whether the recommendations are sound, but also who will follow them.

For questions, contact Julie Sparkman at or 734.615.6667.


Dr. Kowalski is a health economist who specializes in bringing together theoretical models and econometric techniques to analyze key health policy questions. Her recent work focuses on designing policies to target insurance expansions and medical treatments to individuals who will benefit from them the most.

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