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Health Policy

The health policy program will continue to showcase the strengths of the Murphy Institute by harnessing the expertise of the Health Policy Working Group, with the goal of producing interdisciplinary research that addresses critical healthcare policy issues. The working group has already established a network of professionals from Tulane’s uptown and downtown campuses who are beginning to collaborate on research projects.

Mary Olson is an Associate Professor of Economics at Tulane and leader of the Health Policy Working Group. Professor Olson’s teaching and research interests include health economics, the political economy of health policy, regulation, and the study of bureaucracy. She is an expert on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation. Her current research interests include studying the regulatory and firm-specific determinants of drug safety.

Abraham Asfaw is a postdoctoral fellow for the Health Policy Program. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Northern Illinois University in 2017. His research focuses on the intersection of health, labor, and development economics. His recent work examines the effects of prescription drug insurance on older patients’ health behaviors and the long-term, intergenerational effects of early exposure to health shocks. Currently, he is evaluating the moral hazard and cost-saving effects of cost sharing in prescription drug insurance.


The Murphy Institute

Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), the Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.