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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.

Xuanhao He is a postdoctoral fellow for the Health Policy Program. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of New Mexico. He is an applied microeconomist with interests in health and public economics. His work covers health insurance, payment, and health. He currently studies the impact of provider and prescription payment on health insurance enrollment and health in the context of Medicaid. He is also interested in health plan choices among marketplace insurance enrollees.


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.