2016, No. 3
NBER Profile: Leemore Dafny
Leemore Dafny is the MBA Class of 1960 Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Dafny is also a research associate in the NBER's Aging and Health Care Programs.
Dafny served as the Deputy Director for Healthcare and Antitrust in the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission from 2012-13 and currently serves on the Panel of Health Advisers for the Congressional Budget Office. She heads the "New Marketplace" initiative for the New England Journal of Medicine's Catalyst, an interdisciplinary multimedia platform to develop and disseminate ideas to improve the functioning of health care systems. Dafny also serves on the editorial boards of the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy and the American Journal of Health Economics. She is a board member of the American Society of Health Economists and the Health Care Cost Institute.
Dafny graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and earned her Ph.D. in economics from MIT. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty in 2016, Dafny was the Director of Health Enterprise Management and Professor of Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. At Kellogg, Professor Dafny won several teaching awards as well as Kellogg's leading research prize, the Stanley Reiter Best Paper award.
Dafny's research examines competitive interactions among payers and providers of health care services, and the intersection of industry and public policy. Current projects include studies of consolidation in the U.S. hospital industry and the kidney dialysis industry, products and pricing on the public health insurance exchanges, copayment coupons for prescription drugs, and the implications of for-profit ownership of insurance companies.
Having recently relocated to Newton, Massachusetts, from the Chicago area, Dafny and her family spend their weekends rediscovering New England and embarking on numerous home improvement projects.