Date of Birth



U.S.; Israel









Ph.D., Economics, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York


B.A., Political Science, Queens College, CUNY

Professional Background


John R. Mannix Blue Cross & Blue Shield Associate Professor of Health Care Economics, Department of Economics, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University


Associate Director, Health Systems Management Center, Case Western Reserve University


Senior Fellow, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research


Research Associate, Health Policy Center, The Urban Institute


Economic Analyst: Population, Welfare and Human Resources Research Department, The World Bank


Adjunct Lecturer, Lehman College and Baruch College, The City University of New York


Military Service

Secondary Appointments\Honors


Visiting Faculty Public Policy Program, Hebrew University and Lady Davis Visiting Professor, Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School (intermittent months).

1999 (effective)

Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research


  1. Calem, Paul, Avi Dor , J. Rizzo "The Welfare Consequences of Mergers in the Hospital Industry", Journal of Economics and Business, 1998; in press.

  2. Hirth Richard, Philip Held, Avi Dor "Practice Patterns, Case-mix, Medicare Payment Policy and Dialysis Facility Costs, Health Services Research; in press.

  3. John E. Brooks, Avi Dor, and Herbert Wong, "The Impact of Physician Payments on Hospital-Insurer Bargaining in the US": in Governments and Health Systems, John Wiley and Sons; D. Chinitz and J. Cohen eds, 1998.

  4. Dor, Avi and Harry Watson "The Welfare Implications of Insurance Contracts in the "Mixed" For-Profit/Nonprofit Hospital Market", Southern Economic Journal, 64(3), January 1998.

  5. Dor, Avi, Sarah Q. Duffy, and Herbert Wong "Expense Preference Behavior and Contract-Management: Evidence from U.S. Hospitals, Southern Economic Journal, 64(2), October 1997.

  6. John E. Brooks, Avi Dor, and Herbert Wong , "The Hospital-Insurer Interaction as a Nash Bargaining Model: An Empirical Investigation of Appendectomy Pricing" Journal of Health Economics, Vol.16, No. 4, August 1997.

  7. Dor, Avi. "Review of Hospital Cost Analysis by J.R.G. Butler". Southern Economic Journal, 64(1) July 1997.

  8. Dor, Avi, and Sarah Q. Duffy. "Préférence pour le Dépense et Gestion Franchisée des Hopitaux", in Economie de la Santé: Trajectoires du Futur, ed. Stéphane Jacobzone, INSEE Méthodes No. 64-65, Paris, France, 1997.

  9. Dor, Avi, and Dean E. Farley "Payment Source and the Cost of Hospital Care: Inferences on Quality from a Multiproduct Cost Function," Journal of Health Economics, 15(1), 1996

  10. Dor, Avi, and Harry Watson "The Hospital-Physician Interaction in U.S. Hospitals: Evolving Payment Schemes and their Incentives," European Economic Review, 39, 1995.

  11. Dor, Avi "On Stochastic Frontiers and Non-Minimum Cost Functions for Health Care Providers," Journal of Health Economics, 13(3), 1994.

  12. Avi Dor and Bernard Friedman "Mergers and Acquisitions of Not-for-Profit Hospitals on the 1980’s: Who Were the Likely Targets?" Review of Industrial Organization, 9(3), 1994.

  13. Christine Bishop and Avi Dor "Urban-Rural Differences in Nursing Home Costs: Some Policy Implications," Inquiry, 31(2), Summer 1994.

  14. Dor, Avi "Contract-Managed Hospitals: Are They More Efficient?" AHCPR Research Notes 21, April 1994.

  15. Dor, Avi and Jacques van der Gaag. "Health Care Provider Choice in the Ivory Coast," in Anne Mills and Kenneth Lee (eds.), Health Economics Research in Developing Countries, Oxford University Press, 1993.

  16. Dor, Avi, Philip J. Held, and Mark V. Pauly. "The Medicare Costs of Renal Dialysis: Evidence from a Statistical Cost Function," Medical Care, 30(10), October 1992

  17. Holahan, John, Avi Dor, Steve Zuckerman. "Has PPS Increased Medicare Expenditures on Physicians?" Health Politics, Policy and Law, 16(2), Summer 1991.

  18. Bovbjerg, Randall R., F.A. Sloan, Avi Dor, C.R. Hsieh. "Juries and Justice: Are Malpractice and Other Personal Injury Cases Created Equal?" Law and Contemporary Problems, 54(1,2), Winter/Spring 1991.

  19. Dor, Avi and John Holahan. "Urban-Rural Differences on Medicare Physician Expenditures," Inquiry, 27(4), Winter 1990.

  20. Holahan, John, Avi Dor, and Stephen Zuckerman "Understanding Recent Growth in Medicare Physician Expenditures" Journal of the American Medical Association, 263(12), March 1990.

  21. Dor, Avi. "Can `One Country, Two Governments’ Resolve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict? Some Second Thoughts," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 8(4), no.4, 1989.

  22. Holahan, J., L.C. Dubay, G. Kenney, W.P. Welch, C. Bishop, and A. Dor "Should Medicare Compensate Hospitals for Administratively Necessary Days?" Milbank Memorial Fund Quarterly, vol. 67, no. 1, 1989.

  23. Dor, Avi. "The Costs of Medicare Patients in Nursing Homes in the United States: A Multiple-Output Analysis, Journal of Health Economics, 8(3), 1989.

  24. Dor, Avi, Paul Gertler, and Jacques van der Gaag. "Non-Price Rationing and the Choice of Medical Care Providers in Rural Côte d’Ivoire," Journal of Health Economics, 6(3), 1987.

  25. Dor, Avi, P. Gertler, L. Locay, W. Sanderson, and J. van der Gaag, "Health Care Financing and the Demand for Medical Care in Developing Countries," Living Standards Measurement Study, No. 37, Washington D.C.: The World Bank, 1987

  26. Dor, Avi and Jacques van der Gaag, "The Demand for Medical Care in Developing Countries: Quantity Rationing in Rural Côte d’Ivoire," Living Standards Measurement Study, No. 35, Washington D.C.: The World Bank, 1987


  1. "AIDS in Developing Countries: Cost Issues and Policy Trade-Offs," with M. Lewis, G. Kenney, and R. Dighe, Urban Institute Press: Washington DC, 1989.

  2. "The Multiple Sclerosis Fact Book: A Statistical Portrait" with S.L. Minden and W.D. Marder, Plenum Medical Publication: New York, New York, 1996.

Publications Pending Review

  1. Dor, Avi "Voluntary Health Organizations: Public Policy Issues (forthcoming book chapter, commissioned by the National Health Council).

  2. Dor, Avi and John Rizzo, "The Welfare Effects of Mergers in a Regulated Service Industry" (submitted to Journal of Business and Economics).

  3. Dor, Avi and Harry Watson "The Hospital-Physician Interaction as a Non-Cooperative Game: Is Free Riding All That Bad? (submitted to Journal of Economic Management and Strategy).

Papers and Projects in Progress

  1. "Costs and Outsourcing of Coronary Bypass Surgery" (with G. Rosenthal, MD)

  2. "Towards an Economic Theory of Health Maintenance Organizations" (with H. Watson)

  3. "An Empirical Investigation of Hospital Mergers and Financial Performances" (with B. Friedman).

Disseminated Reports and Working Papers

  1. "Medicare Assignment Rates in the Post-Participation Era: A Reduced Form Model," Urban Institute Discussion Paper No. 3839-02-03, 1989.

  2. "Medicare Physician Expenditures: Sorting Out the Reasons for Growth," with J. Holahan and S. Zuckerman, Urban Institute Working Paper No. 3650-06, 1989.

  3. "The Distribution of Health Care Consumption in Urban Côte d’Ivoire: Some Equity Considerations with Respect to Income and Age," with Saad Shire, Working Paper, The World Bank, 1987.

  4. "Production Functions and Cost Functions in Peruvian Hospitals," Washington D.C.: Pan-American Health Organization, Technical Seminar Series, 1986.

  5. "A Comparison of Health and Aging in Developing Countries: Did the Epidemiological Shift Really Happen?" Washington, D.C.: The World Bank, Living Standards Unit, Working Paper, 1985.



Microeconomics, BA; Health Economics, MBA, BA; Health Insurance, MBA.


Undergraduate courses in introductory economics, intermediate microeconomics, and public finance, City University of New York.

Executive Training


Executive trainer, AHCPR 12-state meeting of the Hospital Utilization and Costs Project, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Executive trainer, Health Care Financing and AIDS Workshop, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dominican Republic.


Executive trainer, Health Care Finance Workshop, U.S. Agency of International Development, Yamassoukro, Côte d’Ivoire.

Professional Service\Membership in Scientific Committees

1995 - present

Scientific Advisory Committee, United States Renal Dialysis System (National Institutes of Health).

1997 - present

Advisory Committee, International Commission for the Coordination of Dementia Guidelines

Current Grant Support:

  1. Co-investigator (10% effort 1998 – 1999):
    "Impact of Outsourcing VA Cardiac Surgery on the Cost and Quality of VA Care", Department of Veteran’s Affairs, ACC97004, $413,300 (10/1/97 - 3/31/2000)

  2. Co-Investigator (10% effort, 1998):
    "Biosynthetic Surfactants: A Novel Biominetic Surface To Reduce Intra
    Coronary Stent Complication". Whitaker Foundation, $662,837 (10/1/97 - 10/1/2000).

Conferences/Presentations (selected)


Presented "Policy Issues Facing Voluntary Health Organizations", National Health Council, Annual Conference.


Presented "The Hospital-Insurer Interaction as a Bargaining Game". University of Michigan, School of Public Health; Tel Aviv University, Applied Microeconomics Workshop.


Discussant, Bi-Annual Conference on Health Economics and Industrial Organization Boston University, Boston.


Presented "The Hospital-Physician Interaction in U.S. Hospitals: Background and Theoretical Insights" European Economic Association meetings, Netherlands


Discussant, Annual Health Economics Workshop, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


Chaired session "Regulation and Pricing in Health Care Markets." Presented "Rate Setting and Rationing of Medical Care in the Non-Profit Hospital". Southern Economic Association, New Orleans, LA.


Discussant (measures of hospital efficiency), American Economic Association Meetings, Anaheim, CA.


Chaired session "Hospital Markets in Transition." Presented "Contract Management, Administrative Costs, and Expense Preference Behavior in U.S. Hospitals". Southern Economic Association, Washington D.C.


Presented "Cost, Quality and Payment Source in Hospital Care: Inferences from a Multiproduct Cost Function," National Bureau of Economic Research, Summer Institute, Cambridge, MA.


Discussant (use of panel data in the estimation of hospital costs), Annual Health Economics Workshop, Johns Hopkins University.


Presented "Mergers and Acquisitions of Not-for-Profit Hospitals in the 1980’s" American Public Health Association Meetings, Atlanta, GA.


Presented "An Application of Nested Logit Models to Health Care Demand," Latin American Meetings of the Econometric Society, Argentina.

Journal Referee

Health Affairs; Inquiry; Journal of the American Medical Association; Journal of Health Economics; Journal of Human Resources; Journal of Rural Health Medical Care; Public Health Reports; Review of Industrial Organization; Review of Economics and Statistics; Social Science and Medicine.

Membership in Professional Organization


International Health Economics Association


American Public Health Association


American Economic Association

International Health Consulting


Designed workshop on cost-benefit analysis for European clinical use, International Commission for Alzheimer’s Guidelines.


Health Care Financing Module Proposal, USAID.


Review of health economics research in developing countries, Abt Associates.


Cost projections of child immunization projects in developing countries, John Snow, Inc. and USAID.


Cost-Benefit analysis of AIDS prevention, Jamaica, Ministry of Public Health and USAID.


Cost-Benefit analysis of a child health and nutrition program, Peru, Ministry of Health and USAID.


English, Hebrew, Spanish (conversational), Courses in Arabic and French



Technical Support to health care reform staff at Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Council of Economic Advisors, etc.


Coordinator, AHCPR Intramural Research Seminar Series.


Management of financial data bases of hospitals.


Member, various grant review panels, Prospective Payment Commission, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services