NBER Reporter: Winter 2000/2001

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NBER Profile: Donald R. Davis

Donald R. Davis is a professor of economics at Columbia University and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in 1992.

Davis was an assistant professor in Harvard University's economics department from 1992-6 and an associate professor there from 1996-9. He joined the Columbia faculty as a professor of economics in 1999. His fields of interest are international trade and economic development in the open economy.

Davis's research has been published in a number of journals, such as the American Economic Review and the Journal of Political Economy, including one paper selected for the book "Outstanding Contributions in Economics: International Trade." He also serves as associate editor of the Journal of International Economics.

Davis spends his free time with his six-year-old daughter, Olivia, who instructs him in the ways of the world.


NBER Profile: Richard G. Frank

Richard G. Frank is the Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received his B.A. degree from Bard College and his Ph.D. in economics from Boston University.

Dr. Frank's research falls into three general areas: 1) the economics of mental health care; 2) the economics of the pharmaceutical industry; and 3) the organization and financing of physician group practices. In addition to his research and teaching, he serves on the Advisory Council of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and on the Biobehavioral Sciences Board of the Institute of Medicine. He also advises several state mental health and substance abuse agencies on issues related to managed care and financing of care.

Dr. Frank is a member of the Institute of Medicine and served as a Commissioner on the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission from 1989 to 1994. He was also a member of President Clinton's Health Care Reform Task Force in 1993.

Frank lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. He is married and has two sons, ages 12 and 14. He is an avid skier and soccer player, he coaches youth soccer, and he collects primitive art, an interest acquired during his Peace Corps service in Botswana.

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