Edward Norton, Ph.D.

Edward Norton
Public HealthHealth Management and Policy


Dr. Norton’s research interests in health economics include long-term care and aging, obesity, and applied econometrics. He has studied how nursing home reimbursement affects quality and cost of care, the extent of adverse selection and the bequest motive in the private long-term care insurance market, and the behavioral effect of Medicaid long-term care insurance on residents who enter a nursing home as private payers.

  • Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • A.B., Economics, Princeton University

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What are you thinking about?

Similar patients with the same disease or medical condition often receive vastly different treatment in our current health care system.

What are the practical implications for healthcare?

The challenge today in health services research is figuring out how to use this variation, which is not due to a randomized controlled trial (RCT), and identify natural experiments to determine which treatments are most effective.

Why is this interesting to you?

As an economist, I am excited about the prospect of using modern econometrics to study clinical questions that cannot be addressed with RCTs.

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