Dana P. Goldman

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Affiliated Adjunct Staff; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in economics, Stanford University; B.A. in economics, Cornell University

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Dana P. Goldman was the founding director of the Bing Center for Health Economics at RAND and director of the RAND Roybal Center for Health Policy Simulation. He is a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Goldman's research interests combine applied microeconomics and medical issues, with a special interest in the role that medical technology and health insurance play in determining health-related outcomes. Goldman received his B.A. in economics from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

Recent Projects

  • Understanding How Cost-Sharing Affects Use of Specialty Drugs
  • Education, Self-Management, and Adherence
  • An Investigation of the Viatical Settlements Market
  • Public Policy and Pharmaceutical Innovation Around the World

Selected Publications

Darius Noshir Lakdawalla et al., "HIV Breakthroughs and Risky Sexual Behavior," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 121(3), 2006

D. Goldman et al., "Consequences of Health Trends and Medical Innovation for the Elderly of the Future," Health Affairs [Web exclusive], 2005

D. Goldman and J. Smith, "Socioeconomic Differences in the Adoption of New Medical Technologies," American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 95(2), 2005

D. P. Goldman et al., "Pharmacy Benefits and the Use of Drugs by the Chronically Ill," Journal of the American Medical Association, 291(19), 2004

E. Keeler et al., "Can Medical Savings Accounts for the Nonelderly Reduce Health Care Costs?" Journal of the American Medical Association, 275(21), 1996

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: ABC; Bloomberg News; Boston Globe; CBS; CNN; The Economist; HealthDay.com; NBC; USA Today; Wall Street Journal

Commentary: Los Angeles Times; Press-Enterprise; United Press International


  • Fix the Healthcare System (and Fight the Recession, Too)

    A little-known proposition amid the highly charged health care debate is that properly controlling health care spending could generate economic growth equal to 1 percent of gross domestic product, write Dana Goldman and Neeraj Sood.

    Aug 21, 2009 CNN.com

  • Improve Health, Not the Health Care System

    One reason that health reform proposals always seem to fail is that proponents promise too much. Reformers declare they will improve quality, lower costs and increase access — all at the same time. This mantra is repeated so often that the public tends to believe it is possible, when really it isn't, writes Dana P. Goldman.

    Jun 23, 2009 NYTimes.com

  • Limiting Treatment to Those Who Need It

    The United States will produce more than $14 trillion worth of goods and services this year—truly an astonishing amount. But equally astonishing is that one out of every six of these dollars will go to health care. This is the source of much hand-wringing by policy makers. They worry that we cannot afford to spend so much, and that our national output will suffer as a result. They have it backwards.

    Apr 29, 2009 KQED online

  • A Better Way to Pay for Prescriptions

    The pricing plans most people choose for their cell phones are simple: Pay one price and talk as much as you want. What if paying for your prescription drugs were as easy and appealing?, writes Dana P. Goldman.

    Apr 19, 2008 Providence Journal

  • The HSA Mirage

    Published commentary by RAND staff: The HSA Mirage, in United Press International.

    Feb 20, 2006 United Press International

  • Pressure from Rising Health-Care Costs: How Can Consumers Get Relief?

    Published commentary by RAND staff: Pressure from Rising Health-Care Costs: How Can Consumers Get Relief? in Press-Enterprise.

    Oct 23, 2005 Press-Enterprise

  • Health Costs of Katrina

    "Published commentary by RAND staff: Health Costs of Katrina in United Press International.

    Oct 11, 2005 United Press International

  • Take Two Aspirin and Call Congress

    Adding a flexible drug benefit to Medicare would bring costs down, say Dana Goldman and Geoffrey Joyce in an LA Times commentary.

    Dec 11, 2002 Los Angeles Times

  • A Third-and Better-Way for Prescription-Drug Coverage

    Implementing a modest catastrophic benefit with low-income subsidies would provide valuable insurance to the Medicare population. It also would provide a fiscally prudent alternative, allowing policymakers to better gauge future program costs and beneficiary behavior.

    Nov 5, 2000 Los Angeles Times