Ph.D., Harvard University
Economics of health policy and health care financing, economics of mental health, disability studies, economics and behavior of nonprofit organizations
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David Salkever is Professor of Public Policy. He received his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard where his thesis research topic was the economics of hospital costs. After serving two years in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, he joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. During his tenure at Johns Hopkins, he served from 1983 to 1994 as the Director of the School's Interdepartmental Program in Public Health Economics. He also served as a Professor with appointments in the Department of Health Policy and Management, the Department of Economics, and the Department of Mental Health. Since 1981 he has also served as a Research Associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Over the past three decades, he has conducted research on a wide variety of topics relating to health policy, including the determinants and regulation of hospital cost inflation, access to health care for the urban poor, economic impacts of children's disabilities, and charity care and other public benefit activities of non-profit hospitals. His most recent research efforts have included studies on the economics of pharmaceuticals and their pricing, labor market impacts of severe mental disorders, and the costs and effectiveness of treatment and rehabilitation interventions for severe mental disorders. Publications from several of these research projects have resulted in awards from major professional organizations.
Prof. Salkever has also been active as a consultant an advisor to many public agencies. These include the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission, the Maryland Health Care Commission, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research.