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2021 ASHEcon Board of Directors Voting Guidelines and Nominees

Kate Bundorf is the candidate for President-Elect and David Dranove is the candidate for Treasurer.  Both are running unopposed. There are three candidates for one position on the Board of Directors: W. David Bradford, Elena Falcettoni, and Deborah Haas-Wilson.

Open Positions:
President- Elect
Board of Directors – 1 position

Voting is limited to current ASHEcon Members – one member, one vote. Once your unique Voter ID is used, it cannot be used again. Your assigned Secure Voter ID, which was sent to you via e-mail, will be utilized to validate your ballot.

Vote by Monday, June 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

How to Vote

Voting is limited to current ASHEcon Members – one member, one vote. Once the Voter ID is used, it cannot be used again. Your assigned Secure Voter ID, will be sent to you via e-mail, will be utilized to validate your ballot.

If you don’t receive a ballot and you are a current member, do not hesitate to email Leslie Ofori at 

Candidate Bios


Unopposed; serves a 1-year term, automatically becomes ASHEcon President after the 2022 Annual Conference.

Kate Bundorf, Sanford School of Public Policy and Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy – Duke University

Professor Bundorf is the S. Malcom Gillis Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at Duke University.  Her research focuses on health policy and the economics of health care systems. She has studied public and private health insurance markets, the organization of health care providers, and consumer decision making in health care. Prior to joining the faculty at Duke, Professor Bundorf was an associate professor of health research and policy at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Bundorf received her MBA and MPH from The University of California at Berkeley and her PhD from The Wharton School. She was a Fulbright Lecturer at Fudan School of Public Health in Shanghai, China during 2009 and 2010. Her research has been published in leading economic and health policy journals and has received funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute for Health Care Management and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She received the 13th Annual Health Care Research Award from The National Institute for Health Care Management in 2007. Professor Bundorf has been ASHEcon Treasurer since 2018, and has served on the board since 2016.

You can view her CV here:


Unopposed; serves a 4-year term

David Dranove, Kellogg School of Management – Northwestern University

David Dranove is the Walter McNerney Distinguished Professor of Health Industry Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he is also Professor of Strategy.  He was previously Director of the Health Enterprise Management program. He has a PhD in Economics from Stanford University.

Professor Dranove’s research focuses on problems in industrial organization and business strategy with an emphasis on the health care industry.  He has published nearly 100 research articles and book chapters and written five books, including The Economic Evolution of American Healthcare and Code Red. His textbook, The Economics of Strategy, is used by leading business schools around the world.  His latest book: Big Med: Megaproviders and the High Cost of American Healthcare co-authored  Robert Burns will be published later this year by University of Chicago Press. Professor Dranove regularly consults with leading healthcare organizations in the public and private sector and has served on the Executive Committee and Board  of Directors of the Health Care Cost Institute.  He has also served as the lead economics expert in several high profile healthcare antitrust cases, including FTC v. St. Luke’s Healthcare System and U.S. v. Anthem and Cigna. 

You can view his CV here:

Board of Directors

One person will be elected for a 4-year term.

W. David Bradford, Ph.D., is a health economist and the George D. Busbee Chair in Public Policy in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia.  Prior to joining UGA, he was the Director and founder of the Center for Health Economic and Policy Studies at the Medical University of South Carolina, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of New Hampshire.  He has also been visiting (sabbatical) professor at Yale Medical School and the Talbott Visiting Professor in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Bradford’s research ranges across diverse fields, including substance use policy, pharmaceutical policy (advertising, drug pricing, and off-label prescribing), housing instability, and the role that time and risk preferences play in individual decision making.  Currently, a significant portion of his research efforts involves understanding the impact of cannabis and opioid policies on health behaviors and outcomes. In addition, he has active research projects with several coauthors investigating the interrelationship between landlord-tenant policies, eviction, and homelessness – and how those outcomes impact deaths of despair.  

With respect to professional service, Dr. Bradford serves or has served multiple editorial roles.  Currently, he is Co-Editor for Health Economics, and is an Associate Editor for Implementation Research and Practice. He also serves on the oversight boards of two annual conferences (the Annual Health Economics Conference and the Southeastern Health Economics Study Group). In the past he gas served two terms as a Board Member for the International Health Economics Association. Finally, Dr. Bradford frequently provides expert witness testimony in health care related litigation, and has been a member of multiple National Institutes of Health study sections in permanent and ad hoc roles.

You can view his CV here:

Dr. Elena Falcettoni is a Ph.D. Economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Board”), where she works in the Payment System Studies section within the division of Reserve Bank Operations and Payment Systems. Dr. Falcettoni has been a member of the American Society of Health Economists since she was a Ph.D. candidate and has served on its scientific committee for its annual meeting for the last few years.

Her research utilizes industrial organization tools for demand and supply estimation to address questions relevant to health policy and inequality across the United States. In particular, Dr. Falcettoni’s work analyzes how physicians respond to monetary and non-monetary incentives and how different payment schemes impact the provision of health care in medically-underserved areas. Her research maintains an eye on the urban/rural divide in the United States, analyzing differences in behavior and in results along the urbanity index. Finally, Dr. Falcettoni has some joint work providing a novel measure of living standards across states in the United States as well as other joint work analyzing the use of manufactured housing as a solution to the affordable-housing issue. Her work has been presented in several conferences and seminars around the world and featured in the media multiple times.

For her policy work at the Board, Dr. Falcettoni leads data collections and analyzes industry trends in the debit card industry to provide key insights which inform policy-making decisions. Dr. Falcettoni is also an Affiliate Scholar at the Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute (HHEI). She collaborates with HHEI on policy briefs and she is one of the mentors for the pilot Women in Economics program in collaboration with the Department of Economics at the University of Minnesota. At the Board, she is a strong promoter of mentoring activities between economists and research assistants and she is expanding her role within the DC chapter of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession.

Prior to joining the Board, Dr. Falcettoni earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota, where she also obtained her M.A. in Economics. She also holds a M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Finance from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy), where she graduated at the top of her class.

You can view her CV here:

Deborah Haas-Wilson is the Marilyn Carlson Nelson Professor of Economics at Smith College.  She has been a member of ASHEcon since its inception, served on its initial advisory board, and has fond memories of twisting colleagues’ arms to present their research at the first conference of the then unknown ASHE in 2006 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Professor Haas-Wilson’s research focuses on competition, competition policies, and regulatory policies in health care markets.  For example, she has studied the impact of hospital mergers on prices, the impact of healthcare providers’ reputations on referral patterns, the price and quality effects of tying requirements and commercial practice regulations, and the effects of Medicaid funding restrictions and state regulations on 1) the availability of abortion providers and 2) minors’ access to abortion services. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Political EconomyJournal of Economic PerspectivesJournal of Law and EconomicsReview of Economics and StatisticsJournal of Health Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and other peer-reviewed journals. She is the author of Managed Care and Monopoly Power: The Antitrust Challenges (Harvard University Press, 2003) and co-editor of Uncertain Times: Kenneth Arrow and the Changing Economics of Health Care (Duke University Press, 2003).

Professor Haas-Wilson was a recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.  She is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Health Economics and a member of Board of Directors at the Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare—University of California, Berkeley.  She was a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School (2014-2016) and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California—Berkeley (2019).

Twice Professor Haas-Wilson has participated as a mentor for female junior faculty in health economics at the CSWEP CeMENT workshops following the ASSA meetings.

Professor Haas-Wilson has served as an economic expert on antitrust issues for the Massachusetts Attorney General, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in multiple matters, including Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Corporation, and numerous private entities.   For example, she testified in Federal District Court in Idaho on behalf of the private plaintiffs in their successful challenge to St. Luke’s Health System’s acquisition of the largest independent physician practice.  Since 2013, she has been the liability expert for the healthcare provider plaintiffs in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation challenging the agreements between the Blue Plans and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association to divide markets and fix the prices paid to healthcare facilities and professionals.

You can view her university profile here: