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Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Economics, Stanford University

The Department of Economics at Stanford University invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral scholar position. This postdoctoral fellowship will enable a researcher to investigate the factors that influence the pricing of pharmaceutical treatments in the U.S. to treat cancer. The researcher will collaborate with Abby Alpert (U-Penn), Mireille Jacobson (USC), and Mark Duggan (Stanford) with this research building on our earlier work in this general area. Particular attention will be paid to the impact of the Medicare program through both Part B and Part D reimbursement and regulations.

The researcher will utilize large-scale survey and administrative data for this empirically oriented research. The primary goal will be to investigate the effect of current and past government policies in this arena while shedding light on the likely effects of potential future reforms. We will investigate the effects on patient and physician behavior, access to treatments, pricing by manufacturers and other organizations in the health care sector, and innovation. The researcher will be expected to publish in leading economics, health economics, and health policy journals.

Required qualifications

  • Completed Doctoral degree between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2021 with quantitative training and research experience in economics, public policy, health policy, or a related field.
  • Strong skills in Stata or other statistical software packages
  • Very good oral and written communication skills in English
  • Knowledge of and research on the Medicare program, pharmaceutical pricing, and quasi-experimental methods a plus

Appointment term

2 years (negotiable) starting January 1, 2022


This position comes with competitive salary and benefits.

How to Submit Application Materials

Please apply by emailing a CV, cover letter, and one or two research papers to Mark Duggan’s executive assistant at with the subject line “Cancer treatment pricing post-doc application.” If you are invited to proceed to the next round, please arrange to send 2 or 3 letters of reference to this same email address. Review will be conducted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.