Frank A. Sloan
  • Frank A. Sloan

  • J. Alexander McMahon Professor of Health Policy and Management and Professor of Economics
  • Economics
  • 236 Social Sciences Building
  • Campus Box Box 90097
  • Phone: (919) 613-9358
  • Fax: (919) 681-7984
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Bio

    Frank Sloan is the J. Alexander McMahon Professor of Health Policy and Management and Professor of Economics at Duke University since 1993. He is the former Director of the Center for Health Policy, Law and Management at Duke (CHPLM) that originated in 1998. He holds faculty appointments in five departments at Duke, with Economics being his primary appointment. He did his undergraduate work at Oberlin College and received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

    Before joining the faculty at Duke in July 1993, he was a research economist at the Rand Corporation and served on the faculties of the University of Florida and Vanderbilt University. He was Chair of the Department of Economics at Vanderbilt from 1986-89. His current research interests include alcohol use and smoking prevention, long-term care, medical malpractice, and cost-effectiveness analyses of medical technologies. He also has a long-standing interest in hospitals, including regulation of hospitals, health care financing, and health manpower.

    Frank has served on several national advisory public and private groups. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and was formally a member of the Physician Payment Review Commission. He is the author of about 300 journal articles and book chapters and has coauthored and coedited about 20 books. Recently published books are Medical Malpractice (MIT Press, 2008, coauthored with L. Chepke) and Incentives and Choice in Health Care (MIT Press, 2008, co-edited with H. Kasper).
  • Other

    Course descriptions and syllabi

  • Specialties

    • Health Economics
    • Labor Economics / Economics of the Household
    • Behavioral Economics
  • Research Summary

    Health Policy, Physician Behavior, and Hospital Behavior
  • Research Description

    Professor Sloan is interested in studying the subjects of health policy and the economics of aging, hospitals, health, pharmaceuticals, and substance abuse. He has received funding from numerous research grants that he earned for studies of which he was the principal investigator. His most recent grants were awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Center for Disease Control, the Pew Charitable Trust, and the National Institute on Aging. Titles of his projects include, “Why Mature Smokers Do Not Quit,” “Legal and Economic Vulnerabilities of the Master Settlement Agreement,” “Determinants and Cost of Alcohol Abuse Among the Elderly and Near-elderly,” and “Reinsurance Markets and Public Policy.” He received the Investigator Award for his work on the project, “Reoccurring Crises in Medical Malpractice.” Some of his earlier works include the studies entitled, “Policies to Attract Nurses to Underserved Areas,” “The Impact of National Economic Conditions on the Health Care of the Poor-Access,” and “Analysis of Physician Price and Output Decisions.” Professor Sloan’s latest research continues to investigate the trends and repercussions of medical malpractice, physician behavior, and hospital behavior.
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Economics,
      • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts,
      • 1969
      • A.B. (high honors in Economics),
      • Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio,
      • 1964
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • NIH Merit Award,
      • September 2005
      • Listed in Who's Who in America,
      • 43rd and 44th editions,
      • April 2004
      • Who's Who in South and Southwest,
      • 21st Edition,
      • April 2004
      • U.S. Public Health Health Service Fellowship for Research Training in Medical Care,
      • 1966-1968
      • Harvard Fellowship,
      • 1965-1966
      • Summer Intern,
      • President's Council of Economic Advisors,
      • 1964
      • Woodrow Wilson National Fellow,
      • 1964-1965
  • Selected Publications

      • F.A. Sloan with L. Chepke.
      • (2008).
      • Medical Malpractice.
      • MIT Press.
      • F.A. Sloan, co-edited with H. Kasper.
      • (2008).
      • Incentives and Choice in Health Care.
      • MIT Press.
      • F.A. Sloan, co-edited with Hellen Gellband.
      • (2007).
      • Cancer Control Opportunities in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.
      • Washington: The National Academies Press.
      • F.A. Sloan, edited with C-R. Hsieh.
      • (2007).
      • Pharmaceutical Innovation: Incentives, Competition, and Cost-Benefit Analysis in International Perspective.
      • Cambridge University Press.
      • F.A. Sloan with L. Chepke.
      • (2007).
      • The Law and Economics of Public Health.
      • Now Publishers.
      • F.A. Sloan with J. Ostermann, G. Picone, C. Conover, and D.H. Taylor, Jr..
      • (2004).
      • The Price of Smoking.
      • MIT Press.
      • F.A. Sloan with V.K. Smith and D.H. Taylor, Jr..
      • (2003).
      • The Smoking Puzzle: Information, Risk Perception, and Choice.
      • Harvard University Press.
      • (Awarded Honorable Mention, Research Communication Award, July 2004 by the American Agricultural Economics Association)
      • F.A. Sloan with Stout, E., Whetten-Goldstein, K., and Liang, L..
      • (2000).
      • Drinkers, Drivers, and Bartenders: Balancing Private Choices and Public Accountability.
      • University of Chicago Press.
      • (1995).
      • Valuing Health Care: Costs, Benefits, and Effectiveness of Pharmaceuticals and Other Medical Technologies.
      • Cambridge: New York and Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
      • F.A. Sloan with A. Khwaja and Y. Wang.
      • (February, 2009).
      • Do Smokers Value their Health and Longevity Less?.
      • Journal of Law Economics
      • ,
      • 52
      • (1)
      • ,
      • 171-196.
      • F.A. Sloan with J. Shadle and L. Chepke.
      • (March, 2009).
      • Is There Empiracal Evidence for "Defensive Medicine?" A Reassessment.
      • Journal of Health Economics
      • ,
      • 28
      • (2)
      • ,
      • 481-91.
      • F.A. Sloan with A. Khwaja, D. Silverman and Y. Wang.
      • (March, 2009).
      • Are Smokers Misinformed?.
      • Journal of Health Economics
      • ,
      • 28
      • (2)
      • ,
      • 385-397.
      • F.A. Sloan with Y. Wang.
      • (November, 2008).
      • Economic Theory and Evidence on Smoking Behavior of Adults.
      • Addiction
      • ,
      • 103
      • (11)
      • ,
      • 1777-1785.
      • F.A. Sloan with L. Chepke.
      • (Spring 2008).
      • From Medical Malpractice to Quality Assurance.
      • Issues in Sceince and Technology
      • ,
      • 24
      • (3)
      • ,
      • 63-70.
      • F.A. Sloan with A. Khwaja and S. Chung.
      • (October, 2007).
      • Individual Expectations and Behaviors: Evidence of the Relationships between Mortality Expectations and Smoking Decisions.
      • Journal of Risk and Uncertainty
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      • 35
      • (2)
      • ,
      • 179-201.
      • F.A. Sloan with Ahmed Khwaja and Dan Silverman.
      • (September, 2007).
      • Time Preference, Time Discounting, and Smoking Decisions.
      • Journal of Health Economics
      • ,
      • 26
      • (5)
      • ,
      • 927-949.
      • F.A. Sloan with P. Arcidiancono and H. Sieg.
      • (February, 2007).
      • Living Rationally Under the Valcano? An Empirical Analysis of Heavy Drinking and Smoking.
      • International Economic Review
      • ,
      • 48
      • (1)
      • .
      • F.A. Sloan with A. Khawja, D. Silverman and Y. Wang.
      • (January, 2007).
      • Smoking, Wealth Accumulation, and the Propensity to Plan.
      • Economics Letters
      • ,
      • 94
      • (1)
      • ,
      • 96-102.
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  • Teaching

    • ECON 757.01
      • HEALTH ECONOMICS: DEMAND
      • Social Sciences 111
      • Tu 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
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