David Blaine Ridley

David Blaine Ridley

Professor of the Practice of Economics

External Address: 
100 Fuqua Drive, Durham, NC 27708-0120
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90120, 100 Fuqua Drive, Durham, NC 27708-0120
(919) 660-3784

David Ridley is the Faculty Director of Health Sector Management at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. In his research, he examines innovation and pricing in health care. David was the lead author of the paper proposing the priority review voucher program which became law in 2007 and created a market of more than a billion dollars for drug development for neglected diseases. He was the principal investigator on a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for 2018 to 2020. He teaches courses on health care economics, policy, and strategy to graduate students. He received a PhD in economics from Duke University.


  • Ph.D., Duke University 2001
  • M.A., Duke University 1995
  • B.A., University of Missouri, Columbia 1993

Ridley, David B., and Kevin A. Schulman. “Differential pricing of pharmaceuticals in the internet age.The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management 27, no. 3 (July 2004): 210–14. https://doi.org/10.1097/00004479-200407000-00004. Full Text

Shah, Bimal R., Shelby D. Reed, Jennifer Francis, David B. Ridley, and Kevin A. Schulman. “The cost of inefficiency in US hospitals, 1985-1997.J Health Care Finance 30, no. 1 (2003): 1–9.