Frank A. Sloan

Frank A. Sloan

J. Alexander McMahon Professor Emeritus of Health Policy and Management

External Address: 
236 Social Sciences Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0253
(919) 613-9358

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.


  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1969

Wang, Y, and Sloan, FA. "Present bias and health." Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 57, no. 2 (October 1, 2018): 177-198. Full Text

Akushevich, I, Yashkin, AP, Kravchenko, J, Fang, F, Arbeev, K, Sloan, F, and Yashin, AI. "Identifying the causes of the changes in the prevalence patterns of diabetes in older U.S. adults: A new trend partitioning approach." Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications 32, no. 4 (April 2018): 362-367. Full Text

Yashkin, AP, Kravchenko, J, Yashin, AI, and Sloan, F. "Mortality and Macrovascular Risk in Elderly With Hypertension and Diabetes: Effect of Intensive Drug Therapy." American Journal of Hypertension 31, no. 2 (January 2018): 220-227. Full Text

Gifford, EJ, Eldred, L, and Sloan, F. "Expanding the Role of Drug Treatment Courts to Prevent Child Maltreatment." Edited by LaLiberte, T, Barry, K and Walthour, K. Cw360 2018, no. Spring (2018). (Scholarly Commentary)

Pogue, YZ, Hakes, JK, and Sloan, FA. "Is Major Depression Linked to Alcohol-Impaired Driving?." Substance Use & Misuse 52, no. 14 (December 2017): 1871-1882. Full Text

Gifford, EJ, Eldred, LM, Mccutchan, SA, and Sloan, FA. "Prosecution, Conviction, and Deterrence in Child Maltreatment Cases." Criminal Justice and Behavior 44, no. 10 (October 1, 2017): 1262-1280. Full Text

Acquah, JK, Dahal, R, and Sloan, FA. "1918 Influenza Pandemic: In Utero Exposure in the United States and Long-Term Impact on Hospitalizations." American journal of public health 107, no. 9 (September 2017): 1477-1483. Full Text

Yu, Y, and Sloan, FA. "Trends in elderly health by cohort: Evidence from China." China Economic Review 44 (July 1, 2017): 282-295. Full Text

Abdelgadir, J, Tran, T, Muhindo, A, Obiga, D, Mukasa, J, Ssenyonjo, H, Muhumza, M, Kiryabwire, J, Haglund, MM, and Sloan, FA. "Estimating the Cost of Neurosurgical Procedures in a Low-Income Setting: An Observational Economic Analysis." World Neurosurgery 101 (May 2017): 651-657. Full Text


Geographic Adjustment in Medicare Payment.: National Academies Press, October 31, 2012. Full Text

Sloan, FA, and Hsieh, C-R. Student Solutions Manual to Accompany Health Economics. April 2012.

Sloan, FA, and Hsieh, CR. Health Economics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, March 2012. (Textbook)

Incentives and Choice in Health Care. Edited by FA Sloan and H Kasper. July 2008.

Sloan, F, and Chepke, L. Medical Malpractice. Cambridge, MA,: MIT Press, 2008.

Countries, COCCIL-AM-I, Health, BOG, and Medicine, IO. Cancer Control Opportunities in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Edited by FA Sloan and H Gelband. National Academies Press, January 26, 2007.

Sloan, FA, and Kozecke, L. The Law and Economics of Public Health. Now Publishers, 2007. (Textbook) Full Text

Sloan, FA, Ostermann, J, Conover, C, Donald H Taylor, J, and Picone, G. The Price of Smoking. September 2006.


SLOAN, FA. "The Coming Health Crisis - Who Will Pay for Care for the Aged in the 21st Century - Wolfe,JR." Journal of Economic Literature 32, no. 3 (September 1994): 1254-1255.

Sloan, FA, and Shah, SP. "Smoking, Economics of." In Encyclopedia of Health Economics, 316-323. January 1, 2014. Full Text

Sloan, FA. "The Economics of Vaccines." In The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of the Biopharmaceutical Industry. September 18, 2012. Full Text

Richman, B, Sloan, F, and Grossman, D. "Fragmentation in Mental Health Benefits and Services: A Preliminary Examination into Consumption and Outcomes." In The Fragmentation of U.S. Health Care: Causes and Solutions. 2010. (Chapter)

Sloan, FA, and Hsieh, CR. "Introduction." In Pharmaceutical Innovation: Incentives, Competition, and Cost-Benefit Analysis in International Perspective, 1-22. January 1, 2007. Full Text

"Conclusions and policy implications." In Pharmaceutical Innovation: Incentives, Competition, and Cost-Benefit Analysis in International Perspective, 262-278. January 1, 2007. Full Text

Sloan, FA, and Eesley, CE. "Implementing a public subsidy for vaccines." In Pharmaceutical Innovation: Incentives, Competition, and Cost-Benefit Analysis in International Perspective, 107-126. January 1, 2007. Full Text

Sloan, FA, and Eesley, CE. "Governments as insurers in professional and hospital liability insurance markets." In Medical Malpractice and the U.S. Health Care System, 291-317. January 1, 2006. Full Text

"The Impact of Cost-Effectiveness on Public and Private Policies in Health Care: An International Perspective." Edited by Sloan, FA and Grabowski, H. Social Science and Medicine 45, no. 4 (August 1997). (Journal Issue)

"Medical Malpractice: External Influences and Controls." Edited by Sloan, FA and Metzloff, TB. Law and Contemporary Problems 60, no. 1 and 2 (1997). (Journal Volume)

Sloan, FA, Taylor, DH, and Conover, CJ. "Hospital conversions - Is the purchase price too low?." 2000.

Day, S, Grossman, DS, Mruthyunjaya, P, Lee, PP, and Sloan, FA. "Reply." American Journal of Ophthalmology 151, no. 4 (April 1, 2011): 734-735. (Letter) Full Text

Selected Grants

Duke KURe Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Advisor). 2013 to 2023

The Intergenerational Effects of the Criminal Justice System on Children's Health awarded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Investigator). 2016 to 2019

The Intergeneration Effects of Criminal Justice Policies on Substance Use Crimes awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019

The Cost of Bladder Cancer to Medicare awarded by Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019

American Journal of Health Economics awarded by American Society of Health Economists (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2018

Visual Impairment, Treatment and Effects on the Elderly awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2001 to 2016

Deterring Drunk Driving: Beliefs, Preferences, Outcomes, and Welfare Implications awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2016

Effects of drug treatment courts on outcomes of adults and their children awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2016

Reducing Child Maltreatment Using Legal Interventions awarded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2015

Public Health Law and Child Abuse Prevention awarded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2013