Frank A. Sloan

Frank A. Sloan

J. Alexander McMahon Distinguished 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

Yan, Brandon W., Frank A. Sloan, W John Boscardin, Felicia Guo, and R Adams Dudley. “The Opioid Epidemic Blunted the Mortality Benefit of Medicaid Expansion.Medical Care Research and Review : Mcrr, May 13, 2020, 1077558720919620. Full Text

Sloan, Frank A., Arseniy P. Yashkin, Igor Akushevich, and Brant A. Inman. “Longitudinal patterns of cost and utilization of medicare beneficiaries with bladder cancer.Urol Oncol 38, no. 2 (February 2020): 39.e11-39.e19. Full Text

Akushevich, I., A. Yashkin, J. Kravchenko, F. Fang, K. Arbeev, F. Sloan, and A. I. Yashin. “A forecasting model of disease prevalence based on the McKendrick-von Foerster equation.Math Biosci 311 (May 2019): 31–38. Full Text

Sloan, Frank A., Elizabeth J. Gifford, Kelly E. Evans, and Lindsey E. Kozecke. “Does Having a Minor Child Affect Criminal Charges and Sanctions Imposed on Female Defendants?Women & Criminal Justice, 2019, 1–22. Full Text

Wang, Yang, and Frank A. Sloan. “Present bias and health.Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 57, no. 2 (October 25, 2018): 177–98. Full Text

Akushevich, Igor, Arseniy P. Yashkin, Julia Kravchenko, Fang Fang, Konstantin Arbeev, Frank Sloan, and Anatoliy I. Yashin. “Identifying the causes of the changes in the prevalence patterns of diabetes in older U.S. adults: A new trend partitioning approach.J Diabetes Complications 32, no. 4 (April 2018): 362–67. Full Text

Yashkin, Arseniy P., Julia Kravchenko, Anatoliy I. Yashin, and Frank Sloan. “Mortality and Macrovascular Risk in Elderly With Hypertension and Diabetes: Effect of Intensive Drug Therapy.Am J Hypertens 31, no. 2 (January 12, 2018): 220–27. Full Text

Gifford, E. J., Lindsey Eldred, and Frank Sloan. “Expanding the Role of Drug Treatment Courts to Prevent Child Maltreatment.” Edited by T. LaLiberte, K. Barry, and Kate Walthour. Cw360 2018, no. Spring (2018).


Sloan, Frank A., and Chee-Ruey Hsieh. Student Solutions Manual to Accompany Health Economics. Vol. 1, 2012.

Sloan, F. A., and C. R. Hsieh. Health Economics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012.

Sloan, Frank A., and Hirschel Kasper, eds. Incentives and Choice in Health Care. Vol. 1, 2008.

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

Countries, C. O. C. C. I. L. -. A. M. -. I., B. O. G. Health, and I. O. Medicine. Cancer Control Opportunities in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Edited by F. A. Sloan and H. Gelband. National Academies Press, 2007.

Sloan, F. A., and L. Kozecke. The Law and Economics of Public Health. Now Publishers, 2007. Full Text

Sloan, Frank A., Jan Ostermann, Christopher Conover, Jr Donald H Taylor, and Gabriel Picone. The Price of Smoking. Vol. 1, 2006.


SLOAN, F. A. “The Coming Health Crisis - Who Will Pay for Care for the Aged in the 21st Century - Wolfe,JR.” Journal of Economic Literature. American Economic Association, September 1994.

Sloan, F. A., and S. P. Shah. “Smoking, Economics of.” In Encyclopedia of Health Economics, 316–23, 2014. Full Text

Sloan, F. A. “The Economics of Vaccines.” In The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of the Biopharmaceutical Industry, 2012. Full Text

Richman, B., F. Sloan, and D. Grossman. “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.

Sloan, F. A., and C. R. Hsieh. “Introduction.” In Pharmaceutical Innovation: Incentives, Competition, and Cost-Benefit Analysis in International Perspective, 1–22, 2007. Full Text

Sloan, F. A., and C. R. Hsieh. “Conclusions and policy implications.” In Pharmaceutical Innovation: Incentives, Competition, and Cost-Benefit Analysis in International Perspective, 262–78, 2007. Full Text

Sloan, F. A., and C. E. Eesley. “Implementing a public subsidy for vaccines.” In Pharmaceutical Innovation: Incentives, Competition, and Cost-Benefit Analysis in International Perspective, 107–26, 2007. Full Text

Sloan, F. A., and C. E. Eesley. “Governments as insurers in professional and hospital liability insurance markets.” In Medical Malpractice and the U.S. Health Care System, 291–317, 2006. Full Text

Sloan, F. A., and H. Grabowski, eds. “The Impact of Cost-Effectiveness on Public and Private Policies in Health Care: An International Perspective.” Social Science and Medicine. Pergamon Press Ltd., August 1997.

Sloan, F. A., and T. B. Metzloff, eds. “Medical Malpractice: External Influences and Controls.” Law and Contemporary Problems, 1997.

Sloan, F. A., D. H. Taylor, and C. J. Conover. “Hospital conversions - Is the purchase price too low?” In Changing Hospital Industry, edited by D. M. Cutler, 13–44. UNIV CHICAGO PRESS, 2000.

Day, S., D. S. Grossman, P. Mruthyunjaya, P. P. Lee, and F. A. Sloan. “Reply.” American Journal of Ophthalmology, April 1, 2011. Full Text

Selected Grants

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

The Intergeneration Effects of Criminal Justice Policies on Substance Use Crimes awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2020

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

American Journal of Health Economics awarded by (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 (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2015

Public Health Law and Child Abuse Prevention awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2013