Faculty by courtesy

Amanda Kowalski

Gail Wilensky Professor of Applied Economics and Public Policy

Amanda Kowalski is the Gail Wilensky Professor of Economics and Public Policy, with her primary appointment in the U-M Department of Economics and a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. A health economist, she specializes in bringing together theoretical models and econometric techniques to answer questions that inform current debates in health policy. Her recent research advances methods to analyze experiments and clinical trials with the goal of designing policies to target insurance expansions and medical treatments to individuals who will benefit from them the most. Kowalski is the 2019 recipient of the ASHEcon medal given to "an economist age 40 or under who has made the most significant contributions to the field of health economics." She has previously been honored with a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation and the Yale Arthur Greer Memorial Prize. Her research has received the HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Award, the Garfield Economic Impact Award, the NIHCM Research Award, and the Zellner Thesis Award. Kowalski's research has been published in American Economic Review, The Review of Economic Studies, and The Quarterly Journal of Economics, and featured by The New York Times, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal. She holds a PhD in economics from MIT and an AB in economics from Harvard.