Research Scholars Program – BIRCWH Mentors

Carol J. Simon, PhD

Dr. Simon is currently Associate Professor and Director, Health Economics Program at the Boston University School of Public. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics/Industrial Organization from the University of Chicago (1985); and an MBA in Finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1980). Prior to joining Boston University in 1999, she was an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the School of Public Health (1995-1999) She also has served as Senior Economist at the American Medical Association, Center for Health Policy Research where she directed analyses on the impact of managed care on the physician marketplace and on health system reform at the state and national level.

Dr. Simon’s research focuses on the impact of managed care and the organization of health care markets. She is currently Principal Investigator of a 3-year, $3 million federally funded study examining how managed care has affected the economics of physician practice and influenced clinical decision- making. Dr. Simon has an extensive record of funded research, including support from the Robert Wood Johnson foundation examining physician scope of practice, funding from the John and Catherine Mac Arthur Foundation examining physician unionization and practice organization; and grants from the Commonwealth Fund and California Endowment to examine racial disparities in care.

Dr. Simon’s research has appeared in numerous health policy and economics journals, including Health Affairs, Health Services Research, The Journal of Health Economics, The American Economic Review and The Rand Journal of Economics, and Public Health Reports. Her recent research on the impact of managed care on physician earnings was reported in widely in the popular and business press, including features in The New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. She has received the American Academy of Medical Administrators, Health Care Research Faculty Publication of the Year Award, for her work on hospital competition and costs.

Dr. Simon is a member of the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality study section on Health Care Quality and Cost-Effectiveness. She has served on the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Advisory Committee and has presented testimony on numerous occasions to the Illinois legislature.

Dr. Simon’s teaching interests include courses in managed care, health care policy and cost-effectiveness analysis. She has received distinguished teaching awards from UCLA and the University of Illinois School of Public Health. She currently assists in providing health economics consultation to a number of junior investigators, including Dr. Susan’s Frayne study of racial and gender differences in the management of depression.
She recently joined Abt Associates as Principal Associate and Fellow, but continues to be actively engaged in the BIRCWH program and developing new Scholars.