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David Cutler, PhD
Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, Department of Economics and Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

David Cutler has developed an impressive record of achievement in both academia and the public sector. He served as assistant professor of economics from 1991 to 1995, was named the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Social Sciences in 1995, and received tenure in 1997. He is currently the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Economics and holds secondary appointments at the Kennedy School of Government and the School of Public Health. Dr. Cutler was associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for Social Sciences from 2003 to 2008.

Honored for his scholarly work and singled out for outstanding mentorship of graduate students, Dr. Cutler's work in health economics and public economics has earned him significant academic and public acclaim. He served on the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration and has advised the presidential campaigns of Bill Bradley, John Kerry, and Barack Obama as well as being senior health care advisor for the Obama presidential campaign. Among other affiliations, Dr. Cutler has held positions with the National Institutes of Health and the National Academy of Sciences. Currently, Dr. Cutler is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Institute of Medicine, and a fellow of the Employee Benefit Research Institute. He advises many companies and groups on health care.

Dr. Cutler was a key advisor in the formulation of the recent cost control legislation in Massachusetts, and is one of the members of the Health Policy Commission created to help reduce medical spending in that state.

Dr. Cutler is author of two books, several chapters in edited books, and many of published papers on the topics of health care and other public policy topics. Author of Your Money Or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America's Health Care System, published by Oxford University Press, this book and Dr. Cutler's ideas were the subject of a feature article in the New York Times Magazine titled The Quality Cure by Roger Lowenstein. Cutler was recently named one of the 30 people who could have a powerful impact on healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine and one of the 50 most influential men aged 45 and younger by Details magazine.

Professor Cutler received a BA from Harvard University (1987) and a PhD in economics from MIT (1991).

Decreases in Readmissions Credited to Medicare’s Program to Reduce Hospital Readmissions Have Been Overstated
Authors: Ody C, Msall L, Dafny LS, Grabowski DC, Cutler DM
Health Affairs
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Rising Medical Costs Mean More Rough Times Ahead
Authors: Cutler DM
JAMA
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Early Death after Discharge from Emergency Departments: Analysis of National US Insurance Claims Data
Authors: Obermeyer Z, Cohn B, Wilson M, Jena AB, Cutler DM
BMJ
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Changes in Hospital-Physician Affiliations in U.S. Hospitals and Their Effect on Quality of Care
Authors: Scott KW, Orav EJ, Cutler DM, Jha AK
Annals of Internal Medicine
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Has the Era of Slow Growth for Prescription Drug Spending Ended?
Authors: Aitken M, Berndt ER, Cutler D, Kleinrock M, Maini L
Health Affairs
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Short-term Outcomes for Medicare Beneficiaries After Low-acuity Visits to Emergency Departments and Clinics
Authors: Niedzwiecki M, Baicker K, Wilson M, Cutler DM, Obermeyer Z
Medical Care
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The Association Between Income and Life Expectancy in the United States, 2001-2014
Authors: Chetty R, Stepner M, Abraham S, Lin S, Scuderi B, Turner N et al
JAMA
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Physician Characteristics Strongly Predict Patient Enrollment in Hospice
Authors: Obermeyer Z, Powers BW, Makar M, Keating NL, Cutler DM
Health Affairs
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Association Between the Medicare Hospice Benefit and Health Care Utilization and Costs for Patients with Poor-Prognosis Cancer
Authors: Obermeyer Z, Makar M, Abujaber S, Dominici F, Block S, Cutler DM
JAMA
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Ultraviolet index and racial differences in prostate cancer incidence and mortality
Authors: Taksler GB, Cutler DM, Giovannucci E, et al.
Cancer
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