Diane Alexander, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Health Care Management at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research is predominantly in health care, studying the economics of the provision of health care services and the actions of health care providers. More broadly, she is also interested in the interactions between environmental policies and health, as well as between health care and education. Her work has been featured in media outlets including the Washington Post, Bloomberg, the CityLab, Vox, and Scientific American, as well as the Freakonomics radio podcast.
She has studied the roles played by new types of providers in health care delivery, focusing on retail and urgent care clinics, the role of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in access and health, and how payment incentives influence physician decision-making. Another strand of work focuses on the interaction of environment and place on health outcomes. She has studied the role of residential segregation in explaining persistent racial health disparities, as well as the effect of pollution on health, utilizing the excess diesel emissions from the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal as a natural experiment.
Prior to joining Wharton, Dr. Alexander was an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She received a BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a PhD in Economics from Princeton University.