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Daniel P. Kessler
Professor of Law

Biography 

David S. and Ann M. Barlow Professor in Management, Graduate School of Business; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; Professor (by courtesy) of Health Research and Policy, School of Medicine

An expert on health policy and health care finance, Daniel P. Kessler’s scholarship is particularly timely. His recent book, Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System (with John Cogan and R. Glenn Hubbard), outlines how market-based health care reform in the U.S. can help fix our system's current problems. His recent research examines how tax policy affects medical spending. His research interests also include empirical studies in antitrust law and law and economics.

Currently he is investigating how vertical integration and other shared ownership structures in markets for health services affect the cost and quality of care. A senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of health research and policy (by courtesy) with the Stanford School of Medicine, Professor Kessler, JD ’93, has been on the Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty for 15 years—and now brings to the law school a uniquely interdisciplinary perspective to his teaching. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Professor Kessler has won awards for his advising and research from Stanford, the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation, and the International Health Economics Association. He has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the California HealthCare Foundation. He has served as a consultant to corporations, foundations, and the governments of the United States and Canada. He has taught courses in health economics, public policy, and antitrust law at Stanford, Harvard, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has published numerous papers in economics journals and law reviews. He has also appeared on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and written several articles on health reform for The Wall Street Journal and Health Affairs.