My training is in labor economics, but health has always been the focus of my research. The importance of health status as a component of human capital means that efforts to reduce inequality and improve economic conditions in communities should include consideration of population health. Health is both an outcome and a determinant of economic progress.
Timothy Waidmann is a senior fellow in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute. He has over 20 years of experience designing and conducting studies on varied health policy topics, including disability and health among the elderly; Medicare and Medicaid policy; disability and employment; public health and prevention; health status and access to health care in vulnerable populations; health care utilization among high-cost, high-risk populations; geographic variation in health care needs and utilization; and the relationships between health and a wide variety of economic and social factors. Waidmann’s publications based on these studies have appeared in high-profile academic and policy journals. He has also been involved in several large-scale federal evaluation studies of health system reforms, assuming a central role in the design and execution of the quantitative analyses for those evaluations.
Before joining Urban in 1996, Waidmann was assistant professor in the School of Public Health and postdoctoral fellow in the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan in 1991.