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Maria Polyakova, PhD

Stanford Health Policy
Encina Commons, 615 Crothers Way
Stanford, CA, 94305
Tel: (650) 498-7528
Email: maria.polyakova at

I am a health economist. My research studies the efficiency and distributional consequences of government interventions in health insurance and healthcare markets. My goal is to understand why (and for whom) some policy interventions in healthcare prove to be effective, while some - costly and distortionary. My work to-date has examined several distinct policy areas: design of subsidies for health insurance; the effect of health insurance policies on healthcare labor markets; consumer decision-making and informational interventions. I use a broad toolbox of empirical methods and a variety of administrative data and contexts, including Medicare, Medicaid, and ACA Marketplaces.


  • Assistant Professor of Health Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Faculty Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
  • Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
  • Research Network Affiliate, CESifo

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2014
  • BA, Economics & Mathematics, Yale University, 2008