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Contact information:
Center for Health Policy
Encina Commons, Office 182
615 Crothers Way
Stanford, CA, 94305
Tel: (650) 498-7528
Email: maria.polyakova at

Research Statement

I am a health economist working at the intersection of public finance and industrial organization. My empirical research studies the equity and efficiency of government interventions in healthcare markets. My goal is to understand why some interventions are effective, while others become costly and distortionary. My work spans two main policy domains: (1) health insurance policy and (2) policies aiming to mitigate the socio-economic differences in health. My most recent work develops the idea that health insurance can be a powerful labor market and industrial policy that affects the allocation of talent in and outside of healthcare


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Faculty Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
  • NBER Faculty Research Fellow (Health Care and Public Economics)
  • Research Network Affiliate, CESifo

Academic Degrees

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