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Assistant Professor of Health Research and Policy

Maria Polyakova, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Health Research and Policy at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Her work investigates questions surrounding the role of government in the design and financing of health insurance systems. She is interested in the design of subsidies in health insurance, individuals’ decision-making about health insurance plans and health care consumption, re-distributive properties of insurance, role of insurance in pharmaceutical markets and in long-term care. She received a BA degree in Economics and Mathematics from Yale University, and a PhD in Economics from MIT.

Academic Degrees

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


National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
Center for Economic Studies (CESifo)