Daniel Polsky

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Daniel Polsky
Tracey Jennifer Golembe
(m. 2004)
Academic background
EducationBS., Economics, University of Michigan
MPP., 1989, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
PhD, economics, 1996, University of Pennsylvania
ThesisThe changing nature of job security in the United States (1996)
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Pennsylvania
Johns Hopkins University
Main interestsHealth Economics

Daniel Elias Polsky is an American health economist. He is the 40th Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Economics at Johns Hopkins University.

Early life and education[edit]

Polsky grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1] He earned his Bachelor of Science at the University of Michigan before enrolling at their Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy for his Master's degree. He returned home to Pennsylvania for his PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.[2]


Upon earning his PhD, Polsky accepted a faculty position at his alma mater in 1996.[2] During his tenure at the university, he was appointed to sit on the President's Council of Economic Advisor from 2007 to 2008 and advised the Congressional Budget Office on health issues.[3] Using his economic experience, Polsky served as the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics (LDI) Director of Research starting in 2008 and was eventually promoted to Executive Director in 2012.[4] Two years later, his co-authored paper "Shipping out instead of shaping up: Rehospitalization from nursing homes as an unintended effect of public reporting," received the 2014 "Article of the Year" award from the AcademyHealth. The paper discussed how nursing home operators were gaming the Nursing Home Compare (NHC) system by inaccurately reporting their clinical indicators for patients. Their study urged "policymakers to consider doing more to adjust for baseline risk when reporting quality as a way to counter the incentives providers have to selectively avoid the sickest patients".[5] As a result of his research, Polsky was appointed to the National Academy of Medicine's Health and Medicine Division Committee[6] and eventually named a Member in 2018.[7]

In 2019, Polsky left the University of Pennsylvania to become the 40th Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Economics at Johns Hopkins University.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Polsky is Jewish and married his wife Tracey Jennifer Golembe in a Jewish ceremony in 2004.[9]


  1. ^ @healthcon_dan (April 13, 2020). "My original home town, Pittsburgh PA, has 867 Confirmed Cases and 19 deaths among 1.2 million people with a poverty rate of 11.7%" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b "Daniel Polsky, PhD". carey.jhu.edu. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  3. ^ DiStefano, Joseph N. (October 22, 2012). "Polsky to push Penn health research into Washington policy circles". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "Dan Polsky Named New LDI Executive Director". ldi.upenn.edu. October 2012. Archived from the original on July 3, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "AcademyHealth Article of Year Honors Paper by Konetzka, Polsky and Werner". idi.upenn.edu. June 2014. Archived from the original on July 3, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  6. ^ "Daniel Polsky Named to National Academy of Medicine Committee". ldi.upenn.edu. April 2017. Archived from the original on July 2, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  7. ^ "LDI's Polsky, Werner and Domchek Named to National Academy of Medicine". ldi.upenn.edu. October 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  8. ^ Cruickshank, Saralyn (March 12, 2019). "Leading health economist joins Hopkins as 40th Bloomberg Distinguished Professor". hub.jhu.edu. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  9. ^ "Tracey Golembe, Daniel Polsky". The New York Times. December 12, 2004. Retrieved July 1, 2020.

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