Human Ecology Faculty in Focus: Sean Nicholson


Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management (PAM)

Sean is a professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management (PAM) at Cornell University, the Director of the Sloan Program in Health Administration, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to joining the PAM Department in 2004, Sean was a faculty member in the Health Care Systems Department at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Sean worked for four years as a management consultant with APM and taught high school for two years before enrolling in graduate school. He received a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1986 and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997.

Selected Publications

Song, Minjae, Sean Nicholson, and Claudio Lucarelli, 2017, “Mergers with Inter-Firm Bundling: a Case of Pharmaceutical Cocktails,” RAND Journal of Economics 48(3): 810-834.

Epstein, Andrew J., Sean Nicholson, David A. Asch, 2016, “The Production of and Market for New Physicians’ Skill,” American Journal of Health Economics 2(1): 41-66.

Lakdawalla, Darius, Jason Shafrin, Claudio Lucarelli, Sean Nicholson, Zeba Khan, and Tomas Philipson, 2015, “Quality-Adjusted Cost of Care: a Meaningful Way to Measure Innovation Cost Growth Versus the Value of Health Gains,” Health Affairs 34(4): 555-561.

Weatherall, Cecilie D., Anne T. Hansen, and Sean Nicholson, “The Effect of Assigning Dedicated General Practitioners to Nursing Homes,” Health Services Research, forthcoming.

Asch, David A., Sean Nicholson, and Marko Vujicic, 2013, “Are We in a Medical Education Bubble Market,” New England Journal of Medicine 369(21): 1973 - 1975.


  • PhD 1997 - University of Wisconsin-Madison, Economics
  • MS 1995 - University of Wisconsin-Madison, Economics
  • BA 1986 - Dartmouth College, Economics

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