Thomas G. McGuire

Professor of Health Economics, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research


Thomas G. McGuire


Ph.D., economics, Yale University

Summary of Experience

Professor McGuire's research focuses on the design and impact of health care payment systems, the economics of health care disparities, and the economics of mental health policy. He has contributed to the theory of physician, hospital, and health plan payment. His research on health care disparities includes developing approaches to defining and measuring disparities, and study of the theory and measurement of provider discrimination. For more than 35 years, Professor McGuire has conducted academic and policy research on the economics of mental health. 

In 2008, he received the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He is a recipient of the Elizur Wright Award from the American Association of Risk and Insurance for his book Financing Psychotherapy, the Arrow Award from the International Health Economics Association, and the Carl Taube Award from the American Public Health Association. He received awards for paper of the year in 2008 from Academy Health and the National Institute of Health Care Management (NIHCM). He is also the lead author of the paper on risk adjustment selected by the NIHCM for the paper of the year award for 2013. He has cochaired four NIMH-sponsored conferences on the Economics of Mental Health, and was a coeditor of the Handbook of Health Economics Volume 2, published in 2012. Professor McGuire is a member of the Institute of Medicine, and recently completed 10 years as an editor of the Journal of Health Economics.

AG Contacts

Howard G. Birnbaum
Bruce A. Strombom