Craig Garthwaite

Herman R. Smith Research Professor in Hospital and Health Services Management, Professor of Strategy, and Director of Healthcare at Kellogg, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Craig Garthwaite


Ph.D. and M.A., economics, University of Maryland; M.P.P., Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan

Summary of Experience

Professor Garthwaite is an applied microeconomist who studies the effects of government policies and social phenomena, particularly in the areas of health and biopharmaceuticals. His recent work focuses on the private sector effects of the Affordable Care Act, including the labor supply effects of large insurance expansions, the changes in uncompensated hospital care resulting from public insurance expansions, and the responses of nonprofit hospitals to financial shocks. Professor Garthwaite also studies biopharmaceutical pricing and innovation, including the effect of expanded patent protection on pricing in the Indian pharmaceutical market, the effects of increases in demand on innovation by US pharmaceutical firms, and the relationship between health insurance expansions and high drug prices. Additionally, he studies the effects of the increased use of private firms to operate and manage social insurance programs, with a focus on Medicaid managed-care firms. 

Professor Garthwaite has testified before the US House of Representatives and several state legislatures on the minimum wage, health care reforms, and consolidation in health care markets. He has also held several public policy positions, including faculty associate with Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research and director of research for the Employment Policies Institute. Professor Garthwaite's research has appeared in journals such as The Quarterly Journal of EconomicsAmerican Economic ReviewThe Review of Economics and Statistics,  and Health Affairs;  and has been profiled in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post,  and Vox. He has also appeared on various TV and radio programs, including Nightly Business Report and Marketplace.


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