Daniel P. Kessler

Keith and Jan Hurlbut Senior Fellow
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Daniel Kessler is the Keith and Jan Hurlbut Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, where he teaches courses on economics, public policy, and the health care industry. He is also a professor at the Stanford Law School and a professor, by courtesy, of health research and policy in the School of Medicine.

Among his publications are, with Mark McClellan, “The Effect of Hospital Ownership on Medical Productivity,” in the RAND Journal of Economics (2002), and “Designing Hospital Antitrust Policy to Promote Social Welfare,” which appeared in Frontiers in Health Policy Research. His books include a forthcoming second edition of Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System (Hoover Institution Press, 2011), coauthored with Leonard and Shirley Ely Senior Fellow John Cogan and R. Glenn Hubbard, and Regulation versus Litigation: Perspectives from Economics and Law (University of Chicago Press, 2010).

He is the holder of a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a JD from Stanford Law School.

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Analysis and Commentary

Medicare Reform: Obama vs. Ryan

by John B. Taylor, Daniel P. Kesslervia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The GOP plan is more effective but may work better if the spending limits are set the way the president proposed...

Medicare Reform: Obama vs. Ryan

by Daniel P. Kesslervia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

By John Taylor and Daniel Kessler

Doctored Numbers

Doctored Numbers

by John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, Daniel P. Kesslervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The key justification for ObamaCare is “cost shifting”—that the insured pay a hidden tax to support the uninsured. But for the most part, such a shift does not, in fact, take place. By John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, and Daniel P. Kessler.

In the News

Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise

by John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, Daniel P. Kesslervia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, April 28, 2011

Five steps to a better health care system...

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Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise

by John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, Daniel P. Kesslervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Five steps to a better health care system.

Analysis and Commentary

How Health Reform Punishes Work

by Daniel P. Kesslervia Wall Street Journal
Monday, April 25, 2011

The subsidies to buyers of 'qualifying' insurance policies will induce sharp reductions in the supply of labor...

How Health Reform Punishes Work

by Daniel P. Kesslervia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, April 25, 2011

Supporters of ObamaCare acknowledge it will have some unintended consequences. Yet surprisingly little attention has been focused on the law's most problematic provision: government subsidies to help individuals and families purchase health insurance.

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise
Books

Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System, Second Edition

by John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, Daniel P. Kesslervia Hoover Institution Press
Friday, March 25, 2011

Health care in the United States has made remarkable advances during the past forty years.

Analysis and Commentary

ObamaCare and the Truth About 'Cost Shifting'

by John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, Daniel P. Kesslervia Wall Street Journal
Friday, March 11, 2011

There's simply no evidence to support the claim that the insured bear the costs of caring for the uninsured...

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