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David Grabowski

Harvard University

David Grabowski

David C. Grabowski, PhD, is a professor of health care policy in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. His research examines the economics of aging with a particular interest in the areas of long-term care and post-acute care. He has published over 225 peer-reviewed articles, and his work has appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals of economics, health policy, and medicine. He has testified to the US Congress on six separate occasions. From 2017 through 2023, Dr. Grabowski was a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which is an independent agency established to advise the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. He has also served on several CMS technical expert panels. During the pandemic, he served on the CMS Nursing Home Coronavirus Commission. He was also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes.


Countries United States;
Topics Care innovations; Care integration/ coordination; Community-based LTC; COVID-19 and other infectious diseases and LTC; Financing LTC; Healthcare access in LTC; LTC and people with mental health conditions; LTC Policy; LTC Reforms; LTC Systems; LTC Workforce; New models of care; Residential LTC services; Unpaid / informal care;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Care home markets and regulation;
Research interests

Long-term care; post-acute care; economics of aging

Key publications

Grabowski, D.C. 2001. “Medicaid Reimbursement and the Quality of Nursing Home Care,” Journal of Health Economics 20(4): 549-569. DOI: 10.1016/s0167-6296(01)00083-2

Grabowski, D.C., 2007, “Medicare and Medicaid: Conflicting Incentives for Long-Term Care,” Milbank Quarterly 85(4): 579-610. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0009.2007.00502.x

Grabowski, D.C., J. Gruber and J.J. Angelelli, 2008, “Nursing Home Quality as a Common Good.” Review of Economics and Statistics 90(4): 754-764. DOI:

Goda, G.S, E. Golberstein and D.C. Grabowski, 2011, “Income and the Utilization of Long-Term Care Services: Evidence from the Social Security Benefit Notch,” Journal of Health Economics 30(4): 719-729. DOI:

Ouslander JG, Grabowski DC. COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: Calming the Perfect Storm. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 Oct;68(10):2153-2162. DOI: 10.1111/jgs.16784