Mireille Jacobson, PhD

Associate Professor of Gerontology
Assistant Dean of Academic Initiatives

Expertise: Health economics, Policy


  • PhD, Economics, Harvard University
  • BS, Economics, University of Chicago


  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Health Economics and Policy
  • Economics of Aging


  • Co-Director, Aging and Cognition Program, USC Schaeffer Center
  • Senior Fellow, USC Schaeffer Center


Mireille Jacobson, PhD, is an applied micro-economist with a diverse portfolio of research united by an interest in understanding how health care policies and incentives in health care markets affect well-being. Much of her prior work focuses on the supply-side of health care markets, analyzing (i) the effects of direct supply changes (e.g., hospital closures) on access to care and (ii) the impact of reimbursement policy on treatment and outcomes. Other work focuses on the demand side, assessing the impact of financial incentives on vaccination decisions. Her current research projects include a large study testing both remote and in-person approaches to increase the diversity of participants in a brain health registry, a study testing approaches to increase COVID-19 booster vaccination rates, and a comparison of differences in health care use for persons with dementia in traditional Medicare versus Medicare Advantage. Professor Jacobson is an Associate Professor in the Davis School of Gerontology, co-director of the program on aging at USC’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics and a research associate in the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is also a member of the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Email: mireillj@usc.edu

Office Location: GER 225a

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Curriculum Vitae