The Jacobson Lab focuses on how health care policies affect well-being. Much of Jacobson’s work focuses on the supply-side of health care markets, analyzing the effects of direct supply changes, for example hospital closures, on access to care and the impact of reimbursement policy on treatment and outcomes, specifically in the oncology market. Other work focuses on the demand side, assessing the risk-protective value of health insurance for consumers. In addition to being an associate professor at the Leonard Davis School, Jacobson is the co-director of the program on aging at USC’s Schaeffer Center for Health Economics and Policy and a research associate in the health care program at the National Bureau of Economic Research.


Associate Professor of Gerontology


Focus Areas


  • Analyses of tradeoffs in covering near-poor households with public insurance versus subsidies for the purchase of private health insurance
  • Impact of a transitional care pain management model on readmissions and health outcomes for opioid tolerant patients
  • Anticipatory effects of gaining Medicare on the mental health of seniors

Recent Publications

  1. Jacobson, M, May, P, Morrison, RS et al.. Improving Care of People With Serious Medical Illness-An Economic Research Agenda for Palliative Care.. JAMA Health Forum. 2022;3 (1):e214464.
  2. Thunell, JA, Jacobson, M, Joe, EB et al.. Medicare's Annual Wellness Visit and diagnoses of dementias and cognitive impairment.. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2022;14 (1):e12357.
  3. Kim, N, Jacobson, M. Comparison of catastrophic out-of-pocket medical expenditure among older adults in the United States and South Korea: what affects the apparent difference?. BMC Health Serv Res. 2022;22 (1):1202.
  4. Jacobson, M, Chang, TY, Shah, M et al.. Can financial incentives and other nudges increase COVID-19 vaccinations among the vaccine hesitant? A randomized trial.. Vaccine. 2022;40 (43):6235-6242.
  5. Kanter, GP, Parikh, RB, Fisch, MJ et al.. Trends in Medically Integrated Dispensing Among Oncology Practices.. JCO Oncol Pract. 2022;18 (10):e1672-e1682.
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