Kosali Simon

Herman B Wells Endowed Professor

(812) 856-3850
Room Number:
SPEA 443

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Maryland, College Park, 1999
  • B.A., Hamilton College, 1994


  • Health Policy (Masters level and PhD level H549/V710)
  • Health Economics (Undergraduate level H354)


Dr. Kosali Simon joined SPEA as a professor in 2010. A summary of her recent research appears in the 2016 National Bureau of Economic Research Reporter. In 2016 she was also named a Class of 1948 Herman B Wells Endowed Professor, becoming only the third recipient of this honor at Indiana University. 

Simon is a nationally known health economist who specializes in applying economic analysis in the context of health insurance and health care policy. Her current main research focus is the impact of the Affordable Care Act on healthcare and labor market outcomes. She is also active in national leadership roles in her profession, serving on several boards and in editorial positions.

Simon is a research associate of the National Bureau for Economic Research, a group with which she has been affiliated since 2002. She serves as a board member of the American Society of Health Economists since 2009, and a board member of the American Economic Association (AEA)'s Committee on the Status of Women in Economics (CSWEP) since 2014, and is currently directing the national mentoring program for female assistant professors in economics. She is also serving a three-year term with the nation's largest health philanthropy, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). In 2013, she was selected to the National Advisory Committee of RWJF Health Policy Scholars Program. The committee is composed of 13 nationally recognized experts in social science and health policy. In 2007, Simon was recognized for her early contributions to health services research as the recipient of the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators.

Related to editorial roles, she is an associate editor of the Journal of Health Economics and of Health Economics, and an editorial board member of the American Journal of Health Economics and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.


  • Election to a four-year term as one of two academic representatives on the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management Policy Council, 2016
  • Addington Prize in Measurement (shared with coauthors), Frasier Institute , 2013
  • Musgrave Prize (shared with coauthors), National Tax Association, 2012

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