Richard A. Hirth, Ph.D.

Richard Hirth

Associate Chair, Department of Health Management and Policy

Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy

Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

Associate Director, Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center

Research Director, Center for Value-Based Insurance Design

1415 Washington Heights      Vcard icon
M3202 SPH II
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: (734) 936-1306; Fax: (734) 764-4338


Website(s): Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center; Value-Based Insurance Design Center

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

Dr. Richard Hirth is a Professor of Health Management and Policy. He received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Carleton College, and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Hirth has received several awards, including the AcademyHealth Health Services Research Impact Award (2014), the Kenneth J. Arrow Award in Health Economics, awarded annually by the American Public Health Association and the International Health Economics Association to the best paper in health economics (1993); The University of Michigan School of Public Health Excellence in Research Award (2014); the Excellence in Research Award in Health Policy from the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation (1998 and 2009); and the Thompson Prize for Young Investigtors from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (1999); Listing in Top 20 Most Read Articles of 2009, Health Affairs (2010); Outstanding abstract (consumer decision-making theme), AcademyHealth Annual Meeting (2007); and Outstanding abstract (long-term care theme), Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy Annual Meeting (2001).

Courses Taught

HMP660: Economics of Health Management and Policy I    Syllabus (PDF)
HMP662: The Economics of Health Management and Policy
HMP840: Integrative Seminar in Health Services Organization and Policy    Syllabus (PDF)


Ph.D., Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1993
M.A., Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1988
B.A. (Summa Cum Laude), Economics, Carleton College, 1987

Research Interests & Projects

Dr. Hirth's research interests include the role of not-for-profit providers in health care markets, health insurance, the relationship between managed care and the adoption and utilization of medical technologies, long-term care, and the economics of end stage renal disease care.

Selected Publications

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R.A. Hirth, T.B. Gibson, H.G. Levy, J.A. Smith, S. Calonico, A. Das (in press). New Evidence on the Persistence of Health Spending Medical Care Research and Review

R.A. Hirth, D.C. Grabowski, Z. Feng, M. Rahman, V. Mor (2014). Effect of nursing home ownership on hospitalization of long-stay residents: an instrumental variables approach International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, 14(1), 118.

R.A. Hirth, M.N. Turenne, J.R.C. Wheeler, T.A. Nahra, K.K. Sleeman, W. Zhang, J.A. Messana (2013). The Initial Impact of Medicare’s New Bundled, Prospective Payment System for Kidney Dialysis American Journal of Kidney Disease, 62(4), 662669.

T.C. Buchmueller, K. Grazier, R.A. Hirth, E.N. Okeke (2013). The Price Sensitivity of Medicare Beneficiaries: A Regression Discontinuity Approach Health Economics

L.A. Helmchen, W.E. Encinosa, M.E. Chernew, R.A. Hirth (2013). Integrating patient incentives with episode-based payment Forum for Health Economics and Policy, 16(1), 123-136.

A.D. Sinaiko, R.A. Hirth (2011). Consumers, Health Insurance and Dominated Choices Journal of Health Economics, 30(2), 450-457.

M.V. Pauly, K. Menzel, H. Kunreuther, R.A. Hirth (2011). Guaranteed Renewability Uniquely Prevents Adverse Selection in Individual Health Insurance Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 43(2), 127-139.

R.A. Hirth, M.N. Turenne, J.R.C. Wheeler, Y. Ma, J.M. Messana (August, 2010). Do Resource Utilization and Clinical Measures Still Vary Across Dialysis Chains After Controlling for the Local Practices of Facilities and Physicians? Medical Care, 8, 726-732.

Hirth, R.A., Turenne, M.N., Wheeler, J.R.C., Pan, Q., Ma, Y., & Messana, J.M. (2009). Provider monitoring and pay-for-performance when multiple providers affect outcomes: An application to renal dialysis. Health Services Research, 44(5), 1585-1602.

Chernew, M.E., Hirth, R.A., & Cutler. D.M. (2009). Increased spending on health care: Long-term implications for the nation. Health Affairs, 28(5), 1253-1255.

Professional Affiliations

International Health Economics Association
American Economic Association