Cutler, David M.

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CUTLER, David M.

PERSONAL: Male. Education: Harvard University, A.B., 1987; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D., 1991.

ADDRESSES: Offıce—Harvard University, Department of Economics, Littauer Center 315, 1875 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138. E-mail—dcutler@harvard. edu.

CAREER: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, assistant professor of economics, 1991-95, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Social Sciences, 1995-97, professor of economics, 1997—, academic dean of faculty of arts and sciences for social sciences, 2002—. Member of Council of Economic Advisers and National Economic Council under U.S. president Bill Clinton; affiliated with National Institutes of Health and the National Academy of Sciences; research associate, National Bureau of Economic Research.

MEMBER: Phi Beta Kappa.

AWARDS, HONORS: Outstanding Mentor Award, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1999; Griliches Prize for best paper, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1999; Kenneth Arrow Award for best paper, Health Economics, 2000, for "How Does Managed Care Do It?"; fellow, Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, 2000-2001; elected to Institute of Medicine, 2001; Eugene Garfield Award, Research America, 2003, for "The Return to Biomedical Research: Treatment and Behavioral Effects."


(Editor) The Changing Hospital Industry: ComparingNot-for-Profit and For-Profit Institutions, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 2000.

(Editor with Ernst R. Berndt) Medical Care Output and Productivity, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 2001.

(With Richard Johnson) The Birth and Growth of theSocial-Insurance State: Explaining Old-Age and Medical Insurance across Countries, Research Division, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Kansas City, MO), 2001.

Your Money or Your Life: Strong Medicine forAmerica's Health Care System, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 2004.

Also coeditor of Volume 7 in the series "Frontiers in Health Policy Research," 2004. Contributor to books, including American Economic Policy in the 1990s, edited by Jeffrey A. Frankel and Peter R. Orszag, MIT Press (Cambridge, MA), 2002; Measuring the Gains from Medical Research, edited by Robert Topel and Kevin Murphy, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 2003; Perspectives on the Economics of Aging, edited by David Wise, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 2003; and Ethnicity and Social Mobility in United States and Great Britain. Associate editor, Journal of Public Economics, World Health Organization Bulletin, and Journal of Economic Perspectives; formerly coeditor, Journal of Health Economics. Contributor to periodicals, including National Tax Journal, Journal of Economic Literature, and Financial Analysts Journal.

SIDELIGHTS: David M. Cutler is a respected professor of economics whose expertise led to his service as an economic advisor to former U.S. president Bill Clinton. In Medical Care Output and Productivity, he and fellow editor Ernst R. Berndt examine global gains made in health care and attempt to gauge the productivity of rising health care costs. Their research suggests that although health care costs have risen worldwide, the additional spending has in fact reduced mortality rates and boosted health gains.

Cutler again explores the area where health care and economics meet in his book Your Money or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America's Health Care System. The author suggests that implementing a universal health care system is advisable for the United States, and he outlines a clear plan for achieving this formidable goal. In addition, Cutler presents a method for examining health care systems to determine their effectiveness and evaluates the successes and failures of the system as it now stands. Your Money or Your Life is "an elegant investigation," stated Donna Chavez in Booklist, in which Cutler "effortlessly [makes] a complex issue comprehensible." A reviewer for Publishers Weekly also recommended the book as a "clear and compelling" statement of the case for worldwide health care.



Booklist, December 15, 2003, Donna Chavez, review of Your Money or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America's Health Care System, p. 117.

Library Journal, February 1, 2004, Dick Maxwell, review of Your Money or Your Life, p. 117.

NBER Reporter, summer, 2001, review of MedicalCare Output and Productivity, p. 50; summer, 2004, review of "Frontiers in Health Policy Research," Volume 7, p. 49.

Publishers Weekly, November 3, 2003, review of YourMoney or Your Life, p. 61.

Share Guide, July-August, 2004, Dennis and Janice Hughes, review of Your Money or Your Life, p. 97.

Social Service Review, June, 2002, review of MedicalCare Output and Productivity, p. 360.


Best Reviews Web site, (January 28, 2004), Harriet Klausner, review of Your Money or Your Life.*