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Ian McCarthy, PhD


Ian McCarthy, PhD, serves as Director of Health Economics at the Baylor Scott & White Health Center for Clinical Effectiveness and an adjunct economics professor at Southern Methodist University. An economist specializing in the application of microeconomic theory, statistics, and econometrics to the field of health economics, he has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has served as a referee for Review of Economics and Statistics, Empirical Economics, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, and other journals. Dr. McCarthy earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Texas and his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in economics from Indiana University.


Dr. McCarthy’s research relates primarily to the fields of health economics, policy, and economic evaluation of health care programs. Within these areas, he is interested in patient choice, hospital and insurance market structure, and empirical methodologies in cost- and comparative-effectiveness research.  Dr. McCarthy is also a principal investigator or co-investigator on numerous grant funded projects relating to cost-effectiveness research, and he recently received a five-year pathway to independence award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to analyze methodologies of patient centered outcomes research and the implications of such outcomes in patient and physician decision-making.



Baylor Health Care System is located in Dallas, Texas