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Chasing the Flames: A Look Back at COVID-Era Policy Making, Economics, and Data

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Kosali Simon is the Herman B. Wells Endowed Professor, associate vice provost for health sciences and Distinguished Professor in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs 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 research mainly focuses on the impact of health insurance reform on healthcare and labor market outcomes, and on the causes and consequences of the opioid crisis. 

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 member of the governing body of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). From 2009-2016, she served as a board member of the American Society of Health Economists; from 2014-2017 she served as a board member of the American Economic Association (AEA)'s Committee on the Status of Women in Economics (CSWEP), and directed the national mentoring program for female assistant professors in economics.

She also served 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, a committee 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.

The Annual Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture is held in honor of Herbert Lourie, M.D., a distinguished physician and member of the national and international medical communities in the field of neurosurgery. Each lecture in this series hosts a notable speaker from one of the many facets of the health care field.


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Exterior of Maxwell in black and white when there was no Eggers building

We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.