John Mullahy, Ph.D., is an economist who specializes in health economics. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia (1985) and his B.A. in Economics magna cum laude from Georgetown University (1979), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He did postdoctoral work in health economics at Yale University and at the University of Connecticut Health Center.
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Prof. Mullahy is professor of Population Health Sciences, affiliate professor at the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program, co-director of graduate training at the Center for Demography and Ecology, and co-director of the NIMH-supported predoctoral T32 training program in Health and Mental Health Economics. He teaches and mentors in health economics, engaging students from a variety of campus units. Prof. Mullahy is also an honorary professor of economics at NUI Galway, a member of the advisory group of the Health, Econometrics, and Data Group at the University of York, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He currently serves as Co-Editor of Health Economics. Prof. Mullahy was a founding board member of the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon) and of the annual American Health Econometrics Workshop.
Prof. Mullahy’s previous appointments have been as an assistant/associate professor of Economics at Trinity College (CT), a lecturer in Economics, Public Health, and Organization and Management at Yale University, and a fellow at Resources for the Future. He was also a visiting professor at the Geary Institute at University College Dublin in 2005 and 2011-2014, and at the University of York in 2009.
Prof. Mullahy’s research interests include the evaluation of health interventions, comparative effectiveness analysis, analysis of patterns of healthcare spending and costs, health-related behaviors and time use, and the applications of econometric methods to problems in health economics and health policy analysis. His professional honors include being voted by department students as Outstanding Teacher in the Dept. of Population Health Sciences (2010) and being co-awardee (with Willard Manning) of the 2002 Kenneth J. Arrow Award of the International Health Economics Association for best paper published in health economics in 2001.
Prof. Mullahy’s major service activities at UW-Madison include elected memberships on the Social Studies Divisional (Tenure and Promotion) Committee (2011-2014) and the Academic Planning Council in the School of Medicine and Public Health (2006-2009), appointed Chairman of the Health Sciences Division Task Force (2002-2003), interim Chairman of the Dept. of Population Health Sciences (2000-2001), and member of the Medical School Tenure-Track Promotions Committee (1999-2002; Chair 2001-2002).