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Contact information:
Center for Health Policy
Encina Commons, Office 182
615 Crothers Way
Stanford, CA, 94305
Tel: (650) 498-7528
Email: maria.polyakova at

Research Statement

I am a health economist working at the intersection of public finance and industrial organization. My empirical research studies the equity and efficiency of government interventions in healthcare. My goal is to understand why some interventions are effective, while others become costly and distortionary for patients, their families, or healthcare providers. My most recent work develops the idea that health insurance can be a powerful labor market policy that affects the allocation of talent within and outside of healthcare


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Faculty Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
  • NBER Faculty Research Fellow (Health Care and Public Economics)
  • Research Network Affiliate, CESifo

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2014
  • BA, Economics & Mathematics, Yale University, 2008