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Maria Polyakova, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Health Policy

Encina Commons,
615 Crothers Way Room 182,
Stanford, California 94305-6006

(650) 498-7528 (voice)

Biography

Maria Polyakova, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Her research investigates questions surrounding the role of government in the design and financing of health insurance systems. She is especially interested in the relationships between public policies and individuals’ decision-making in health care and health insurance, as well as in the risk protection and re-distributive aspects of health insurance systems. She received a BA degree in Economics and Mathematics from Yale University, and a PhD in Economics from MIT.

publications

Working Papers
April 2021

Risk Perceptions and Protective Behaviors: Evidence from COVID-19 Pandemic

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Risk Perceptions and Protective Behaviors: Evidence from COVID-19 Pandemic
Journal Articles
October 2020

Initial Economic Damage From the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States Is More Widespread Across Ages and Geographies Than Initial Mortality Impacts

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Initial Economic Damage From the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States Is More Widespread Across Ages and Geographies Than Initial Mortality Impacts
Journal Articles
July 2018

ACA Marketplace Premiums and Competition Among Hospitals and Physician Practices

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ACA Marketplace Premiums and Competition Among Hospitals and Physician Practices

In The News

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Association of Family Income with Morbidity and Mortality Among Low-Income Children

In this cross-sectional study of nearly 800,000 U.S. participants aged 5 to 17 years with family income under 200% of the federal poverty threshold, researchers found that higher family income was significantly associated with a lower prevalence of diagnosed infections, mental health disorders, injury, asthma, anemia, and substance use disorders and lower 10-year mortality.
Association of Family Income with Morbidity and Mortality Among Low-Income Children
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New Data on All-Cause Deaths and Economic Impacts in the First Year of Pandemic by Ethnicity, Income, and Education

Health economist Maria Polyakova conducts detailed analysis of the first-year impact of the COVID-19 pandemic among people based on their race and ethnicity, employment and education.
New Data on All-Cause Deaths and Economic Impacts in the First Year of Pandemic by Ethnicity, Income, and Education
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For Doctors, Taking Medical Advice Is Sometimes a Hard Pill to Swallow

Doctors often complain that patients don’t follow instructions. But when it comes to their own medical care, physicians do not necessarily do a better job than their patients.
For Doctors, Taking Medical Advice Is Sometimes a Hard Pill to Swallow
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