Maria Polyakova

Maria Polyakova, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Stanford Health Policy
615 Crothers Way
Stanford, California 94305

(650) 498-7528 (voice)

Research Interests

Health economics; public finance; public policies and financing in social insurance, especially health insurance; aging; individual behavior and choices in health care and health insurance


Maria Polyakova, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Health Research and 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.