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Seth Richards-Shubik

Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy

Office: 3016 Hamburg Hall
Voice: 412-268-4693
Email: sethrs'at'cmu'dot'edu
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Seth Richards-Shubik joined the Heinz College faculty in 2010 after completing a PhD in economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his PhD, Seth earned an MPA at the Maxwell School and worked as a research assistant at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His earlier professional experience includes time as a congressional aide and political campaign manager.

Seth's research focuses on network economics and certain problems in health economics. He has applied network models to study peer effects in adolescent sexual behavior and financial contagion in the European debt crisis. Other work considers the effect of professional networks on medical decisionmaking, as well as the potentially competing influences of patient outcomes and monetary incentives. Additionally Seth has studied domestic health disparities and their implications for retirement policy and innovation policy.


PhD, University of Pennsylvania
MPA, Maxwell School of Syracuse University
BA, Harvard University


  •  Horrace, William C., Seth Richards-Shubik, and Ian A. Wright. 2014. “Expected Efficiency Ranks from Parametric Stochastic Frontier Models.” Empirical Economics, forthcoming.

  • Cutler, David M., Ellen Meara, and Seth Richards-Shubik. 2012. “Induced Innovation and Social Inequality: Evidence from Infant Medical Care.” Journal of Human Resources, 47(2): 456-492.

  • Horrace, William C., and Seth Richards-Shubik. 2012. “A Monte Carlo Study of Ranked Efficiency Estimates from Frontier Models.” Journal of Productivity Analysis, 38(2): 155-165.

  • Cutler, David M., Fabian Lange, Ellen Meara, Seth Richards-Shubik, and Christopher J. Ruhm. 2011. “Rising Educational Gradients in Mortality: The Role of Behavioral Risk Factors.” Journal of Health Economics, 30(6): 1174-87.

  • David, Guy, Sara Markowitz, and Seth Richards-Shubik. 2010. “The Effects of Pharmaceutical Marketing and Promotion on Adverse Drug Events and Regulation.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2(4): 1-25.

  • Meara, Ellen R., Seth Richards, and David M. Cutler. 2008. “The Gap Gets Bigger: Changes in Mortality and Life Expectancy by Education, 1981-2000.” Health Affairs, 27(2): 350-360.

  • Richards, Seth. 2005. “A Social Network Analysis into the David Kelly Tragedy.” Connections, 26(2): 25-32.

Working Papers

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