The Eugene Garfield  Award for  Economic Impact of Medical and Health Research
was established in 2002.   The award is given each year to individuals who distinguish themselves through research publications demonstrating the economic impact of medical and health research.
The winners  are .....

Amalia R. Miller, PhD, and Catherine E. Tucker, PhD,
Award Winning Paper : "Can Health Care Information Technology Save Babies?"
Abstract available at :
The study, published in Journal of Political Economy, provides solid evidence that creating an electronic rather than a paper interface between patient information and health care providers reduces neonatal mortality. They further demonstrated that the cost of EMRs used for this purpose is minimal when measured against the societal benefits. 

Biographical Information:
Amalia R. Miller, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Economics Univrsity of Virginia
Catherine E. Tucker, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Northeastern University
Amanda Kowalski, Ph.D. and co-authors Douglas Almond, Joseph J. Doyle, Jr., and Heidi Williams
Award Winning Paper : "Estimating Marginal Returns to Medical Care: Evidence from At-Risk Newborns"
Full Text & Appendix available at :

Biographical Information:
Amanda Kowalski  Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Economics at Yale University
Frank R. Lichtenberg, PhD.
Award Winning Paper : "The Effect of New Cancer Drug Approvals on the Life Expectancy of American Cancer Patients, 1978 - 2004"
Abstract available at :
Biographical Information:
Frank R. Lichtenberg, Ph.D.  is the Courtney C. Brown Professor of Business at Columbia Business School, Columbia University.
2009 Darius N. Lakdawalla, Ph.D. and co-authors  Dana P. Goldman, Pierre-Carl Michaud, Neeraj Sood, Robert J. Lempert, Ze Cong, Han de Vries, Italo Gutierrez 

Award Winning Paper : "U.S. Pharmaceutical Policy in a Global Marketplace," published in Health Affairs  Vol. 28, No. 1, January/February 2009. 
(Full text available at Rand with permission from Health Affairs :

Biographical Information:
Darius N. Lakdawalla, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Director of Research, Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics

2008 Amitabh Chandra and Douglas O. Staiger
Award Winning Paper : Chandra, A; Staiger, DO. "Productivity spillovers in health care: Evidence from the treatment of heart attacks " Journal of Political Economy 115(1):103-140   February 2007. 
(Full text available at :

Biographical Information:
Amitabh Chandra, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of  Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  Visiting professor at Dartmouth. Faculty Research Fellow at the IZA Institute in Bonn, Germany, and at the National Bureau of Economic Research. 
Douglas O. Staiger, Ph.D.  John French Professor in Economics, Dartmouth College.  Research Associate,National Bureau of Economic Research. 

2007 Tomas J. Philipson and Anupam B. Jena  - Dr. Garfield's comments
Award Winning Paper : Tomas J. Philipson and Anupam B. Jena "Who Benefits from New Medical Technologies? Estimates of Consumer and Producer Surpluses for HIV/AIDS Drugs," Forum for Health Economics & Policy: Vol. 9: Iss. 2 (Biomedical Res and the Economy), 
Article 3., 2006

Biographical Information:
Tomas J. Philipson, Ph.D.Professor in the Harris School and a faculty member in the 
Department of Economics and the Law School, University of Chicago, IL. 
Anupam B. Jena, Ph.D. University of Chicago - Department of Economics, Chicago, IL

Amy Finklestein - Dr;. Garfield's comments
Award Winning Paper : ?Static and Dynamic Effects of Health Policy,? Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 119, No. 2, Pages 527-564, May 2004.  Posted Online Mar. 13, 2006.(doi:10.1162/0033553041382166)

Biographical Information:
Amy Finkelstein, Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 
Cambridge MA 02142 

2005 Kevin Murphy and Robert H. Topel - Dr. Garfied's comments
Award Winning Study : ?The Economic Value of Medical Research? Chapter 2 from the book ... 
Measuring the Gains from Medical Research: An Economic Approach
Editors -  Kevin M. Murphy, Robert H. Topel, University of Chicago Press, pgs.263,  2003 

Biographical Information
Kevin Murphy, Ph.D., George J. Stigler Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, 
University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Recent recipient of a 2005 MacArthur Foundation ?genius grant.? 
Robert H. Topel, Ph.D.,  Isidore Brown and Gladys J. Brown Professor in Urban and Labor Economics, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business

Sherry Glied - Dr. Garfield's comments
Award Winning Paper : Glied, Sherry A. "The Value of Reductions in Child Injury 
Mortality in the U.S." 
 NBER Working Paper No. W7204. July 1999

Biographical Information :
Sherry Glied, Ph.D, Professor and Chair of the Division of Health Policy and 
Management of Columbia University's Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health 

2003 David Cutler- Dr. Garfield's comments
Award Winning Paper : "The Return to Biomedical Research: Treatment and Behavioral Effects", 
in Robert Topel and Kevin Murphy, eds., Measuring the Gains from Medical Research, Chicago: 
University of Chicago Press, 2003. pdf available

Biographical Information:
David Cutler, PhD, Professor of Economics, Harvard University.

2002 David Meltzer - Dr. Garfield's comments
Award Winning Paper : ?Addressing Uncertainty in Medical Cost-effectiveness Analysis: Implications of Expected Utility Maximization for Methods to Perform Sensitivity Analysis and the Use of Cost-effectiveness 
Analysis to Set Priorities for Medical Research? Journal of Health Economics, 20(1):109-129, 2001
MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine and Economics, University of  Chicago.

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David Meltzer, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine and Economics,  University of  Chicago.