Assistant Professor of Health Economics and Policy
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Vilsa Curto is an Assistant Professor of Health Economics and Policy at Harvard University. Her appointment is in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Curto’s research focuses on health care economics in the United States. Specifically, her work seeks to understand when government interventions, including direct provision of health care, pricing regulations in health insurance markets, and the establishment of highly regulated marketplaces, are appropriate in the healthcare sector. Her research has examined topics such as the effect of Medigap coverage on healthcare spending and utilization, the efficiency of Medicare Advantage, and the impact of early Medicaid expansions under the Affordable Care Act. She has presented her work at several conferences and external seminars, including the American Economic Association annual meetings. Her past awards include the Colleen and Robert D. Haas Graduate Fellowship and the Becker Friedman Institute Health Economics Fellowship. She is an ad hoc referee for several economics journals, including American Economic Journal: Applied Economics and the Journal of Health Economics.
Dr. Curto received a BA in mathematics from Harvard University and a PhD in economics from Stanford University.
Faculty webpage: https://scholar.harvard.edu/vcurto