Bio


Thomas MaCurdy is a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute of Economic Policy Research, and he further holds appointments as a Professor of Economics and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. MaCurdy has published numerous articles and reports in professional journals and general-interest public policy venues, and he has served in an editorial capacity for several journals. He is a widely-recognized economist and expert in applied econometrics, who has developed and implemented a wide range of empirical approaches analyzing the impacts of policy in the areas of healthcare and social service programs. MaCurdy directs numerous projects supporting the activities and operations of the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Congressional Budget Office (CBO), General Accounting Office (GAO), and Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), and Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), and he has served as a member of several standing technical review committees for many federal and state government agencies (e.g., CBO, Census, BLS, California Health Benefits Review Program). MaCurdy currently supervises several empirical projects that support CMS regulatory policy responsible for the establishment of Healthcare Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

Academic Appointments


Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Fellow, Econometric Society
  • Fellow, Society of Labor Economics
  • Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
  • Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
  • Adjunct Fellow, Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Public Policy Institute
  • Editor, California Policy Review
  • Former Member of Editorial Board, Econometrica
  • Former Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Econometrics
  • Former Member of Editorial Board, Labour Economics
  • Former Member of Editorial Board, Review of Economics and Statistics
  • Member, American Economic Association
  • Member, American Statistical Association
  • Member of the Labor Advisory Committee, Institute for Research on Poverty
  • Member of the Labor Advisory Committee, United States Bureau of Statistics
  • Member of the Labor Advisory Committee, United States Census Bureau
  • Member of the Labor Advisory Committee, California Health Benefits Review Program
  • Member of the Labor Advisory Committee, Congressional Budget Office

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • B.A., University of Washington

2018-19 Courses


All Publications


  • A Practitioner’s Approach for Modeling Wage Dynamics Using Longitudinal Data Handbook of Econometrics MaCurdy, T. edited by Heckmen, J., Leamer, E. North Holland Publishing Company. 2007
  • Welfare The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics MaCurdy, T., Jones, J. edited by Henderson, D. 2006
  • Characterizing the Experiences of High-Cost Users in Medicare Analyses in the Economics of Aging MaCurdy, T., Geppert, J. edited by Wise, D. University of Chicago Press. 2005: 79–128
  • Helping Working-Poor Families: Advantages of Wage-Based Tax Credits Over the EITC and Minimum Wages MaCurdy, T., McIntyre, F. Employment Policies Institute. 2004
  • What Happens to Families When They Leave Welfare? MaCurdy, T., Marrufo, G., O'Brien-Strain, M. Public Policy Institute of California. 2003
  • How Does a Community’s Demographic Composition Alter Its Fiscal Burdens? Demography and Fiscal Policy MaCurdy, T., Nechyba, T. edited by Auerbach, A., Lee, R. Cambridge University Press. 2001: 101–148
  • Using Information on the Moments of Disturbances to Increase the Efficiency of Estimation Nonlinear Statistical Inference MaCurdy, T. edited by Hsiao, C., Powell, J. Cambridge University Press. 2001: 281–320
  • Labor Supply: A Review of Alternative Approaches Handbook of Labor Economics MaCurdy, T., Blundell, R. North Holland Publishing Company. 1999