Frank A. Sloan

J. Alexander McMahon Professor of Health Policy and Management and Faculty Fellow of the Center for Child and Family Policy

Frank Sloan is the J. Alexander McMahon professor of health policy and management and a professor of economics at Duke University.

His current research interests include alcohol use and smoking prevention, long-term care, medical malpractice, and cost-effectiveness analyses of medical technologies. He also has a long-standing interest in hospitals, including regulation of hospitals, health care financing, and health manpower.

His work at the Center includes the project Effects of Drug Treatment Courts on Outcomes of Adults and their Children, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and Studying Whether Two North Carolina Legal Interventions Reduce Child Maltreatment, a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Before joining the faculty at Duke in July 1993, he was a research economist at the Rand Corporation and served on the faculties of the University of Florida and Vanderbilt University. Sloan completed his undergraduate work at Oberlin College and received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Research Interests:

  • Health Economics
  • Economics
  • Labor Economics / Economics of the Household
  • Behavioral Economics


  • Ph.D. Harvard University - 1969
  • A.B. (high honors in Economics) Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio - 1964

Recent Publications (More Publications)

  • F.A. Sloan with L. Chepke (2008) Medical Malpractice
  • F.A. Sloan, co-edited with H. Kasper (2008) Incentives and Choice in Health Care
  • F.A. Sloan, co-edited with Hellen Gellband (2007) Cancer Control Opportunities in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
  • Sloan, FA; Hsieh, CR (2007) Pharmaceutical innovation: Incentives, competition, and cost-benefit analysis in international perspective
  • Sloan, FA; Chepke, LM (2007) The law and economics of public health
  • F.A. Sloan with J. Ostermann, G. Picone, C. Conover, and D.H. Taylor, Jr. (2004) The Price of Smoking
  • F.A. Sloan with V.K. Smith and D.H. Taylor, Jr. (2003) The Smoking Puzzle: Information, Risk Perception, and Choice
  • F.A. Sloan with Stout, E., Whetten-Goldstein, K., and Liang, L. (2000) Drinkers, Drivers, and Bartenders: Balancing Private Choices and Public Accountability
  • (1995) Valuing Health Care: Costs, Benefits, and Effectiveness of Pharmaceuticals and Other Medical Technologies
  • Khwaja, A; Sloan, F; Wang, Y (2009) Do smokers value their health and longevity less? Journal of Law & Economics, 52, 171-196, [doi], [abs]
  • Sloan, FA; Shadle, JH (2009) Is there empirical evidence for "Defensive Medicine"? A reassessment. Journal of Health Economics, 28, 481-491, [19201500], [doi], [abs]
  • Sloan, FA; Khwaja, A; Silverman, D; Wang, Y (2009) Are Smokers Misinformed? Journal of Health Economics, 28, 385-397, [19178971], [doi], [abs]
  • Sloan, FA; Wang, Y (2008) Economic theory and evidence on smoking behavior of adults. Addiction, 103, 1777-1785, [18778387], [doi], [abs]
  • Sloan, F; Chepke, L (2008) From medical malpractice to quality assurance Issues in science and technology, 24, 63-70, , [abs]
  • Sloan, FA; Khwaja, A; Chung, S (2007) Individual Expectations and Behaviors: Evidence of the Relationships between Mortality Expectations and Smoking Decisions Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 35, 179-201, [doi], [abs]
  • Khwaja, A; Silverman, D; Sloan, F (2007) Time preference, time discounting, and smoking decisions Journal of Health Economics, 26, 927-949, [doi], [abs]
  • Arcidiacono, P; Sieg, H; Sloan, F (2007) Living rationally under the volcano? An empirical analysis of heavy drinking and smoking International Economic Review, 48, 37-65, [doi], [abs]
  • Khwaja, A; Silverman, D; Sloan, F; Wang, Y (2007) Smoking, wealth accumulation and the propensity to plan Economics Letters, 94, 96-103, [doi], [abs]