Vivian Ho

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Vivian Ho, Ph.D., is the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, a professor in the Department of Economics at Rice University, and a professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Ho’s research examines the effects of economic incentives and regulations on the quality and costs of health care. Her research is widely published in economics, medical and health services research journals. Ho’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the American Cancer Society.

Ho has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Health Statistics, as well as on the NIH Health Services, Outcomes and Delivery study section. She is also a founding board member of the American Society for Health Economists and a board member for Community Health Choice. Ho received her A.B. in economics from Harvard University, a graduate diploma in economics from The Australian National University and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

Professor Ho’s most recent research program is in conjunction with the Health Policy Forum at the Baker Institute for Public Policy. This initiative has been tracking the rapid growth of freestanding emergency departments and their contribution to increased health care spending. Other on-going research programs include conducting research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research on the quality and cost implications of increased integration between hospitals and physicians. Her recent findings were funded by the National Cancer Institute and demonstrated the role that complications and processes of care play in raising costs for complex cancer surgery.

Research Areas

Health Economics, Industrial Organization


Ph.D., Economics, Stanford University, 1992

Graduate Diploma (pass with merit), Economics, Australian National University, 1985

A.B. (magna cum laude), Economics, Harvard University, 1984


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