David Bishai

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Bishai is a physician and leading health economist specializing in the economic evaluation of public health programs particularly in maternal and child health. Several projects work to identify the role of public health departments and government spending on population health and lower child mortality.

Dr. Bishai’s repertoire spans mathematical models of diseases, cost-effectiveness, randomized trials of health interventions, and econometric estimation of program effects. His work has highlighted how socioeconomic disparities alter the effectiveness of vaccines and how the personal and national demand for vaccines is affected by economic status. Current projects evaluate the performance of local health departments and their impact on health in USA, Uganda, Mozambique, and Botswana.

Dr. Bishai leads the school’s Interdepartmental Health Economics Program and directs the certificate program in Public Health Economics. He teaches courses on health economics and macroeconomic development in both undergraduate and graduate campuses. He publishes regularly in Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics and Health Policy and Planning and is an associate editor of Economics and Human Biology and Health Economics.

Dr. Bishai received his Ph.D. in Health Care Systems from the Wharton School of Business in 1996. In 1987, he received his M.D. from the University of California at San Diego, and his M.P.H. from UCLA. His residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics was completed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. He is a member of the Economic Research Forum of the Middle East and Turkey, the American Economics Association, the International Health Economics Association, and the American Public Health Association. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Selected Publications:

  • Bishai, D., Li, Q., & Ma, S. (2014). Economic Recessions and Infant Mortality in the US, 1999-2008. International Journal of Child Health and Nutrition, 3(1), 60-66.
  • Bishai, D., A. LaFevre, et al. (2013). "The cost of service quality improvements: tracking the flow of funds in social franchise networks in Myanmar." Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation 11(14).
  • Dowdy, D., D. Bishai, et al. (2013). "Setting clinical priorities: a framework for incorporating individual patient preferences." Patient Educ Couns 90(1): 141-143.
  • Johns B, Munthali S, Walker D, Masanjala W Bishai D (2013) A cost function analysis of child health services in four districts in Malawi Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation 11(1): 10.
  • Colchero MA, Bishai D. Weight and earnings among childbearing women in Metropolitan Cebu, Philippines (1983-2002). Econ Hum Biol. 2012 Jul;10(3):256-63.
  • Esperato A*, Bishai D, Hyder AA. Projecting the health and economic impact of road safety initiatives: a case study of a multi-country project. Traffic Inj Prev. 2012;13 Suppl 1:82-9.
  • Stack, M. L., S. Ozawa, Bishai, D et al. (2011). "Estimated economic benefits during the 'decade of vaccines' include treatment savings, gains in labor productivity." Health Aff (Millwood) 30(6): 1021-1028.
  • Bishai, D Nair, D. Adam T.. “Economics of Public Health Interventions for Children in Developing Countries” in Jones, A. Elgar Companion to Health Economics 2nd Edition Elgar Press, 2011.
  • Bishai, D. and Opuni, M*. “Are infant mortality declines exponential? The general pattern of 20th century infant mortality rate decline. Population Health Metrics 7 p 13-18 2009
  • Opuni, M*, Bishai D, McIntyre, J, Gray, J, Martinson, N. "Preferences for characteristics of antiretroviral therapy: Results of a conjoint analysis" AIDS Behav 14(4): 807-15. 2009
  • Yang, Z, Bishai, D. (2008) Convergence of Body Mass with Aging: The Longitudinal Interrelationship of Health, Weight, and Survival. Economics and Human Biology 6(3)469-481 .
  • Colchero, A* and Bishai, D. (2008) The effect of neighborhood exposures on changes in weight among women in Cebu (1983-2002)" American Journal of Epidemiology Mar 1;167(5):615-23.
  • Uscher-Pines L*, Barnett DJ, Sapsin JW, Bishai DM, Balicer RD (2007). A systematic analysis of influenza vaccine shortage policies. Public Health 122(2) p. 18391
  • Bishai D, Mirchandani G*, Pariyo G, Burnham G, Black R. 2007 “The cost of quality improvements due to integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI) in Uganda.” Health Econ 17 (10 5-19. DOI: 10.1002/hec.1231
  • Bishai, D. Opuni, M*. Poon, A. “Does the Level of Infant Mortality Affect the Rate of Decline? Time Series Data from 21 Countries” Economics and Human Biology 2007 5(1) 74-81.
  • Bishai, D. and Kung, Yung-Ting*, “Macroeconomics and Health” in Macrosocial determinants of population health Springer Press, 2007
  • Bishai D, Hyder A. Modeling the Cost Effectiveness of Injury Interventions in Lower and Middle Income Countries: Opportunities and Challenges. Journal of Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation 4(1):2 2006. .
  • Bishai, D. “Lifecycle Changes in Time Preference: Testing Becker’s Theory of Endogenous Time Preference.” 17:583-602 Journal of Population Economics 2005.
  • Bishai, D, Hyder, A, Ghaffar, A, Morrow, R, Kobusingye, O. “Rates of Public Investment For Road Safety In Developing Countries: Case Studies of Uganda and Pakistan”, 18(2) p. 232-235 Health Policy and Planning 2003
  • Bishai, D. Niessen, L, Shrestha, M. “Local governance and community financing of primary care: evidence from Nepal” Health Policy Plan. 2002;17 202-206.
  • Koenig, M. Bishai, D. Khan, M. “Child Survival Interventions and Health Equity: Evidence from Matlab, Bangladesh” Population and Development Review 27 (2) 283-302 June 2001.
  • Bishai, D, "Public Health" in The Encyclopedia of American Culture. Ed. Gary McDonough Robert Gregg, Cindy Wong, Routledge, 2001, p.588,589.
  • Bishai, D. Infant mortality time series are random walks with drift: are they cointegrated with socioeconomic variables? Health Economics, 4(3) 157-168, 1995.
  • Bishai, D., Bhatt, S., Miller, L., and Hayden, G. "Vaccine storage practices in pediatric offices". Pediatrics 89(2) 193-196, 1992.

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