Austin B. Frakt

Austin B. Frakt, PhD

Research Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


Austin Frakt, Ph.D., is a Health Economist and Director of the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at the Boston VA Healthcare System. He is also a Professor of Health Law, Policy & Management with the Boston University School of Public Health and a Principal Research Scientist with the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Frakt is Editor-in-Chief of Health Services Research and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Managed Care.
He is also an Editor-in-Chief and a primary author of the evidence-based health policy blog The Incidental Economist.

Dr. Frakt has conducted research studies funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institute on Aging, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. His work has been published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Milbank Quarterly, Health Care Financing Review, Health Affairs, Health Economics, Health Services Research, International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, among other journals.

Dr. Frakt received his Ph.D. from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in statistical and applied mathematics. He also received a master’s degree from MIT, and his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Applied and Engineering Physics.

Other Positions

  • Visiting Associate Professor - Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD Field of Study: Electrical Engineering
  • Cornell University, BS
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SM/ScM Field of Study: Electrical Engineering

Classes Taught

  • SPHPM931


  • Published on 5/2/2022

    Strombotne KL, Legler A, Minegishi T, Trafton JA, Oliva EM, Lewis ET, Sohoni P, Garrido MM, Pizer SD, Frakt AB. Effect of a Predictive Analytics-Targeted Program in Patients on Opioids: a Stepped-Wedge Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 May 02. PMID: 35501628.

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  • Published on 4/5/2022

    Yee CA, Barr K, Minegishi T, Frakt A, Pizer SD. Provider supply and access to primary care. Health Econ. 2022 Apr 05. PMID: 35383414.

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  • Published on 3/11/2022

    Frakt A. From the Editor's Desk: Publishing in HSR in 2020. Health Serv Res. 2022 Jun; 57(3):437-438. PMID: 35218223.

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  • Published on 2/16/2022

    Frakt A, Tachibana C. From the Editors' Desk HSR's Outstanding Reviewers in 2021. Health Serv Res. 2022 04; 57(2):217. PMID: 35170760.

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  • Published on 2/1/2022

    Frakt AB, Peek ME. Editor's Desk: Taking action to address structural racism at Health Services Research. Health Serv Res. 2022 02; 57(1):5-6. PMID: 35038349.

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  • Published on 1/13/2022

    Yuan Y, Thomas KS, Van Houtven CH, Price ME, Pizer SD, Frakt AB, Garrido MM. Fewer potentially avoidable health care events in rural veterans with self-directed care versus other personal care services. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2022 May; 70(5):1418-1428. PMID: 35026056.

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  • Published on 12/1/2021

    Frakt AB. Editor's Desk: Increasing impact. Health Serv Res. 2021 12; 56(6):1085-1086. PMID: 34766337.

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  • Published on 10/1/2021

    Frakt AB. Editor's desk: Improving author experience. Health Serv Res. 2021 10; 56(5):745-746. PMID: 34661909.

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  • Published on 9/8/2021

    Kyle MA, Frakt AB. Patient administrative burden in the US health care system. Health Serv Res. 2021 10; 56(5):755-765. PMID: 34498259.

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  • Published on 8/19/2021

    Strombotne KL, Lum J, Ndugga NJ, Utech AE, Pizer SD, Frakt AB, Conlin PR. Effectiveness of a ketogenic diet and virtual coaching intervention for patients with diabetes: A difference-in-differences analysis. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2021 12; 23(12):2643-2650. PMID: 34351035.

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