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Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy

Dara Lee Luca is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy. She is also an Economist at the Mathematica Policy Research. Her research focuses on understanding ways to improve health and well-being of vulnerable populations through policy intervention, and quantifying the economic impacts of health on human capital outcomes. She currently serves as principal investigator on several studies funded by the Social Security Administration aimed at understanding how best to support children and youth with disabilities. In other work focusing on the well-being of women, she is leading an analysis quantifying the societal cost of perinatal mood anxiety disorders in the United States, and is involved in several projects working on identifying promising interventions to prevent and reduce unintended pregnancy. She is also leading an cost-effectiveness analysis of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, the largest federal program in the US for people living with HIV/AIDS. She received her PhD in Economics from Boston University and her BA in Mathematics from Dartmouth College. 


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Poverty, Inequality & Opportunity
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