Sean is a professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management (PAM) at Cornell University and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to joining the PAM Department in 2004, Sean was a faculty member in the Health Care Systems Department at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Sean worked for four years as a management consultant with APM and taught high school for two years before enrolling in graduate school. He received a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1986 and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997.
Sean is currently conducting research in four areas: the value of new medical technologies; the benefits of physician specialization; the effect of financial incentives on physicians' treatment decisions; and the causes of autism. Specific research projects include: estimating a quality-adjusted price index for colon, breast, and lung cancer drugs in the United States; determining why the US spends more on cancer treatment than Europe and whether the additional spending is worth it; examining whether physicians' cancer treatment decisions depend on the profits they make when administering chemotherapy; and analyzing whether group practices foster physician specialization and whether patients benefit from specialization.
Epstein, Andrew J., and Sean Nicholson, 2009, "The Formation and Evolution of Physician Treatment Styles: An Application to Caesarean Sections," Journal of Health Economics 28: 1126-1140.
Asch, David A., Sean Nicholson, Sindhu Srinivas, Jeph Herrin, and Andrew J. Epstein, 2009, "Evaluating Obstetrical Residency Programs Using Patient Outcomes," Journal of the American Medical Association 302(12): 1277-1283.
Casalino, Lawrence P., Sean Nicholson, David N. Gans, Terry Hammons, Dante Morra, Theodore Karrison, and Wendy Levinson, 2009, "What Does It Cost Physician Practices to Interact With Health Insurance Plans?" Health Affairs web exclusive, May 14, 2009: w533-w543.
Waldman, Michael, Sean Nicholson, Nodir Adilov, and John Williams, 2008, "Autism Prevalence and Precipitation Rates in California, Oregon, and Washington Counties," Journal of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 162(11): 1026-1034.
Danzon, Patricia M., Andrew Epstein, and Sean Nicholson, 2007, "Mergers and Acquisitions in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industries," Managerial and Decision Economics 28: 307-328.
Arcidiacono, Peter and Sean Nicholson, 2005, "Peer Effects in Medical Schools," Journal of Public Economics 89(2): 327-350.
Nicholson, Sean, Patricia M. Danzon, and Jeffrey McCullough, 2005, "Biotech-Pharmaceutical Alliances as a Signal of Asset and Firm Quality," Journal of Business 78(4): 1433-1464.
Nicholson, S. (2005)., "How Much Do Medical Students Know About Physician Income?" Journal of Human Resources 40(1): 100-114.
Arcidiacono, P. and Nicholson, S. (2005), "Peer Effects in Medical Schools," Journal of Public Economics 89(2): 327-350.
Nicholson, S., Danzon, P.M., and McCullough, J.(2005), "Biotech-Pharmaceutical Alliances as a Signal of Asset and Firm Quality,"Journal of Business 78(4): 1433-1464.
Danzon, P.M., Nicholson, S. and Sousa Pereira, N. (2005). "Productivity in Biotech-Pharmaceutical R&D: The Role of Experience and Alliances," Journal of Health Economics, 24(2): 317- 339.
Nicholson, S. Physician Specialty Choice Under Uncertainty. (2002). Journal of Labor Economics, 20(4): 816-847.