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Health Economics Scholar Anthony LoSasso Appointed Economics Chair

Professor of Economics and Driehaus Fellow Anthony LoSasso
Professor of Economics and Driehaus Fellow Anthony LoSasso

The Driehaus College of Business at DePaul University has appointed Anthony LoSasso, a nationally recognized scholar in the field of health economics, as chair of its Department of Economics. LoSasso assumes his new role on July 1, succeeding Tony Krautmann, who is stepping down at the end of the academic year after a six-year tenure as chair.

A Double Demon and Driehaus Fellow, LoSasso leads DePaul’s MBA concentration in Healthcare Markets & Analytics and hosts the Department of Economics’ Health Economics Speaker series, a forum that brings together academic and industry experts for discussion of current issues in this field.

“Anthony has distinguished himself as a leading researcher on economic analysis of health care policy, services and outcomes,” says Thomas Donley, interim dean of the Driehaus College of Business. “We’re proud to have recently welcomed him back to join our faculty and now to his new role as chair of the department, where his keen interest in economics began to develop.”

LoSasso’s research explores the impact of health care service policy decisions. Among the issues he has examined is how health insurance benefit design affects healthcare use and, ultimately, health. His scholarship has attracted significant funding, including grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He served as the executive director of the American Society of Health Economists from 2012 to 2019.

“I’m excited, honored and humbled to become the next chair of the Department of Economics,” LoSasso says. “I’m looking forward to working with—and learning from—our faculty, staff and students to refine our educational offerings so we can insure that our students have the skills and knowledge they need to compete in the job market. We have a fantastic department of caring scholars and educators, which makes me a very lucky person.”

LoSasso joined DePaul’s business college faculty in 2019 after previously teaching at the University of Illinois-Chicago and Northwestern University. He earned his PhD in economics from Indiana University-Bloomington and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in economics from DePaul.

“As a first-generation college student and DePaul alumnus from this very department, this is a particularly special moment for me,” LoSasso says. “I know what DePaul meant to me, and how life-changing the experience was. It’s thrilling to be able to shape t​his experience for the next generation of economics students at DePaul.”

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