Rajiv L. Sharma
Dr. Rajiv L. Sharma
Ph.D. Economics, University of Florida, August 1998.
M.S. Economics, University of Florida, May, 1995.
B.S. Magna Cum Laude, Economics, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX, May 1993
Professor Sharma specializes in microeconomics and health economics. Some journals where his research has been published include the RAND Journal of Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Medical Care and the American Journal of Public Health. He has collaborated extensively with physicians, and has advised public agencies on health and economic issues. Professor Sharma has led the Longitudinal Access to Physicians Study (LAPS) since its inception in 2013. LAPS audits primary care physicians nationally to assess the effects of state and federal policies on access to health care.
Rajiv Sharma has created a series of videos on fundamental lessons from economics:
- Health Care Economics
- Microeconomic Theory
- Access and disparities in health care
- Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of medical interventions
- The patient-physician relationship and medical decision-making
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publicationshttps://media.pdx.edu/media/0_wwzznf1v
Sharma R, Mitra A, Stone M. Insurance, Race/Ethnicity, and Sex in the Search for a New Physician. Economics Letters 137, 150-153, 2015.
Sharma R, Stano M. Implications of an economic model of health states worse than dead. Journal of Health Economics 29, 536-540, 2010.
Dickinson KC, Sharma R, Duckart JP, Corson K, Gerrity MS, Dobscha SK. VA Healthcare costs of a collaborative intervention for chronic pain in primary care. Medical Care 48, 38-44, 2010.
Sharma R, Haas M, Stano M, Spegman A, Gehring R. Determinants of costs and pain improvement for medical and chiropractic care of low back pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 32, 252-61, 2009.
Sharma R, Stano M, Gehring R. Short-term fluctuations in hospital demand: Implications for admissions, discharges, and discriminatory behavior. RAND Journal of Economics 39, 586-606, 2008.
Haas M, Sharma R, Stano M. Relative cost-effectiveness of medical and chiropractic care for acute and chronic low back pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 28, 555-63, 2005.
Haas M, Groupp E, Muench J, Kraemer D, Brummel-Smith K, Sharma R, Ganger B, Attwood M, Fairweather A. Chronic disease self-management program for low back pain in the elderly. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 28, 228-37, 2005.
Sharma R, Stano M, Haas M, Adjusting to changes in health: Implications for cost-effectiveness analysis. Journal of Health Economics 23, 335-351, 2004.
Sharma R, Haas M, Stano M. Patient attitudes, insurance, and other determinants of self-referral to medical and chiropractic physicians. American Journal of Public Health 93, 2111-2117, 2003.
Wisniewski J., Brigham W., Tinkler S., Stano M., and Sharma R. Mediators of Discrimination in Primary Care Appointment Access. Economics Letters 200 (3 2021). doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.
Tinkler, S. Sharma, R., Susu-Mago, R., Pal, S., and Stano, M. Access to US primary care physicians for new patients concerned about smoking/g or weight. Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.04.031
Sharma R., Tinkler S., Mitra A, Pal S., Susu-Mago R., and Stano M. State Medicaid fees and access to primary care physicians. Health Economics. 2017;1–8. DOI: 10.1002/hec.3591
Tinkler, S. Sharma, R., Pal, S., Susu-Mago, R., and Stano, M. Offers of appointments with nurse practitioners if a requested physician is unavailable. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. April, 2017. DOI: 10.1002/2327-6924.12404.
Sharma R., Mitra A., and Stano, M. Insurance, Race/ethnicity, and Sex in the Search for a New Physician. Economics Letters 137 (12 2015): 150-53. doi:10.1016/j.econlet.2015.11.005.
"Access and disparities before and after the ACA's major insurance expansion: 2013-2016 results from a national audit of primary care physicians". Presented at the Quantitative Data analysis to improve the live of youth (QDAILY) seminar, Portland State University, May 2018, Sarah Tinkler.
"Access and disparities before and after the ACA's major insurance expansion: 2013-2016 results from a national audit of primary care physicians". Presented at the Department of Family Medicine. Oregon Health & Sciences University, February 13, 2018, Rajiv Sharma.
“Access to Primary Care Physicians Since the ACA’s Insurance Expansions”. Presented at the Department of Economics seminar, Weber State University October 13, 2017, Rajiv Sharma.
“Longitudinal Access to Physicians Study (LAPS)”. Presented at Weber State University, October 13, 2017, Rajiv Sharma.
“Access to Primary Care Physicians Since the ACA’s Insurance Expansions”. Presented at the International Health Economics Association, Boston 2017 Biennial World Congress, July 9, 2017, Rajiv Sharma.
“Access to Primary Care Physicians Since the ACA’s Insurance Expansions”. Presented at the HSR&D Center of Innovation, Portland VA Medical Center, March 24, 2017, Rajiv Sharma.
“Medicaid Generosity and Disparities in Access to Primary Care”. Presented at the Annual Pacific Northwest Labor Day Workshop, Department of Economics, University of Washington, September 23, 2016, Sarah Tinkler.
“Medicaid Payments and Access to Primary Care Physicians”. Presented at the 91st Annual Conference, Western Economic Association International, July 2, 2016, Rajiv Sharma.
“Offers of Appointments with Nurse Practitioners if a Requested Physician is Unavailable”. Presented at the 91st Annual Conference, Western Economic Association International, July 2, 2016, Sudeshna Pal
"Medicaid Payments and Access to Primary Care Physicians". Presented at the Department of Economics Seminar, Portland State University, May 27, 2016, Rajiv Sharma
"Finding a new doctor in the US: Obamacare baseline results from an audit study". Presented at the Department of Economics Seminar, February 20, 2015, Rajiv Sharma and Arnab Mitra
These videos describe the fundamentals of economics that, in my opinion, every student who takes an economics course at Portland State University should be familiar with. The videos are meant to be watched in sequence to optimize your learning experience.
To get the most out of these videos, you should take extensive notes while watching them (this is required of students enrolled in my classes). The notes should be a great deal more detailed than what is written down in the videos. You will have to pause videos in order to take notes. If there is something you don’t understand, please rewind the video and watch again the portion that you don’t understand. If you still do not understand the argument, please raise it with your teacher.
1. Fundamental principles and choice. (3:08 minutes)
2. The cost of something is what you give up to obtain it.(3:55 minutes)
3. Incentives affect behavior. (4:34 minutes)
4. Factors other than incentives also affect behavior (1:11 minutes)
5. What makes a country wealthy? (9:27 minutes)
6. Determinants of productivity (6:15 minutes)
7. Human capital and the value of reducing risks to life. (7:30 minutes)
8. Human capital, productivity, and the standard of living. (7:15 minutes)
9. Human capital from an individual’s perspective. (3:04 minutes)
10. Gains from trade arise due to specialization. (5:34 minutes)
11. Dealing with problems caused by trade. (4:57 minutes)
12. Markets are usually good at organizing economic activity. (7:53 minutes)
13. Government policy can help when markets fail to provide the correct information and incentives. (6:25 minutes)
14. One person’s spending is another person’s income. (5:33 minutes)
15. Sometimes, spending can get out of balance with the productive capacity of the economy.(3:40 minutes)
16. Changes in government spending can help to restore the balance between spending and productive capacity in the economy. (4:51 minutes)
17. Changes in interest rates by the Federal Reserve Bank can also help to restore the balance between spending and productive capacity. (3:07 minutes)
18. Some inequality is necessary for efficiency, but excessive inequality hurts efficiency and productivity. (5:42 minutes)