Michael A. Morrisey, PhD

Emeritus Professor
Michael Morrisey is Professor Emeritus of Economics in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy.   His research interests have largely focused on employer sponsored health insurance, on the effects of legislation and regulation in health and health care, on hospital economics, and on labor market issues in health economics and health services administration.  His clinically related work has examined the economic and disease burden of osteoporosis. The second edition of Dr. Morrisey's textbook, Health Insurance, was published by Health Administration Press in 2014 and can be found at:


Health Insurance by Dr. Michael Morrisey

Dr. Morrisey is the author of five other books, over 165 peer reviewed papers on health economics and health policy, over 45 encyclopedia and other publications and 45 technical reports. He is a professor in the Department of Health Policy & Management at Texas A&M University (http://sph.tamhsc.edu/hpm/) , an Adjunct Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (http://www.aei.org/), a fellow of the Employee Benefits Research Institute (https://www.ebri.org/) and has been a member of several editorial boards.  He is the Treasurer of the American Society of Health Economists and served for ten years as the treasurer and then secretary/treasurer of the International Health Economics Association.   He was the first recipient of the John Thompson Young Investigator Award for health services research given by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.  In 2000 Dr. Morrisey was the recipient of the UAB School of Public Health Distinguished Investigator Award, in 2001 received the UAB School of Public Health President's Award for Teaching, and in 2014 he received the UAB School of Public Health Outstanding Faculty Service Award. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington (Seattle). 


Selected Recent Publications:
Insurance, Medicare and CHIP:
Morrisey, M.A., Blackburn, J., Sen, B., Becker, D.J., Kilgore, M.L., Caldwell, C., and Menachemi, N., "The Effects of Premium Changes on ALL Kids, Alabama's CHIP Program," Medicare and Medicaid Research Review 2(3):E1-E17 (2012).
Sen, B., Blackburn, J., Morrisey, M.A., Kilgore, M.L., Becker, D.J., Caldwell, C., and Menachemi, N., "Did Copayment Changes Reduce Health Service Usage among CHIP Enrollees: Evidence from Alabama" Health Services Research 47(4):1603-1620 (August 2012).
Morrisey, M.A., Kilgore, M.L., Becker, D.J., Smith, W., and Delzell, E., "Favorable Selection, Risk Adjustment and the Medicare Advantage Program," Health Services Research 48(3): 1039-2056 (June 2013).
Sen, B., Blackburn, J., Morrisey, M.A., Kilgore, M.L., Becker, D.J., Caldwell, C., and Menachemi, N., "Effectiveness of Preventive Dental-Visits in Reducing Non-Preventive Dental Services & Expenditures for Continuously-Enrolled CHIP Enrollees," Pediatrics 131(6):1107-1113 (June 2013).
Morrisey, M.A., "Chapter 33: Health Insurance in the United States," in G. Dionne, ed. Handbook of Insurance, Second Edition, pp:957-996 (New York: Springer) (2013).
Sen, B., Blackburn, J., Morrisey, M.A., Becker, D.J., Kilgore, M.L., Caldwell, C., and Menachemi, N., "Can Increases in CHIP Copayments Reduce Program Expenditures on Prescription Drugs?" Medicare and Medicaid Research Review 4(2): E1–E18 (2014). 
Motor Vehicle Safety:
Grabowski, D.C. and Morrisey, M.A., "Gasoline Prices and Motor Vehicle Fatalities," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 23(3):575-593 (2004).
Grabowski, D.C., Campbell, C.M. and Morrisey, M.A., "Elderly Licensure Laws and Motor Vehicle Fatalities." Journal of the American Medical Association 291(23):2840-2846 (June 16, 2004).
Dee, T.S., Grabowski, D.C., and Morrisey, M.A., "Graduated Driver Licensing and Teen Traffic Fatalities," Journal of Health Economics 24(3):571-581 (May 2005).
Grabowski, D.C. and Morrisey, M.A., "Systemwide Implications of the Repeal of the National Maximum Speed Limit," Accident Analysis and Prevention 39(1):180-189 (January 2007).
Morrisey, M.A. and Grabowski, D.C. "Gas Prices, Beer Taxes and GDL Programmes: Effects on Auto Fatalities among Young Adults," Applied Economics  43(25):3645-3654 (October 2011).
Ferdinand, A.O., Menachemi, N., Sen, B., Blackburn, J., Morrisey, M.A., Nelson, L.J., "The Impact of Texting Laws on Motor Vehicular Fatalities in the U.S.," American Journal of Public Health 104(8): 1370-1377 (August 2014).
Medical Malpractice:
Nelson, L.J., Morrisey, M.A. and Kilgore, M.L., "Damage Caps in Medical Malpractice Cases," Milbank Quarterly 85(2):259-286 (Summer 2007).
Kilgore, M.K., Morrisey, M.A. and Nelson, L.J., "Effects of Tort Reforms on Medical Malpractice Insurance Premiums" Inquiry 43(3):255-270 (Fall 2006).
Morrisey, M.A., Kilgore, M.L., and Nelson, L.J., "Medical Malpractice Reform and Employer Sponsored Health Insurance Premiums," Health Services Research 43(6):2124-2142 (December 2008).
Nelson, L.J., Morrisey, M.A., and Becker, D.J., "Medical Liability and Health Care Reform," Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine 21(2):443-520 (October 2011).
Health Economists/Health Administration:
Cawley, J. and Morrisey, M.A., "The Earnings of U.S. Health Economists" Journal of Health Economics 26(2):358-372 (March 2007).
Morrisey, M.A. and Cawley, J. "U.S. Health Economists: Who We Are and What We Do," Health Economics 17(4):535-543 (April 2008).
Morrisey, M.A. and Cawley, J. "The Production of Published Research by U.S. Academic Health Economists," International Journal of Healthcare Finance and Economics 8(2):87-111 (June 2008).
Menachemi, N., Morrisey, M., Cawley, J., Ginter, P., "The Earnings of University Faculty in Health Administration: What Characteristics Influence Pay?" Journal of Health Administration Education, 26(3):157-170 (Summer 2009).
Menachemi, N., Morrisey, M.A., Au, D.W., and Ginter, P., "Job Responsibilities and Expectations of Assistant Professors: Does School of Employment Matter?" Journal of Health Administration Education 26(4):278-291 (Fall 2009).
Sen, B., Morrisey, M.A., Ginter, P.M., and Menachemi, N. "Analyzing the Gender Gap in the Salary of Health Administration Faculty," Journal of Health Administration Education 29(4):303-317 (Fall 2012).
Cawley, J., Morrisey, M. and Simon, K., "The Earnings and Consulting Income of U.S. Health Economists:  Results from the 2012 Survey of the American Society of Health Economists," American Journal of Health Economics (forthcoming 2015).
Osteoporosis and Fractures:
Cheng, H.C., Gary, L.C., Curtis, J.R., Saag, K.G., Kilgore, M.L., Morrisey, M.A., Matthews, R., Smith, W., Yun, H., and Delzell, E., "Estimated Prevalence and Patterns of Presumed Osteoporosis Among Older Americans Based on Medicare Data," Osteoporosis International 20(9):937-941 (September 2009).
Kilgore, M.L., Morrisey, M.A., Becker, D.J., Gary, L.C., Curtis, J.R., Saag, K.G., Yun, M.S., Matthews, R., Smith, W., Taylor, A, Arora, M.S., and Delzell, E., "Health Care Expenditures Associated with Skeletal Fractures Among Medicare Beneficiaries, 1999-2005," Journal of Bone & Mineral Research 24(12):2050-2055 (December 2009).
Becker, D.J., Yun, H., Kilgore, M.L., Gary, L.C., Curtis, J.R., Delzell, E., Saag, K.G., and Morrisey, M.A., "Health Services Utilization after Fractures: Evidence from Medicare," Journal of Gerontology: Medical Science 65(9):1012-1020 (September 2010).
Taylor, A.J., Gary, L.C., Arora, T., Becker, D.J., Curtis, J.R., Kilgore, M.I., Morrisey, M.A., Saag, K.G., Matthews, R., Yun, H., Smith, W. and Delzell, E., "Clinical and Demographic Factors Associated with the Incidence of Fractures among Older Americans," Osteoporosis International 22(4):1263-1276 (April 2011).
Kilgore, M.L., Curtis, J.R., Delzell, E., Becker, D.J., Arora, T., Saag, K.G. and Morrisey, M.A., "A Close Examination of Health Care Expenditures Related to Fractures," Journal of Bone and Mineral Research 28(4): 816-820 (April 2013).
Tajeu, G., Delzell, E., Smith, W., Arora, T., Curtis, J., Saag, K., Morrisey, M.A., Yun, H., and Kilgore, M.L., "Death, Debility, and Destitution Following Hip Fracture," Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences 69(A): 346-353 (March 2014).