Health Policy

Dan Shane

  • Senior Research Fellow, Health Policy Research Program
  • Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
  • Associate Professor, Department of Economics


Dan Shane is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa. Shane received his Ph.D. in economics at Indiana University in 2012 with a focus in health economics and public finance. He has extensive training in model building and econometric methods at the forefront of the field. His most recent work focuses on an impact assessment of insurance expansions on the currently uninsured, specifically how increased coverage via ACA insurance exchanges or the dependent coverage mandate affects access to care and demand for key health services. He is also involved in the Public Policy Center’s evaluation of the expansion of the Iowa Medicaid program as part of the ACA, in particular how using the insurance exchanges and private insurance plans impacts outcomes for beneficiaries. His work has received recognition at national and international health economics conferences. Prior to his Ph.D., Shane spent more than 10 years as a strategic pricing analyst in the private sector, honing analytic methods to align company revenue objectives with competitive pressures amidst sales channel conflict.

Research Interests

  • Health economics
  • Health insurance
  • Health care reform
  • Policy evaluation
  • Public finance

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Economics, 2012, Indiana University
  • M.A., Economics, 2010, Indiana University
  • B.S., Economics, 1997, Bradley University