Ambar M La Forgia

Dr. La Forgia uses quantitative and qualitative methods to study the business strategies of organizations in the health care sector. This includes research on the impact of mergers and acquisitions on the cost and quality of health care. She is also interested in how information asymmetries and incentives can shape health care provider behavior. Dr. La Forgia received her PhD in Applied Economics and Managerial Science from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her BA (with honors) in Economics and Mathematics from Swarthmore College. Prior to Wharton, she worked in Washington, DC as a policy analyst for the Quantitative Economics and Statistics group of Ernst and Young.

Research Interests

Health inequities
Policy (policies)


Administrative data (state or national)
Medicaid Data
Vital statistics data