Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

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Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Ldi entryway.jpg
Entrance to the Colonial Penn Center,
University of Pennsylvania.
Founder(s)Leonard and Sophie Davis
Established1967; 55 years ago (1967)
Focus(1) Care for vulnerable populations; (2) Coverage and access to health care; (3) Improving care for older adults; (4) Opioid epidemic.
Key peopleRachel M. Werner, Executive Director (2019–present)

Past Executive Directors:
Daniel Polsky 2012–2019
David A. Asch 1998–2012
J. Sanford Schwartz 1989–1998
Mark V. Pauly 1984–1989
John C. Hershey 1983–1984
William P. Pierskalla 1978–1983
Samuel P. Martin III 1974–1978
Robert D. Eilers 1967–1974
3641 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) is the center for health services research, health policy, and health care management education at the University of Pennsylvania.[1] It is based in the Colonial Penn Center on Locust Walk, at the heart of Penn's campus.

The focus of the LDI is on the organization, delivery, financing and management of health care and the social forces that shape health. LDI aims to improve health through multidisciplinary studies of the medical, economic, social, and ethical issues that influence it.[2][3]

The LDI is a formal collaborative venture among Penn's schools of Medicine (Perelman), Business (Wharton), Nursing, Communication (Annenberg), Law, and Dental Medicine along with The University of Pennsylvania Health System and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Associated faculty members and distinguished Senior Fellows hail from a wide variety of disciplines.[4][3]

The LDI was established in 1967, enabled by the support of Leonard Davis and his wife, Sophie Davis. Leonard Davis was one of the innovators in private health insurance. As the founder of Colonial Penn, Mr. Davis pioneered insurance plans for the elderly. He was also a strong advocate for the establishment of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), and was also closely involved in the congressional development of Medicare legislation.[5][3]


  1. ^ "Wharton Executive Education and The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics Consolidate Executive Education Divisions", New Collaborative Relationship Will Better Serve the Health Care Community, Globe Newswire, retrieved October 19, 2009
  2. ^ "Science news articles about 'leonard davis institute'", Learn more about leonard davis institute, Science News, retrieved October 19, 2009
  3. ^ a b c "Welcome to the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), University of Pennsylvania". Upenn.edu. Archived from the original on 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2012-10-28.
  4. ^ "Welcome to the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), University of Pennsylvania". Upenn.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-28.
  5. ^ "The Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations". Davis.huji.ac.il. Archived from the original on 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2012-10-28.