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"Dr. Finkelstein is Professor of Health Services and Systems Research at the Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore and the Executive Director of the Lien Centre for Palliative Care. He also holds appointments at NUS School of Public Health and Duke University Global Health Institute. His research focuses on the economic causes and consequences of health behaviors, with a primary emphasis on the use of traditional and behavioral economic incentives to influence behaviors in ways to improve the public's health. Recent research also focuses on studies to better understand the complicated decisions that revolve around end of life care. He has published over 180 manuscripts and 2 books in these areas, and also successfully commercialized an Obesity Cost Calculator for employers and insurers. Based on google scholar, he has an h-index of 53 and his publications have been cited over 200,000 times, including in the landmark Supreme Court decision upholding the U.S. Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). He was included in the list of the World's Most Highly Cited Researchers in 2015 and 2016 by Thomson Reuters and Clarivate Analytics."


  • NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Joint)
  • Executive Director in Lien Centre for Palliative Care (Primary)
  • Professor in the Health Services Research Program at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore (Primary)

Research Areas:

  • Heath & Behavioural Economics
  • Conjoint Analysis
  • Obesity
  • Cost Effectiveness analysis

Teaching Areas:

  • Health Economics
  • Health Technology Assessment

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • B.A. (1991), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • M.A. (1996), University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Ph.D. (1998), University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • M.H.A. (1999), University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Awards/Honours (Post-PhD):

  • Included in list of World's Most Highly Cited Researchers in 2015 and 2016 by Thomson Reuters and Clarivate Analytics
  • One of the Most Highly Cited Articles in Journal of Health Economics from 2013 to 2016
  • Successfully commercialized an Obesity Cost Calculator, which generated over $400K in revenue

Career History:

  • Senior Health Economist, RTI International (1999-2006)
  • Director, Public Health Economics Program, RTI International (2006-2007)
  • Deputy Director, Duke-NUS Program in Health Services and System (2009-2013)

Administrative Leadership:

  • Director, Lien Centre for Palliative Care (2014-Present)

Professional/Consulting Activities:

  • Provide consulting services to major Pharma and Medical Device Corporations and several Ministries in Singapore

Major Publications:

  • Eric A. Finkelstein, Kwang-Wei Tham, Benjamin A. Haaland, Aarti Sahasranaman (2017) Applying economic incentives to increase effectiveness of an outpatient weight loss program (TRIO) – A randomized controlled trial. Social Science & Medicine, 185, 63-70
  • Finkelstein E.A, Haaland B., Bilger M., Sahasranaman A., Sloan R.A., Nang E.E.K., Evenson, K.R. (2016) Effectiveness of activity trackers with and without incentives to increase physical activity (TRIPPA): a randomized controlled trial. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, 4(12):983-995.
  • Finkelstein E.A., Kruger E. (2014) Meta- and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CEA) of Commercial Weight Loss Strategies. Obesity, 22(9):1942-1951.

View full CV here. 

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Email eric.finkelstein@duke-nus.edu.sg


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