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Pierre Thomas Léger, MA, PhD

Associate Professor

PhD Program Director

Health Policy and Management


Building & Room:



1603 W. Taylor St.

Office Phone:

(312) 413-9357

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I am a Health Economist who studies healthcare markets with special emphasis on the impact of financial incentives on provider behaviour, costs and outcomes. Prior to joining UIC was an Associate Professor at HEC Montreal (the University of Montreal's affiliated business school). I have held visiting positions at the Paris School of Economics, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of los Andes, Santiago Chile.

Selected Grants

NICHM (National Institutes for Health Care Management), Geographical Variations in Medicare and Commercial Spending, PI

SSHRC (Canada), Physician payment schemes and insurance systems in a dynamic model of health, PI

FQRSC (Quebec, Canada), Mécanismes de paiements des médecins et assurances dans les modèles dynamiques de santé, PI

Selected Publications

Powell, L., J. Leider and P.T. Léger (2020). The Impact of a Sweetened Beverage Tax on Beverage Volume Sold in Cook County Il and its Border Area. Annals of Internal Medicine 72(6), 390-397.

Powell, L., J. Leider and P.T. Léger (2020). The Impact of the Cook County, Il, Sweetened Beverage Tax on Beverage Prices, forthcoming Economics and Human Biology.

Léger, P.T. and E.C. Strumpf (2014). The physician’s market. The Encyclopedia of Health Economics. Ed: Tony Culyer. Elsevier.


Allard, M., I. Jelovac, and P.T. Léger (2014). Payment mechanisms and GP self-selection: Capitation vs fee for service. International Journal of Health  Care Finance and Economics 14, 143-160.

Allard, M., I. Jelovac, and P.T. Léger (2011). Treatment and referral decisions under different payment mechanisms. Journal of Health Economics 30, 880-893.

Dostie, B. and P.T. Léger (2009). Self-selection in Migration and Returns to Unobservables. The Journal of Population Economics 22, 1005-1024.

Allard, A., P.T. Léger and L. Rochaix (2009). Provider competition in a dynamic setting. The Journal of Economics and Management Strategy 18, 457-486.

Constant, A. and P.T. Léger (2008). Estimating differences in male and female service provision using panel data. Health Economics 17, 1295-1315.

Dostie, B and P.T. Léger (2005). The Living Arrangement Dynamics of Sick, Elderly Individuals, Journal of Human Resources 40, 989-1014.

Blomqvist, A and P.T. Léger (2005). Information asymmetry, insurance and the decision to hospitalize. Journal of Health Economics 24, 775-793.

Service to Community

Chair, Committee on Research, School of Public Health, UIC



Ph.D. Economics, University of Western Ontario (2000)
M.A. Economics, University of Western Ontario (1995)
B.Soc.Sci. Economics and Political Science, University of Ottawa (1994)

Professional Memberships

Associate Fellow: Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO), Montreal, Canada

Faculty Associate, Canadian Centre for Health Economics, Toronto, Canada

Chercheur associé, Centre pour la recherche économique et ses applications (CEPREMAP), Paris, France

Selected Presentations

Selected invited seminars:

USA: University of Virginia, UIUC, U of Chicago, U of Washington, Weill-Cornell, Carnegie Mellon,  U of Connecticut, University of Pennsylvania, Rice, Baylor College of Medicine, U of Minnesota.

Canada: McMaster, McGill, U of Victoria, Laval, U of Ottawa, U of Calgary.

Other: Universidad de los Andes (Chile), U of Chile, Adolfo Ibanez (Chile), U of Oslo (Norway), Paris School of Economics (France), GREQAM Marseilles (France), GRESGE Lille (France), U of Lausanne (Switzerland), Paris 1 (France),


Research Currently in Progress

Hospital-Physician Gainsharing (with Jonathan Ketcham (ASU) and Claudio Lucarelli (Penn)). Revision requested at Rand Journal of Economics.

Physician Practice Style and Health Costs: Evidence from Emergency Departments (with Gautam Gowrisankaran (Arizona) and Keith Joiner (Arizona)) (R&R Management Science)

Geographic Variations in Medical Care (with Bob Town (Texas at Austin) and Jiashan Wu (UIC))

Causes and Consequence of Geographic Variations in Healthcare Spending (with Jeff Clemens (USCD) and Bob Town (Texas at Austin))

Demand and Supply Side Responses to SSB Taxes: Evidence from Market Data from Oakland (with Lisa Powell (UIC)) (submitted).