Associate Professor and Chair
Ph.D. Stanford University
Research interests: health economics, political economics, regulation and public policy
306 Tilton Hall
Personal website: murphy.tulane.edu/people/mary-k-olson.php
Mary K. Olson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Economics at Tulane and
currently serves as the director of the Murphy Institute’s Health Policy
Program. Dr. Olson’s teaching and research interests include
health economics, the political economy of health policy, regulation, and
She is an expert on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation. Her research
uses conceptual and empirical tools from economics and institutional knowledge
from political economy and medicine to investigate the causes and consequences
of pharmaceutical regulation. She has published articles that examine new-drug
approval policies, FDA enforcement strategies, FDA advisory committees, the
effects of prescription drug user fees on the FDA, the effects of increased
drug review speed on the safety of new medicines, the risks associated with
novel and less novel drugs, and the consequences of eliminating the U.S. drug
lag on drug safety. Her current research examines how firm innovation strategies
were affected by the FDA’s pediatric exclusivity policy and how new
clinical information in drug labels affects physicians prescribing to children.
Dr. Olson has received grant awards from the National Science Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Smith Richardson Foundation. She also served as a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee that assessed the U.S. drug safety system.
• Olson, Mary K. "Eliminating the U.S. Drug Lag: Implications for Drug Safety." Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 47(1): 1-30 (August 2013).
• Olson, Mary K. “PDUFA and Initial U.S. Drug Launches.” Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review 15(2): 393-416, Spring 2009.
Olson, Mary K. “The Risk We Bear: The Effects of Review Speed and Industry
User Fees on New Drug Safety.” Journal of Health Economics 27(2):
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