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Josephine JacobsJosephine C. Jacobs, Ph.D.
Health Economist
Health Economics Resource Center (HERC)
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
795 Willow Road (152 MPD)
Menlo Park, CA 94025
P: (650) 493-5000 x23955
F: (650) 617-2639
E: josephine.jacobs@va.gov

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Josephine Jacobs is a health economist at the VA Health Economics Resource Center. Her research interests revolve around the economics of aging, with a focus on quantifying the costs and consequences of long-term care strategies. Her work often explores issues related to the benefits and, sometimes overlooked, societal costs of informal caregiving in home and community settings. Josephine currently holds a Career Development Award focused on understanding how patient, home health care market, and family factors affect VA's goal to rebalance its long-term care expenditures away from institutional care and towards home and community based services. In addition to her research on long-term care, Josephine has led studies evaluating the costs and effects of telehealth, reproductive health, labor market, workplace health, and sport policies, utilizing both survey and administrative datasets. She was formerly at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and the Center for Economic Demography at Lund University in Sweden. Josephine has a PhD in Health Economics from the University of Toronto and an MSc in Economic Demography from Lund University.

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