Portrait of Deborah Freund

Deborah Freund was the first economist to study Medicaid-managed care and introduced cost-effectiveness analysis into drug pricing decisions, a practice that has now spread across the world.

Freund is a professor of economic sciences at Claremont Graduate University and served as its president from 2010 to 2015.

Freund received a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from Washington University in St. Louis in 1973, a Master of Public Health in medical care administration in 1975, a Master of Arts in Applied Economics in 1975, and a PhD in Economics in 1980—the latter three degrees all from the University of Michigan.