USC Price School of Public Policy

Karen Van Nuys

Research Assistant Professor

VPD 401C

Phone: (213) 821‑8847

Ph.D. in Economics

Stanford University


Value of life sciences innovation, health policy, pharmaceutical pricing and distribution, organizational economics

Biographical sketch

Dr. Karen Van Nuys is a Research Assistant Professor and the Executive Director of the Value of Life Sciences Innovation Project at the USC Price School of Public Policy and in the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics. Her recent research focuses on the social value of novel therapies for heart failure and hepatitis C, the flow of funds in the pharmaceutical distribution chain, and the impact of commercial practices such as copay coupons and copay clawbacks on the utilization and cost of prescription drugs. Her work has been published in leading journals in economics, medicine, finance, and health policy.

Dr. Van Nuys has held positions across both industry and academia, including as Principal and Priority Service Offering Director at Booz Allen Hamilton, Senior Research Economist at Precision Health Economics, National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and an Assistant Professor at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. She has consulted with Fortune 50 companies ranging from insurance providers and life sciences companies to automotive manufacturers and media conglomerates. She received her PhD in Economics from Stanford University, and her MA and BA degrees from the University of California, San Diego.