Our Professional Staff
Sarmistha Pal, Ph.D. is Scientist, Econometrician II at Dobson | DaVanzo, who joined the company in October 2014. She is experienced in applied econometrics and quantitative analysis with a focus in Health Care and Labor Economics. Dr. Pal’s research focuses on a broad array of topics in the area of Labor, Health and Applied Microeconomics. After joining Dobson | DaVanzo, she led two workforce studies for allied health professions which helped to inform future education and training needs. She conducted analyses of the cost efficiency of hospitals in two northeastern states. She developed multivariate regression models to estimate the relationship between Medicare inpatient costs and hospital characteristics. She also estimated econometric models to analyze the impact of standby capacity on hospital outpatient costs as well as outlier costs for a hospital system. She has experience managing large claims data bases and conducting econometric modeling (e.g., Difference-in-Differences, Mixed Effect and Maximum Likelihood models). Her recent work includes designing Risk Adjusted Readmission Models for IP Psychiatric hospitals using Random Effect Logistic Regression models. Using an instrumental variable (IV) approach, she also examined whether patients who are transferred to Long Term Acute Care Hospitals (LTCH) have lower utilization (in terms of payments, costs, readmission, mortality and ED utilization) compared to clinically comparable patients who are not transferred to LTCH. She has significant experience in dealing with national survey data in the U.S. such as American Community Survey (ACS) Data, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data, Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) and Child Development Supplements (CDS), American Census micro data, Private School Universe Survey and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data.
Dr. Pal earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Clemson University, South Carolina in 2012. At Clemson, she was a Graduate Teaching Instructor in the Economics Department and taught microeconomics and macroeconomics to students majoring in Business, Economics, and Finance. In 2011, Dr. Pal received commendation from Clemson University Student Affairs for her positive impact on students. Earlier she obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Economics from Jadavpur University, India with specialization in statistics and econometrics. Her dissertation work examined the implications of public policies such as the Supplemental Security Income on labor market outcomes.
After finishing her Ph.D., Dr. Pal joined University of Alabama in Huntsville as a visiting assistant professor and taught Business Statistics and Principles of Macroeconomics. She was nominated for the Best Teaching Award (UG) in 2013 at University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Dr. Pal presented her research papers in several academic seminars and workshops at Clemson University (2008-12) and at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (2012-13). Her work was also recently published in Surgical Technology International. She is also a referee of Contemporary Economic Policy, a peer-reviewed academic journal of economics.