David Auerbach is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation specializing in the health care workforce and on the Affordable Care Act. He is a leading national expert on the nursing and advanced-practice nursing workforce in particular, as well as primary care providers and new models of care delivery. He is also on the faculty of the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Before coming to RAND, Auerbach was a principal analyst with the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in the Health and Human Resources Division. He was a lead developer of the CBO’s health insurance coverage microsimulation model and was a key member of the team analyzing health reform, which used the model as the foundation for estimates. While at the CBO, Auerbach co-authored papers on geographic variation in health care spending and the price elasticity of demand for non-group health insurance.

Auerbach is also an external adjunct faculty member of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at Vanderbilt University and has co-written numerous journal articles and a book on the health workforce over the last decade entitled The Future of the Nursing Workforce in the United States.

Auerbach received his Ph.D. in health policy (economics concentration) from Harvard University in 2002 and has undergraduate and master’s degrees from MIT (chemistry, technology and policy) and a master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley (chemistry).