Jill R. Horwitz

Jill R. Horwitz

Professor of Law and Public Policy


Ph.D. in Health Policy, Harvard University
J.D., Harvard University
M.P.P. in Public Policy, Harvard University
B.A. in History, Northwestern University

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(310) 206-1577



Office Location:

2431, UCLA School of Law

Note: Professor Jill Horwitz is on sabbatical for Fall 2017.

Jill Horwitz is a legal scholar and health policy expert who is addressing some of the most pressing law and policy issues of our day, including the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and the impact of hospital ownership on the delivery of medical services.  She comes to UCLA from the University of Michigan, where she was a Professor of Law and Co-Director of their Law and Economics Program.  She also held joint appointments at Michigan with the School of Public Health and the Ford School of Public Policy.

Professor Horwitz is a highly productive scholar who has published in law journals, health policy journals, and economics journals.  Her scholarly interests focus on the legal regulation of health care organizations, nonprofit organizations, law and economics, and tort law.  Her empirical research on hospital ownership and medical service provision has won several awards.

Professor Horwitz teaches Torts and Nonprofit Law and Policy, as well as workshops on law and economics, governance, and health care reform.

Horwitz received her B.A. with honors from Northwestern University.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, a J.D. (magna cum laude), and a Ph.D. in health policy, all from Harvard University. Following law school, she served as a law clerk for Judge Norman Stahl of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Horwitz is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Co-Reporter for the American Law Institute Restatement of Nonprofit Organizations, a fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance, an Adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of Victoria Department of Economics in British Columbia, and a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Articles and Chapters:

State Legal Restrictions and Prescription-Opioid Use among Disabled Adults (with Ellen Meara, Wilson Powell, Lynn McClelland, Weiping Zhou, James O’Malley, and Nancy Morden), New England Journal of Medicine, Special Article (June 22, 2016).

Cross Border Effects of State Health Technology Regulation (with Dan Polsky), 1(1) American Journal of Health Economics 101-23 (Winter 2015). Related work published as “Challenegs to Regulatory Decentralization: Lessons from Certificate of Need Regulation,” National Bureau of Economic Research WP 19801 (2014).

Expansion of Invasive Cardiac Services in the United States (with Austin Nichols, Brahmajee K. Nallamothu, Comilla Sasson, and Theodore J. Iwashyna), Circulation (Published online July 19, 2013, print version forthcoming).

Wellness Incentives in the Workplace: Cost Savings through Cost Shifting to Unhealthy Workers (with Brenna D. Kelly and John DiNardo), 32(3) Health Affairs 468-76 (2013).

Profits v. Purpose: Hybrid Companies and the Charitable Dollar (forthcoming, 2013). Draft Text

The Role of the Market in Health Care: Point and Counterpoint (with Seth Freedman and Jill Horwitz), in Debates on U.S. Healthcare (edited by Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld, Wendy E. Parmet, and Mark A. Zezza, Sage Publications, 2012).

Malpractice Suits and Physician Apologies in Cancer Care (with Eugene Chung, John A.E. Pottow, and Reshma Jagsi), 7(6) Journal of Oncology Practice 389-93 (2011).

Rural Hospital Ownership: Medical Service Provision, Market Mix, and Spillover Effects (with Austin Nichols), 64(5) Health Services Research 1452-72 (2011). Related work published as National Bureau of Economic Research WP 16926 (2011).

Commentary: Why It’s Called the Affordable Care Act (with Nicholas Bagley), 110 Michigan Law Review First Impressions 1 (2011). Full Text

The Multiple Common Law Roots of Charitable Immunity: An Essay in Honor of Richard Epstein’s Contributions to Tort Law, 3(1) Journal of Tort Law Article 4 (2010).

The Attack on Nonprofit Status: A Charitable Assessment (with James R. Hines, Jr. and Austin Nichols), 108 Michigan Law Review 1179 (2010).

Hospital Ownership and Medical Service Provision in the United States: Implications for South Korea (with Austin Nichols), in The Service Sector Advancement: Issues and Implications for the Korean Economy 227-249 (edited by Moon Joong Tcha, Korea Development Institute, 2010).

Nonprofit Narratives: Piers Plowman, Anthony Trollope, and Charities Law, 2009 Michigan State Law Review 989 (2009). Full Text

Hospital Ownership and Medical Services: Market Mix, Spillover Effects, and Nonprofit Objectives (with Austin Nichols), Journal of Health Economics924-37 (September 2009).

Adoption and Spread of New Imaging Technology: A Case Study (with Joseph Ladapo Scott Gazelle, Milton Weinstein, and David Cutler), 28(6) Health Affairs w1122-32 (October 13, 2009).

Book Review of Reforming Medicare: Options, Tradeoffs, and Opportunities by Henry Aaron and Jeanne Lambrew, 47 Journal of Economic Literature 834-36 (September 2009).

Letting Good Deeds Go Unpunished: Volunteer Immunity Laws and Individual Tort Deterrence (with Joseph Mead), 6 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 585-635 (2009).

Debate, Medicare: Did the Devil Make Us Do It? (with David Hyman), 156 University of Pennsylvania Law Review PENNumbra 453-80 (2008). Full Text

The Virtues of Medicare: A Review of David A. Hyman’s Medicare Meets Mephistopheles, 106 University of Michigan Law Review 1001-20 (2008).

What Do Nonprofits Maximize? Nonprofit Hospital Service Provision and Market Ownership Mix (with Austin Nichols), National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper 13246 (2007).

Does Corporate Ownership Matter? Service Provision in the Hospital Industry, 24 Yale Journal on Regulation 140-204 (2007). Also published in technical form, National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper 11376(2005).

Michigan’s Dangerous Attempt to Distort Donors’ Intentions (with Harvey Dale), Chronicle of Philanthropy (August 17, 2006).

Nonprofit Ownership, Private Property, and Public Accountability, 25(4) Health Affairs (June 20, 2006). Web Exclusive W308-W311

U.S. Adoption of Computerized Physician Order Entry Systems (with David M. Cutler and Naomi E. Feldman), 24(6) Health Affairs 1654-63 (2005).

The Common Law Power of the Legislature: Insurer Conversions and Charitable Funds (with Marion Fremont-Smith), 83(2) Milbank Quarterly225-246 (2005).

Making Profits and Providing Care: Comparing Nonprofit, For-Profit and Government Hospitals, 24(3) Health Affairs 790-801 (2005).

Research Note: Relative Profitability of Acute Care Hospital Services, Exhibit, (2005).

Why We Need the Independent Sector: The Behavior, Law, and Ethics of Not-for-Profit Hospitals, 50 UCLA Law Review 1345 (2003).

Converting Hospitals from Not-for-profit to For-profit Status: Why and What Effects? (with David Cutler), in The Changing Hospital Industry 45-78 (edited by David Cutler, University of Chicago Press, 2000). Also published as National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper 6672 (1998).

State Oversight of Hospital Conversions: Preserving Trust or Protecting Health?, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Wiener Center for Social Policy, Working Paper H-98-03 (1998). Also available as Hauser Center, Working Paper #10.

Case Brief: Blue Cross & Blue Shield v. Travelers Insurance, 23 Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 407 (1995).

No-Fault for Medical Injury Compensation For Medical Injury: A Case Study (with Troyen Brennan), 14 Health Affairs 164-79 (Winter 1995).

Medical Malpractice (with Troyen Brennan), in Health Care Policy 307-27 (edited by David Calkins et al., Blackwell Science, 1995).