Dr David Lugo Palacios

Assistant Professor in Health Economics

United Kingdom

I am a health economist with expertise in policy evaluation and applied microeconometrics. I joined LSHTM as Assistant Professor in Health Economics in November 2020. I co-lead the Policy Evaluation theme within the Global Health ECOnomics (GHECO) centre at LSHTM. I am also an Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London and a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE Health.

I hold a BA in Economics from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM), an MSc in Health Economics and Policy from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and a PhD in Health Economics from LSHTM.

Prior to re-joining the School, I was a Research Fellow in Health Economics at Imperial College London and a Research Associate in Health Economics at the University of Manchester. I also have professional experience in both the public and private sectors in Mexico, including at the Ministry of Finance of the Mexico City Government, the Ministry of Social Development and a consultancy firm specialising in public finance.


Department of Health Services Research and Policy
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Global Health Economics Centre


I am currently a seminar leader on the MSc modules Health Services and Economic Analysis for Health Policy at LSHTM. At Imperial College, I was co-lead of the MSc module on Financing Health Care and co-designed the Policy Evaluation theme of the online Health Economics module of the Global Master of Public Health. I also have lectured on Health Financing at the London School of Economics.


My main research interests are policy evaluation, causal inference, health microeconometrics, performance measurement, health care financing and quality of health care. I am co-Principal Investigator of the SORT project, an NIHR funded study that will provide evidence on inequalities, comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of treatments for three major types of cancer. I am also working on the PERMIT project (identification of person-level treatment effects in diabetes care) and on the evaluation of the implementation of the Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision Green Paper.
Research Area
Health economics
Health services research
Electronic health records
Health care financing
Economics (social science)
Impact evaluation
Health care policy
Policy analysis
Disease and Health Conditions
Non-communicable diseases
United Kingdom
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
OECD members
Euro area
North America

Selected Publications

Comparative effectiveness of second line oral antidiabetic treatments among people with type 2 diabetes mellitus: emulation of a target trial using routinely collected health data.
BIDULKA, P; Lugo-Palacios, DG; CARROLL, O; O'Neill, S; Adler, AI; Basu, A; Silverwood, RJ; BARTLETT, JW; Nitsch, D; Charlton, P; Briggs, AH; Smeeth, L; DOUGLAS, IJ; Khunti, K; Grieve, R;
The impact of collaborative organisational models and general practice size on patient safety and quality of care in the English National Health Service: A systematic review.
Kovacevic, L; Naik, R; Lugo-Palacios, DG; Ashrafian, H; Mossialos, E; Darzi, A;
Health policy (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Political economy of health care insurance expansion in Mexico
Lugo-Palacios, DG; Villa, AS;
Handbook on the Political Economy of Health Systems
Local Instrumental Variable Methods to Address Confounding and Heterogeneity when Using Electronic Health Records: An Application to Emergency Surgery.
Moler-Zapata, S; GRIEVE, R; Lugo-Palacios, D; HUTCHINGS, A; Silverwood, R; Keele, L; Kircheis, T; CROMWELL, D; Smart, N; Hinchliffe, R; O'NEILL, S;
Medical decision making
Effectiveness of emergency surgery for five common acute conditions: an instrumental variable analysis of a national routine database.
HUTCHINGS, A; O'NEILL, S; Lugo-Palacios, D; MOLER ZAPATA, S; Silverwood, R; CROMWELL, D; Keele, L; Bellingan, G; Moonesinghe, SR; Smart, N; Hinchliffe, R; GRIEVE, R;
Framework for identification and measurement of spillover effects in policy implementation: intended non-intended targeted non-targeted spillovers (INTENTS).
Francetic, I; Meacock, R; Elliott, J; Kristensen, SR; Britteon, P; Lugo-Palacios, DG; Wilson, P; Sutton, M;
Implementation science communications
Stroke impairment categories: A new way to classify the effects of stroke based on stroke-related impairments.
Gittins, M; Lugo-Palacios, D; Vail, A; Bowen, A; Paley, L; Bray, B; Tyson, S;
Clinical Rehabilitation
Factors influencing the amount of therapy received during inpatient stroke care: an analysis of data from the UK Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme.
Gittins, M; Vail, A; Bowen, A; Lugo-Palacios, D; Paley, L; Bray, B; Gannon, B; Tyson, S;
Clinical rehabilitation
How do patients pass through stroke services? Identifying stroke care pathways using national audit data.
Gittins, M; Lugo-Palacios, DG; Paley, L; Bray, B; Bowen, A; Vail, A; Gannon, B; Tyson, S;
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