Dr David Lugo Palacios


Assistant Professor
in Health Economics

15-17 Tavistock Place
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 and I am currently working on the identification of person-level treatment effects in diabetes care. 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. 

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.



Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Health Services Research 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, health microeconometrics, performance measurement, health care financing and quality of health care. I am currently working on the PERMIT project, an NIHR funded study that will provide evidence on person-level treatment effectiveness for diabetes. 

Research Area
Health care financing
Health care policy
Health policy
Health services research
Health systems
Primary care
Electronic health records
Global Health
Health economics
Policy analysis
Disease and Health Conditions
Non-communicable diseases
United Kingdom
Euro area
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
North America
OECD members

Selected Publications

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
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
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
The impact of a combinatorial digital and organisational intervention on the management of long-term conditions in UK primary care: a non-randomised evaluation.
Lugo-Palacios DG; Hammond J; Allen T; Darley S; McDonald R; Blakeman T; Bower P
BMC health services research
[The effect of Seguro Popular de Salud on catastrophic and impoverishing expenditures in Mexico, 2004-2012].
Knaul FM; Arreola-Ornelas H; Wong R; Lugo-Palacios DG; Méndez-Carniado O
Salud publica de Mexico
Marrying research evidence and policies in Latin America and the Caribbean: the case of violence.
Ardila-Gómez S; Lugo-Palacios DG; Vargas-Palacios E
Global health promotion
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