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David Blaine Ridley

Professor of the Practice of Business Administration
Fuqua School of Business
Duke Box 90120, 100 Fuqua Drive, Durham, NC 27708-0120
100 Fuqua Drive, Durham, NC 27708-0120

Overview


David Ridley, PhD, is a health economist and Dr. and Mrs. Frank A. Riddick, Jr. Research Fellow at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. His research focuses on incentives for innovation and quality, as well as pricing. He is dedicated to creating and studying tools that improve health.

David was the lead author of two papers that became law. He and his colleagues proposed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) priority review voucher program which became law in 2007. The vouchers provide incentives for drug development for neglected and rare diseases. The FDA has awarded more than 70 vouchers valued at about $100 million each. David and his colleagues also proposed the Environmental Protection Agency vector expedited review voucher program which became law in 2022.

David has served for more than a decade as the Faculty Director for the Center for Health Sector Management (HSM). HSM students comprise nearly 20 percent of Duke MBA graduates each year. David received a doctorate in economics from Duke University.

Current Appointments & Affiliations


Professor of the Practice of Business Administration · 2017 - Present Fuqua School of Business
Professor of the Practice of Economics · 2018 - Present Economics, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy · 2024 - Present Sanford School of Public Policy
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society · 2017 - Present Duke Science & Society, Initiatives
Executive Core Faculty Member, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy · 2019 - Present Duke-Margolis Institute for Health Policy, Initiatives

Education, Training & Certifications


Duke University · 2001 Ph.D.