Norma B. Coe


Co-Director, Population Aging Research Center
Director, PEDAL Lab
Associate Professor, Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine

Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). I obtained my PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2005 and have specialized in health economics and the economics of aging. My previous work has been funded by the NIH, the Social Security Administration, John A. Hartford Foundation, and the Marie Curie Incoming International Fellowship from the European Union. I am currently PI of three R01s on aging and dementia, and have previously served as a Director of a research center at the University of Washington and the Associate Director of Research for the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.

I have made substantial contributions to the literature on the economics of aging. I have previously studied healthcare costs, costs to caregivers, the quality of care delivered in an informal vs. formal care setting, the cost-effectiveness of various interventions, and worked with forecasting models. My recent work has specialized in patients with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias. I have extensive experience using Medicare claims data, survey data, administrative data and industry data. I find the addition of the two new themes, Cognition, Alzheimer’s disease, and Related Dementias (ADRD) and Health Care and Long-Term Care at Older Ages to the Population Aging Research Center (PARC) especially exciting and I look forward to applying my skillset to these new themes.

The renewal application for the Population Aging Research Center (PARC) builds naturally on my previous research and leadership experience. This work will dovetail nicely with my work as Co-Director of the Analytic Core within the Penn Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR): the Center for Improving Care Delivery for the Aging (CICADA). I look forward to providing new leadership and vision to the PARC, through both the Co-PI and as the Director of Core D, to include population-based research on the economics and demography of aging in health care, long-term care, social care, and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The vision for PARC is that it will bridge across many Schools at Penn, including Medicine, Nursing, Wharton, Leonard Davis Institute, and Arts and Sciences. I am skilled at navigating these relationships, as my existing collaborations and teaching responsibilities already span these entities.

I look forward to leveraging the best of Penn to promote existing researchers, new researchers, and new collaborations that forward the science and our understanding of the demographics and economics of population aging.  


  • PSC Spring 2018 Colloquium Series: Norma B. Coe on the Cost of Alzheimer's and Related Dementias
  • Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research: Norma B. Coe on How Much Access to Health Insurance Influences the Timing of Retirement