Ali Moghtaderi

Assistant Research Professor
George Washington University

Dr. Moghtaderi’s primary research interests are health economics, public health policy, and economics of risky behaviors. His research has been published in Health Affairs, Pediatrics, and Applied Health Economics and Health Policy. His research seeks to achieve a deeper understanding of how patients and healthcare providers make important medical decisions; how they respond to a variety of environmental factors including uncertainty, risk, and financial incentives; and how often they deviate from perfect rationality.

Dr. Moghtaderi has done extensive research in the field of immunization policy, specifically Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination policy. His current research focuses on healthcare and medical malpractice, financial incentives and health care utilization, healthcare markets after enactment of the Affordable Care Act, medical innovation and risky behaviors, and behaviors of smokers and drinkers.


Childhood vaccines play a major role in minimizing the incidence of vaccine-preventable disease. While all states accommodate medical vaccine exemptions, certain states also allow for waivers on the basis of religious or philosophical objections.


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The rising rate of non-medical exemptions is a driving force behind our nationwide measles crisis. Chelsea J. Richwine, Avi Dor, and Ali Moghtaderi of George Washington University examine the effect of California’s 2016 decision to repeal all non-medical exemptions on immunization coverage in a new working paper.