Sofia Amaral-Garcia is a Research Fellow at i3health (Institute for Interdisciplinary Innovation in Healthcare)/ECARES at the Universitè libre de Bruxelles. Her broad research interests are in empirical law and economics, health economics, and comparative law. Sofia’s research focuses on incentives and innovation in healthcare, and how these impact the behavior of physicians or patients. Some of her projects aim at assessing how the interactions between pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and physicians, affect medical treatments, drugs’ prescriptions, and firms’ strategy. Other projects concentrate on how to foster innovation in healthcare, namely in rare diseases. Her projects in law & economics focus on judicial behavior, medical malpractice, quantification of damages, and administrative courts.
Sofia has a B.A. in Economics and a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Nova School of Business and Economics, and a Ph.D. in Law & Economics from Erasmus University of Rotterdam/University of Bologna. She is also an external affiliate at HEDG (Health Econometrics and Data Group) University of York, and a research fellow at KU Leuven. Before joining ULB she was at DIW Berlin, New York University, ETH Zurich and Hasselt University. Sofia also advised the OECD on topics such as the efficiency of judicial systems and fighting corruption.