BBER Hires New Director of Health Care Industry Research

February 26, 2014

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research has hired Bryce Ward as its new director of Wardhealth care industry research.

Ward received a doctorate in economics from Harvard and a bachelor’s degree in economics and history from the University of Oregon. His areas of expertise include econometric analysis and applied microeconomics – including health economics, labor economics, urban and regional economics, public finance, and environmental and natural resource economics.

Before joining BBER, Ward spent nine years providing expert testimony and policy analysis as a senior economist at Portland-based consulting firm ECONorthwest. He has taught courses in economics and public finance at Harvard University, Lewis and Clark College, the University of Oregon and Portland State University.

“We are thrilled to have someone with Bryce’s experience and deep knowledge of health economics to fill this key position,” said BBER Director Patrick Barkey. “Given the complexities and opportunities of health care policy, Bryce is up to maintaining the high standards of health care research the bureau is known for while taking the program in new directions.”

BBER has provided information about Montana’s state and local economies for more than 60 years, including its important role monitoring markets, trends, industry structure and costs related to the shifting health care landscape in Montana. Visit for more information.


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Contact: Bryce Ward, health care industry research director, UM Bureau of Business and Economic Research, 406-243-5113,