Jan Ambrose, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor and Chair 215.951.1332

Dr. Ambrose’s research interests have evolved to focus primarily on health insurance and public policy.  Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Risk and Insurance, the Journal of Insurance Issues, Risk Management and Insurance Review, the Journal of Insurance Regulation, and the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.  She serves as an Associate Editor for The Journal of Insurance Issues and is an active participant in the American Risk and Insurance Association through research presentations and committee involvement.

Dr. Ambrose strongly believes in the importance of building the link between theory and practice and in contributing to her community. Thus, she lends her expertise on insurance, finance, and leadership issues by volunteering in the past as a board member of The Swarthmore Food Cooperative and the Swarthmore Recreation Association and currently by serving as treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Greater Philadelphia Association for Recovery Education and The Bridge Way School.

Why La Salle?

I chose La Salle for two reasons: its location in Philadelphia and its true spirit of collegiality.  When I came to Philadelphia for graduate school, I fell in love with the city, from its sense of history, the arts culture, the thriving business environment, the city’s distinct neighborhoods, to the food, the architecture, and the accessibility to NYC and DC or the beach and mountains. But I also wanted to be at a university that truly values the relationships between and among students and faculty.  La Salle is the perfect fit. We truly care about our students and our colleagues in a personal way that emphasizes cooperation and respect that I have not seen at many other universities.

Areas of Expertise

  • Health care economics and policy
  • Risk management
  • Corporate finance


  • Fundamentals of Risk and Insurance
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Employee Benefit Planning
  • Financial Markets
  • Corporate Finance


  • Ph.D., The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S., Miami University

Recent Publications

“Understanding the Housing Affordability Index,” with Joshua Buch, Real Estate Review, vol. 42, no. 3, Fall 2013.

“The Economics of Liability Insurance,” with Anne Carroll and Laureen Regan, Chapter 12 in Georges Dionne (Ed.), Handbook of Insurance, second edition, Springer, New York; 2013.

“The Greek and Irish Near Sovereign Defaults: Similarities and Differences,” with Joshua Buch, Real Estate Review, vol. 40, no. 2, Summer 2011.

“Irish Bubble Trouble and Housing Price Phenomenon in Europe,” with Joshua Buch, Real Estate Review, vol. 39, no. 3, Fall 2010.

“Medical Malpractice Reform and Insurer Claims Defense: Unintended Effects?” with Anne Carroll, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, vol. 32, no. 5, October 2007.   

“Medical Malpractice Reform:  The Effect on Insurer Claims Defense Effort,” with Anne Carroll, abstract published by the Working Paper Series of The Geneva Association in Etudes et Dossiers No. 302, proceedings of the World Risk and Insurance Economics Congress Inaugural Conference, November 2005.

Recent Presentations

Panelist, The Explorer Connection “Affordable Care Act” Panel Discussion, La Salle University, November 2013.

Facilitator, Explorer Café, “Obamacare Moving Forward: What’s the Prognosis?” April 2013

“The Influence of Ratings and Regulation on Insurance Company CEO Incentives,” with Elizabeth Cooper, American Risk and Insurance Association, August 2012.

Panelist, The Explorer Connection “Occupy Wall Street” Panel Discussion, La Salle University, October 2011.

Panelist, The Explorer Connection “Essential Question” Panel Discussion: “As members of a Lasallian community, what is our moral obligation to promote economic justice in our city, in our country and in the global community to which we are inevitably tied?” La Salle University, September 2009.

“Medical Malpractice Reform: The Effect on Insurer Claims Defense Effort,” with Anne Carroll, La Salle University School of Business Brown Bag Lunch Series, November 2007. 


Jan Ambrose, Ph.D. Chair of Finance Department
Associate Professor of Finance and Risk Management and Insurance Program
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