Organization and Micro Theory

William E. Encinosa (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 2 — Michigan
Senior Advisor
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD

Dr. Encinosa received his PhD in Economics and MA in Mathematics from the University of Florida. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida. His current research includes the economics of medical errors, malpractice tort reform, the debt and asset holdings of the uninsured, the effects of direct-to-consumer advertising on drug prices, and bariatric surgery for the obese. His research has recently appeared in numerous media outlets, such as the NBC Today show, CBS’s The Early Show, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and USA Today. In 2009, he won the John M. Eisenberg Article-of-the-Year Award in Health Services Research for his article “The Impact of Medical Errors on 90-Day Costs and Outcomes.” Prior to joining AHRQ, Dr. Encinosa is currently a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Managed Care.

Discipline: Economics

Jonathan Ketcham (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 9 — Berkeley/UCSF
Earl G. and Gladys C. Davis Distinguished Research Professor in Business, W.P. Carey School of Business, Department of Marketing
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Dr. Ketcham received his PhD in Economics from The Wharton School and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Baylor University. Dr. Ketcham's interest are Physician organizations, incentives and learning, prescription drugs and medical devices, and hospital competition under managed care. He is a consulting with Pfizer Inc; Wolters Kluwer Health. His current projects are Physician-hospital gainsharing; physician decisionmaking; diffusion of drug-eluting stents; Medicare Part D. His recent awards is Principal Investigator, R01, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. "Hospital-Physician Gainsharing." $484k. He recent co-authored publications are: "Influence of Patient Race on Physician Prescribing Decisions: A Randomized On-line Experiment." Journal of General Internal Medicine,24(11): 1183-91 and "Physician Clinical Information Technology and Health Care Disparities." Medical Care Research and Review, 66: 658-681.

Discipline: Economics

Carl V. Phillips (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 2 — Michigan
Scientific Director
The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association, Milford, NH

Dr. Phillips received his PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University.  His research focuses include tobacco harm reduction, health policy ethics, scientific epistemology, and improving research methods for policy applications.  Dr. Phillips directs the project, formerly developed at the University of Alberta School of Public Health, which focuses on educating consumer and opinion leaders about low-risk alternatives to smoking, particularly smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes, and improving upon the ineffective and unethical standard approaches to nicotine and tobacco policy. Dr. Phillips is also editor-in-chief of the journal Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations and the online working paper and journal club project,  He serves as a consultant in the areas of epidemiology methods, product liability, and public policy.  His work in epidemiologic methods has won several awards, including the Rothman award for the best paper of 2003 in the leading epidemiology journal.  He lives outside of Edmonton, Canada, where he raises chickens and alpacas.

Discipline: Economics

Michael Schwarz (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 11 — Berkeley/UCSF
Market Place Designer
Research at Google, Mountain View, CA

Before joining Google he was at Yahoo! first as the only economist at Yahoo! Research and later as the head of an economics research unit. His most externally visible project at Yahoo! was developing algorithms for setting optimal reserve prices for sponsored search auctions. In an earning call then Yahoo! president Sue Decker credited this contribution to market design with increasing revenues by hundreds of millions of dollars. Dr. Schwarz received a Super Star award, the highest recognition at Yahoo! Prior to joining Yahoo! he was a National Fellow at the Hoover institution at Stanford, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar at UC Berkeley. He was on the faculty at Harvard University Economics Department from 1999 to 2004. In 2013 Dr. Schwarz was honored with the Prize in Game Theory and Computer Science of the Game Theory Society, 2013. "The Prize is awarded to the person (or persons) who have published the best paper at the interface of game theory and computer science in the last decade”. Dr. Schwarz's work on information disclosure received award as the best paper of those published by AEJ Micro over the past three years. His academic papers received attention in popular press. Business Week reported that as a result of publication of the paper by Dr. Schwarz and two of his students "Close-mouthed Google has opened up about AdWords since the three economists cracked its code" (March 6, 2006). Dr. Schwarz work was profiled in a number of other outlets including the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

Discipline: Economics