Risk and Insurance (RI) - Insurance economics

Gopi Shah Goda (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 14 — Harvard
Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Dr. Goda received her PhD in Economics at Stanford University. She is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. Her recent research studies include an examination of retirement savings behavior in response to financial education interventions designed to educate employees about the relationship between current retirement contributions and future retirement income; the role of default options in the choice between retirement plans; and an analysis of several hypotheses that seek to explain low rates of long-term care insurance coverage by seniors, among other topics in public finance and the economics of aging.

Discipline: Economics

Bradley J. Herring (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 7 — Yale
Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Deputy Chair for Academic Programs
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Dr. Herring received his PhD from University of Pennyslvania in 2002. His research focuses on a number of economic and public policy issues related to health insurance coverage. He has published articles in the Journal of Health Economics and New England Journal of Medicine, and is co-author of the book Pooling Health Insurance Risks. His research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, OECD, HHS ASPE, and AHRQ. For instance, his research has examined the availability of charity care to the uninsured, the individual health insurance market, Medicaid managed care, and insurer and hospital market concentration. More recently, he is examining the effect of health insurance coverage on health outcomes, the effect of rising health insurance premiums on worker wages, and the effect of the 2010 Affordable Care Act on employment-based insurance. Dr. Herring served for a year with the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers and recently served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Maryland Health Insurance Plan.

Discipline: Economics

John R. Moran (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 4 — Michigan
Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Administration
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Dr. Moran received his PhD from Pennsylvania State University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Ursinus College. His research interests are the economic impact of cancer; health insurance; the health and medical care utilization of the elderly. Selected co-publications are: (forthcoming). “Effects of hospital type and distance on lymph node assessment for colon cancer among metropolitan and non-metropolitan patients in Appalachia.” Medical Care Research and Review and “Does cancer reduce labor market entry? Evidence for prime-age females.” Medical Care Research and Review, 71, 224-241. (2014).

Discipline: Economics

Harold A. Pollack (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 1 — Yale
Helen Ross Professor, School of Social Service Administration
Co-Director, University of Chicago Crime Lab
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Dr. Pollack received both his PhD and MA in Public Policy from JFK School of Government, Harvard University. He also received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Engineering from Princeton Univeresity. In his current position he serves on the Executive Committee of the Center for Health Administration Studies at the University of Chicago. He is also the Co-Director of The University of Chicago Crime Lab. He has published widely at the interface between poverty policy and public health. His recent research concerns HIV and hepatitis prevention efforts for injection drug users, drug abuse and dependence among welfare recipients and pregnant women, infant mortality prevention, and child health. His research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Public Health, Health Services Research, Pediatrics, and Social Service Review. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare," was selected for The Best American Medical Writing, 2009.

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