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Scott J. Adams (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 7 — Michigan
Associate Professor, and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Economics
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Dr. Adams received his PhD from the Michigan State University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Scranton.  He works on a number of different policy-related topics in labor economics and health economics, including public smoking bans, employer-provided health insurance, and minimum wage legislation.  His work has been published in the Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics, among other outlets.  He served as a Senior Economist for education, labor and welfare with the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers under both Presidents Bush and Obama.

Discipline: Economics

Brigham R. Frandsen (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 17 — Harvard
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
Brigham Young University , Provo, UT

Dr. Frandsen received a Ph.D. in economics from MIT. His research focuses on the causal effect of interventions and institutions on the distribution of individual outcomes in health care, education, and labor markets, and on developing the econometric tools to identify and estimate these effects. Some current projects include a study of the political economy of union wage setting and its effect on the distribution of earnings, and the effect of fragmentation in health care on the distribution of patient outcomes.

Discipline: Economics

A. Bowen Garrett (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 3 — Berkeley/UCSF
Senior Fellow, Health Policy Center
Urban Institute, Washington, DC

Dr. Garrett received his PhD from Columbia University. His research focuses extensively on health reform and health policy topics, combining rigorous empirical methods and economic thinking with an understanding of the policy landscape to better inform policy making. He led the development of Urban's Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model and conducted numerous studies of the likely effects of alternative reform proposals for the Obama administration, the state of New York, and private foundations. He has written extensively on employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid and the uninsured, and Medicare's prospective payment systems. Previously, Garrett was chief economist of the Center for US Health System Reform and McKinsey Advanced Health Analytics at McKinsey & Company (2010–13). He is a research associate with the Info-Metrics Institute at American University and has taught quantitative methods and economic statistics at Georgetown University.

Discipline: Economics
Research Interests:

Brian A. Gifford (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 10 — Berkeley/UCSF
Director, Research and Analytics
Integrated Benefits Institute, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Gifford received his PhD in Sociology from New York University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from University of California - Berkeley. He researches workforce health, performance, absence, and disability leaves for the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI), a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. He has been a lead or contributing author on peer-reviewed and Institute-published studies on topics such as employees’ decisions about working during spells of illness, disability leave costs for acute coronary syndromes and venous thromboembolism, health risks and sick day absences, how CFOs use information to make decisions about their organizations’ healthcare and wellness benefits, and the links between FMLA and paid disability leaves. His prior appointment was as a social scientist with the RAND Corporation.

Discipline: Sociology

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

Mireille Jacobson (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 11 — Michigan
Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, The Paul Merage School of Business
Director, Center for Health Care Management and Policy
University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA

Dr. Jacobsen received her PhD from Harvard University in 2001. Dr. Jacobson’s research focuses broadly on access to timely and appropriate health care, hospital behavior and the impact of Medicare payment policies on physician treatment decisions.  Her research has been published in leading economics and health journals, such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Jacobson’s work has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) program, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. As a health economist and nationally recognized expert on Medicare cancer payment policy. She has received grants from the National Insititute on Aging, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Child Health and Development, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Commonwealth Fund. She is a research associate in the Health Care program at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a fellow at the Center for Economics and Social Research at USC. Prior to joining the Merage School, she was a senior health economist at the RAND Corporation, the Deputy Director of RAND Health's Economics, Finance, and Organization (EFO) Program, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She is currently working with several states and localities to develop effective ways to address the current opioid epidemic.

Discipline: Economics

Jennifer L. Klein (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Yale
Professor, Department of History
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Dr. Klein received her PhD at the University of Virginia. Professor Klein’s research spans the fields of U.S. labor history, urban history, social movements and political economy.  Her publications include Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State (Oxford, 2012), co-authored with Eileen Boris, which was awarded the Sara A. Whaley book prize from the National Women’s Studies Association; and For All These Rights: Business, Labor, and the Shaping of America’s Public-Private Welfare State (Princeton, 2003) which was awarded the Ellis W. Hawley Prize in Political History/Political Economy from the Organization of American Historians and The Hagley Prize in Business History from the Business History Conference. Writing about the intersection between labor politics and the welfare state, she has written articles on the history of health care policy, Social Security, pensions, collective bargaining and New Deal liberalism, including “The Politics of Economic Security: Employee Benefits and the Privatization of New Deal Liberalism,” published in the Journal of Policy History.  

She is co-director of the Initiative on Labor and Culture with Michael Denning and is affiliated with the History of Science & Medicine and Women’s Studies programs. A labor history of home health care workers from the 1930s to the present, Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State (Oxford University Press, 2012) co-authored with Eileen Boris, explores the links between public welfare, health care, social movements and employment law.  Their articles on home care workers, long term care and labor organizing include: “Organizing Home Care: Low-Waged Workers in the Welfare State” in Politics and Society (March 2006); “We Were the Invisible Workforce: Unionizing Home Care” in The Sex of Class: Women Transforming American Labor, ed. Dorothy Sue Cobble (ILR/Cornell Press, 2007), “Laws of Care: The Supreme Court and Aides to Elderly People” in Dissent (Fall 2007),“Organizing the Carework Economy: When the Private Becomes Public,” in Rethinking U.S. Labor History: Essays in the Working-Class Experience, 1756-2009, Donna Haverty-Stacke and Daniel Walkowitz, eds. (Continuum,  2010), “Frontline Caregivers: Still Struggling” in Dissent (Winter 2012) and  “Home Care Workers Aren’t Just Companions,” New York Times, July 2, 2012.

She is Senior Editor of the journal International Labor and Working Class History.  She edited a special issue of ILWCH, The Class Politics of Privitization: Global Perspectives on the Privitization of Public Workers, Land, and Services No. 71 (Spring 2007).

In addition to academic publications, her articles on labor, low-wage work, care, and social policy have appeared in Dissent, The New York Times, The Nation.com, WashingtonPost.com, American Prospect (TAP.org), New Labor Forum, Labor Notes, CNN.com and Democracy.

Klein was the winner of the 2014 Hans Sigrist Prize awarded by the University of Bern (Switzerland) and the Hans Sigrist Foundation for her contribution to the field of “Women and Precarity: Historical Perspectives.”

Discipline: Sociology
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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

Michael L. Schoenbaum (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 2 — Berkeley/UCSF
Senior Advisor for Mental Health Services, Epidemiology, and Economics
Office of Science Policy, Planning and Communications
National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, MD

Dr. Schoenbaum received his PhD in Economics from University of Michigan. In his current capacity, he directs a unit charged with conducting analyses of mental health burden, service use and costs, and intervention opportunities, in support of Institute decision-making. His responsibilities also include helping to strengthen NIMH's relationships with outside stakeholders, both public and private, to increase the public health impact of NIMH-supported research. Dr. Schoenbaum's research has focused particularly on the costs and benefits of interventions to improve health and health care, evaluated from the perspectives of patients, providers, payers and society. He is currently a scientific principal in NIMH's Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers, a study of risk and protective factors for suicidality in the US Army; and is working on initiatives with the Social Security Administration, the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Business Group on Health, and the WHO's World Mental Health Survey Initiative, among others. Prior to joining NIMH, Dr. Schoenbaum spent nine years at the RAND Corporation, where his work included studies of the feasibility and consequences of improving care for common mental disorders, particularly depression; studies of the social epidemiology and economic consequences of chronic illness and disability; design and evaluation of decision-support tools to help consumers make health benefits choices; and international health sector development projects.


Discipline: Economics
Research Interests: Health Economics, Labor 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