We’re excited to introduce and welcome Amitabh Chandra to our blogging community as an occasional contributor.
Amitabh is an economist, a Professor of Public Policy, Director of Health Policy Research, Director of PhD Admissions, and Area Chair for Social and Urban Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He serves on the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) Panel of Health Advisors, is a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute in Bonn, Germany, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). In 2011, he served as Massachusetts’ Special Commissioner on Provider Price Reform. His research focuses on productivity and cost-growth in healthcare and racial disparities in healthcare. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Aging, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and has been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Health Affairs. He is an editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics, Economics Letters, and the American Economic Journal, and was previously an editor at the Journal of Human Resources. Amitabh has testified to the United States Senate and the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and been a consultant to the RAND Corporation, Microsoft Research, the Institute of Medicine and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts.
He is the recipient of an Outstanding Teacher Award, the first-prize recipient of the Upjohn Institute’s Dissertation Award, the Kenneth Arrow Award for best paper in health economics, and the Eugene Garfield Award for the impact of medical research. In 2012, Amitabh was awarded American Society of Health Economists (ASHE) medal. The ASHE Medal is awarded biennially to the economist age 40 or under who has made the most significant contributions to the field of health economics.
Some of Amitabh’s representative works include:
- Malpractice Risk According to Physician Specialty (with Jena, Seabury, and Lakdawalla), NEJM, 2011
- The Sources of the SGR “Hole” (with Alhassani and Chernew), NEJM, 2012
- The Health Care Jobs Fallacy (with Baicker), NEJM, 2012