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Health Economists study both the organization of health delivery and health outcomes.  Within the department, the focus of much of the work of Amanda Kowalski and Zach Brown is on health economics. Bleakley and Bound also publish on health related topics. Health economists from outside of the department, including faculty from the Ross School of Business, the Health Management and Policy Department in the School of Public Health, and the Institute for Social Research, regularly attend our seminars and interact with our students.

Primary Appointment Within the Economics Department


Primary Appointment outside the Economics Department

Ross School of Business

School of Public Health

Institute for Social Research

School of Public Health

Ross School of Business

School of Public Health

School of Public Health & Department of Economics (courtesy)

School of Public Health

Institute for Social Research & Department of Economics (courtesy)

Institute for Social Research

Recent Graduate Student Placement Locations






Purdue University

Oregon Health Sciences University

Seminars, Reading Groups, Lunches, etc.

Health, History, Development and Demography Lunch Seminar (H2D2) 

HRS-HEPP Research-in-Progress Seminar

Michigan Institute of Healthcare Policy and Innovation Seminars (IHPI)

Selected Recent Publications

Bleakley, “Malaria Eradication in the Americas: A Retrospective Analysis of Childhood Exposure,” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2010.

Bound, "Measuring Recent Apparent Declines In Longevity: The Role Of Increasing Educational Attainment." Health Affairs, 2015. (Joint with Geronimus, Rodriguez, & Waidmann.)

Brown, “Equilibrium Effects of Health Care Price Information.” Review of Economics and Statistics, 2019.

Buchmueller and Levy, “Heterogeneous Effects of the ACA Medicaid Expansion on Hospital Financial Outcomes,” Contemporary Economic Policy, 2019. (Joint with Rhodes & Nikpay.)

Kowalski, “Long-Term Impact of Childhood Medicaid Expansions on Outcomes in Adulthood,” Review of Economic Studies, 2020. (Joint with Brown & Lurie.)

Kowalski, “Mandate-Based Health Reform and the Labor Market: Evidence from the Massachusetts Reform,” Journal of Health Economics, 2016. (Joint with Kolstad.)

Levy and Norton, “Tobacco regulation and cost-benefit analysis: How should we value foregone consumer surplus?” American Journal of Health Economics, 2018. (Joint with Smith.)

Miller, “Childhood Medicaid Coverage and Later Life Health Care Utilization” Review of Economics and Statistics, 2018. (Joint with Wherry, Kaestner, & Meyer.)

Miller, “The Effect of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansions on Financial Wellbeing,” Journal of Public Economics, 2018. (Joint with Hu, Kaestner, Mazumder, & Wong.)

Miller, “The Impact of Insurance Expansions on the Already Insured: The Affordable Care Act and Medicare,” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2020. (Joint with Carey & Wherry.)