Health Economics

Foundational Research on Health Care Markets and Policies


The Health Economics Initiative advances and supports rigorous analysis of the forces that shape health care costs, coverage, provision, and outcomes. These forces include incentives, innovation, regulation, competition, labor markets, public financing of health care programs and fiscal constraints, and international differences in health care policies, markets, and technology. Read more about our programming activities in the annual reports below:

Programs within the initiative are led by nationally known health economists who have studied significant problems in health care markets, delivery, and policies:

Tomas J. Philipson, a globally recognized health care economist and the Daniel Levin Professor of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. He has served in key policy positions with the federal government and has also consulted for many Fortune 100 companies. Philipson focuses his research on health economics and its impact on public policy decision-making.

Casey B. Mulligan, a professor in the Department of Economics, and author of the 2015 book Side Effects and Complications: The Economic Consequences of Health-Care Reform. His recent research is concerned with capital and labor taxation, and he has written widely on the labor effects of the Affordable Care Act.

David O. Meltzer, the Fanny L. Pritzker Professor and Chief of Hospital Medicine at the University of Chicago who also holds a PhD in economics. Meltzer studies problems in health economics and public policy with a focus on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis and the cost and quality of hospital care.

Overseeing the initiative is an advisory committee led by Kevin M. Murphy, George J. Stigler Distinguished Professor in the Department of Economics and Chicago Booth School of Business.