Jonathan S. Skinner’s research focuses on the economics of health care, Medicare, and personal savings for retirement. His current research centers on technology’s impact on health care and the dynamics of disability insurance.
Skinner has published research on numerous health care topics, including the efficiency of the U.S. health care system, geographical variation in health care, and racial disparities in health. He has also published extensively on savings behavior, including on issues such as precautionary saving, the adequacy of retirement savings, and the effect of tax incentives on retirement savings.
Prior to beginning his tenure at Dartmouth College, Skinner worked as a professor at the University of Virginia and served as a visiting professor at Harvard University, Stanford University, and the University of Washington. Skinner was a research fellow in NBER’s Economics of Aging Program, where he continues to work as a research associate.
Skinner currently serves as a member of the Board of Editors for the American Economic Journals: Economic Policy and of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and as the Chair of the American Economic Association’s Committee on Government Relations. Previously, he served on the editorial board of the Annals of Internal Medicine and as an editor of the Journal of Human Resources. Skinner was a member of the Data Monitoring Committee for the Health and Retirement Study and has served on the Board of Overseers for the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and the Health Advisory Panel of the Congressional Budget Office. He has testified numerous times before U.S. Congressional committees.
He is the recipient of research grants and awards from several institutions, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Aging, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Skinner holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rochester. At Dartmouth, he teaches courses in public economics.