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John F. Kennedy School of Government
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Cambridge, MA 02138
Amitabh Chandra is an economist, a Professor of Public
Policy and Director of Health Policy Research at the Harvard
Kennedy School of Government, where he also Director of PhD
Admissions and Area Chair for Social and Urban Policy. He is a
member of the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) Panel of Health
Advisors, and is a Research Associate at the IZA Institute in Bonn,
Germany and at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). His
research focuses on productivity and cost-growth in healthcare,
medical malpractice, 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, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and
Health Affairs. He is an editor of the Review of Economics and
Statistics, a former editor of the Journal of Human Resources, and
serves on the editorial boards of Economics Letters and the
American Economic Journal.
Chandra has testified to the United States Senate and the United
States Commission on Civil Rights. His research has been featured
in the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, Newsweek, and on
National Public Radio. He has been a consultant to the RAND
Corporation, Microsoft Research, the Institute of Medicine and the
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts. In 2011 he
served as Massachusetts' Special Commissioner on Provider Price
Professor Chandra is an elected member of the Institute of
Medicine, 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, he 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.
Doctoral Seminar in the Economics of Health and Medical Care
Proseminar on Inequality and Social Policy II
Empirical Methods II
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Selected Publication Citations:
- Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
Seabury, Seth A., Anupam B. Jena, and Amitabh Chandra. "Trends in
the Earnings of Health Care Professionals in the United States,
1987-2010." Journal of the American Medical Association
308.20 (2012): 2083-2085.
Baicker, Katherine, and Amitabh Chandra. "The Health Care Jobs
Fallacy." New England Journal of Medicine 366.26 (June 28,
Jena, Anupam B., Amitabh Chandra, Darius Lakdawalla, and Seth
Seabury. "Outcomes of Medical Malpractice Litigation Against US
Physicians." Archives of Internal Medicine 172.11 (June
Baicker, Katherine, Amitabh Chandra, and Jonathan S. Skinner.
"Saving Money or Just Saving Lives? Improving the Productivity of
US Health Care Spending." Annual Review of Economics 4
Chen, Christopher, Gabriel Scheffler, and Amitabh Chandra.
"Massachusetts' Health Care Reform and Emergency Department
Utilization." New England Journal of Medicine 365.12
(September 22, 2011).
Jena, Anupam B., Seth Seabury, Darius Lakdawalla, and Amitabh
Chandra. "Malpractice Risk According to Physician Specialty."
New England Journal of Medicine 365.7 (August 2011):
Hanson, Jamie L., Amitabh Chandra, Barbara L. Wolfe, and Seth D.
Pollak. "Association between Income and the Hippocampus." PLoS
ONE 6.5 (May 2011): e18712.
Chandra, Amitabh, Anupam B. Jena, and Jonathan S. Skinner. "The
Pragmatist’s Guide to Comparative Effectiveness Research."
Journal of Economic Perspectives 25.2 (Spring 2011): 27–46.
Chandra, Amitabh, Jonathan Gruber, and Robin McKnight. "The
Importance of the Individual Mandate — Evidence from
Massachusetts." New England Journal of Medicine 364.4
(January 2011): 293-295.
Alhassani, Ali, Michael Chernew, Amitabh Chandra. "The Sources of
the SGR “Hole”." New England Journal of Medicine 366.4
(January 26, 2011): 289-291.
Bynum, Julie P. W., Elliott S. Fisher, Yunjie Song, Jonathan
Skinner, and Amitabh Chandra. "Measuring Racial Disparities in the
Quality of Ambulatory Diabetes Care." Medical Care 48.12
(December 2010): 1057-1063.
Mello, Michelle M., Amitabh Chandra, Atul A. Gawande, and David M.
Studdert. "National Costs Of The Medical Liability System."
Health Affairs 29.9 (September 2010): 1569-1577.
Block, Jason P., Amitabh Chandra, Katherine D. McManus, and Walter
C. Willett. "Point-of-Purchase Price and Education Intervention to
Reduce Consumption of Sugary Soft Drinks." American Journal of
Public Health 100.8 (August 2010): 1427-1433.
Chandra, Amitabh, Jonathan Gruber, and Robin McKnight. "Patient
Cost Sharing in Low Income Populations." American Economic
Review, Papers and Proceedings 100.2 (May 2010): 303-308.
Chandra, Amitabh, Jonathan Gruber, and and Robin McKnight. "Patient
Cost-Sharing and Hospitalization Offsets in the Elderly."
American Economic Review 100.1 (March 2010): 193-213.
Chernew, Michael E., Lindsay M. Sabik, Amitabh Chandra, Teresa B.
Gibson, and Joseph P. Newhouse. "Geographic Correlation Between
Large-Firm Commercial Spending and Medicare Spending." American
Journal of Managed Care 16.2 (February 2010): 131-138.
Chernew, Michael E., Lindsay M. Sabik, Amitabh Chandra, and Joseph
P. Newhouse. "Ensuring the Fiscal Sustainability of Health Care
Reform." New England Journal of Medicine 362.1 (January 7,
Baicker, Katherine, and Amitabh Chandra. "Uncomfortable Arithmetic
— Whom to Cover versus What to Cover." New England Journal of
Medicine 362.2 (December 16, 2009): 95-97.
Chernew, Michael E., Lindsay Sabik, Amitabh Chandra, and Joseph P.
Newhouse. "Would Having More Primary Care Doctors Cut Health
Spending Growth?" Health Affairs 28.5 (September/October
Baicker, Katherine, and Amitabh Chandra. "A Trillion-Dollar
Geography Lesson." Health Affairs 28.5 (September/October
Yasaitis, Laura, Elliott S. Fisher, Jonathan S. Skinner, and
Amitabh Chandra. "Hospital Quality And Intensity Of Spending: Is
There An Association?" Health Affairs 28.4 (July-August
Chandra, Amitabh. "Who You Are and Where You Live: Race and the
Geography of Healthcare." Medical Care 47.2 (February 2009):
Baicker, Katherine, and Amitabh Chandra. "Myths and Misconceptions
about Health Insurance." Health Affairs 27.6
Landrum, Mary Beth, Ellen R. Meara, Amitabh Chandra, Edward
Guadagnoli, and Nancy L. Keating. "Is Spending More Always
Wasteful? The Appropriateness of Care and Outcomes Among Colorectal
Cancer Patients." Health Affairs 27.1 (January/February
Baicker, Katherine, Elliott S. Fisher, and Amitabh Chandra.
"Malpractice Liability Costs and the Practice of Medicine in the
Medicare Program." Health Affairs 26.3 (May/June 2007):
Jha, Ashish K., Douglas O. Staiger, Lee Lucas, and Amitabh Chandra.
"Do Race-Specific Models Explain Disparities in Treatments after
Acute Myocardial Infarction?" American Heart Journal 153.5
(May 2007): 785-791.
Chandra, Amitabh, and Douglas O. Staiger. "Productivity Spillovers
in Health Care: Evidence from the Treatment of Heart Attacks."
Journal of Political Economy 115.1 (February 2007): 103-140.
Baicker, Katherine, Kasey S. Buckles, and Amitabh Chandra.
"Geographic Variation in the Appropriate Use of Cesarean Delivery."
Heath Affairs Web Exclusive 25.5 (Sep./Oct. 2006):
Baicker, Katherine and Amitabh Chandra. "The Labor Market Effects
of Rising Health Insurance Premiums." Journal of Labor
Economics 24.3 (July 2006): 609-634.
Chandra, Amitabh. "The Metrics of the Physician Brain Drain."
New England Journal of Medicine 354.5 (February 2, 2006):
Skinner, Jonathan, Amitabh Chandra, Douglas Staiger, Julie Lee, and
Mark McClellan. "Mortality After Acute Myocardial Infarction in
Hospitals That Disproportionately Treat Black Patients."
Circulation 112.17 (October 2005): 2634-2641.
Baicker, Katherine, and Amitabh Chandra. "Defensive Medicine and
Disappearing Doctors?" Regulation 28.3 (Fall 2005): 24-31.
Bollinger, Christopher R., and Amitabh Chandra. "Iatrogenic
Specification Error: A Cautionary Tale of Cleaning Data."
Journal of Labor Economics 23.2 (April 2005): 235-257.
Barnato, Amber E., F. Lee Lucas, Douglas Staiger, David E.
Wennberg, and Amitabh Chandra. "Hospital-Level Racial Disparities
in Acute Myocardial Infarction Treatment and Outcomes." Medical
Care 43.4 (April 2005): 308-319.
Chandra, Amitabh, Shantanu Nundy, and Seth A. Seabury. "The Growth
Of Physician Medical Malpractice Payments: Evidence From The
National Practitioner Data Bank." Health Affairs Web
Exclusive 24 (Jan./Jun. 2005): 240-249.
Baicker, Katherine, Amitabh Chandra, and Jonathan S. Skinner.
"Geographic Variation in Health Care and the Problem of Measuring
Racial Disparities." Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
48.1 (Supplement) (2005): S42-S53.
Mello, Michelle, and Amitabh Chandra. "The Cap Doesn’t Fit." New
York Times, July 11, 2009.
- Public Testimony
Chandra, Amitabh. Testimony to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission,
June 12, 2009.
Chandra, Amitabh. Testimony to the United States Senate Finance
Committee, Hearing on Health Care Reform, November 19, 2008.
Chandra, Amitabh, and Tom S. Vogl. "Rising Up With Shoe Leather?"
Comment on Fair Society, Healthy Lives (The Marmot Review),
Social Science & Medicine, 71.7, October 2010: