Joseph Newhouse

John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management
Chair, Committee on Higher Degrees in Health Policy
Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy
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Joseph Newhouse


Joseph P. Newhouse,

Dr. Newhouse is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard University, Director of the Division of Health Policy Research and Education, chair of the Committee on Higher Degrees in Health Policy, and Director of the Interfaculty Initiative in Health Policy.  He is a member of the faculties of the Harvard Kennedy School, the Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as well as a Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Harvard University.  Following his Bachelors degree, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany.  Dr. Newhouse spent the first twenty years of his career at RAND, where he designed and directed the RAND Health Insurance Experiment. From 1981 to 1985 he was Head of the RAND Economics Department.

In 1981 he became the founding editor of the Journal of Health Economics, which he edited for 30 years.  He is a current member of the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine and a past member of the editorial board of the Journal of Economic Perspectives.  He was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1977 and has served two terms on its governing Council.  He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He is a past President of the Association for Health Services Research (AHSR), now AcademyHealth, of the International Health Economics Association, and was the inaugural President of the American Society of Health Economists.  He is a member of the Comptroller General’s Advisory Committee.  He has served as the vice-chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which reviews Medicare payment policy and makes recommendations to the Congress.  This Commission resulted from the 1997 merger of two predecessor commissions, the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission and the Physician Payment Review Commission.  Newhouse chaired the former and served as a Commissioner on the latter.  From 2007-2012 he served on the CBO Board of Health Advisers, from 2006-2012 on the Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council, and from 2004-2012 on the Science, Technology, and Economic Policy board of the National Research Council.  He served as a regent of the National Library of Medicine from 1999 to 2003.  He is a director of Aetna, Abt Associates, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

In 2014 he won the Victor Fuchs Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Health Economists.  He was the first recipient of the David N. Kershaw Award and Prize of the Association for Public Policy and Management in 1983, which honors persons under 40 who have made a distinguished contribution to the field of public policy analysis and management.  In 1988 he received the Baxter Health Services Research Prize for an unusually significant contribution to the improved medical care of the public through innovative health services research, as well as the Administrator’s Citation from the Health Care Financing Administration.  He and his co-authors received Article of the Year Awards in 1989 from AHSR, in 2006 from both AcademyHealth and ISPOR, and in 2014 from the National Institute for Health Care Management. In 1992 he received AHSR’s Distinguished Investigator Award, and in 1995 the Hans Sigrist Foundation Prize for distinguished scientific achievement, as well as the American Risk and Insurance Association’s Elizur Wright Award for Free for All?.  In 2000 he and his co-authors received the first Zvi Griliches award for Are Medical Prices Declining? In 2001 and again in 2013 he and his co-authors won the Kenneth J. Arrow Award for the best paper in health economics for How Does Managed Care Do It? and The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment; the latter also won the 2013 HSR Impact Award from AcademyHealth.  In 2003 he won the Paul A. Samuelson Certificate of Excellence from TIAA-CREF for Pricing the Priceless.  



  • SUP-957 Core Course in Health Policy I


  • SUP-958 Core Course in Health Policy II
  • SUP-572 The Economics of Health Care Policy

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Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Newhouse, Joseph P., and Thomas G. McGuire. "How Successful Is Medicare Advantage?" Milbank Quarterly 92.2 (June 2014): 351–39.
    • McGuire, Thomas G., Joseph P. Newhouse, Sharon-Lise Normand, Julie Shi, and Samuel Zuvekas. "Assessing Incentives for Service-level Selection in Private Health Insurance Exchanges." Journal of Health Economics 35 (May 2014): 47-63.
    • Huckfeldt, Peter J., Neeraj Sood, José J. Escarce, David C. Grabowski, and Joseph P. Newhouse. "Effects of Medicare Payment Reform: Evidence from the Home Health Interim and Prospective Payment Systems." Journal of Health Economics 34 (March 2014): 1-18.
    • Ayanian, John Z., Bruce E. Landon, Alan M. Zaslavsky, and Joseph P. Newhouse. "Racial and Ethnic Differences in Use of Mammography Between Medicare Advantage and Traditional Medicare." Journal of the National Cancer Institute 105.24 (December 2013): 1891-1896.
    • McGuire, Thomas G., Jacob Glazer, Joseph P. Newhouse, Sharon-Lise Normand, Julie Shi, Anna D. Sinaiko, and Samuel Zuvekas. "Integrating Risk Adjustment and Enrollee Premiums in Health Plan Payment." Journal of Health Economics 32.6 (December 2013): 1263–1277.
    • Newhouse, Joseph P., J. Michael McWilliams, Mary Price, Jie Huang, Bruce Fireman, and John Hsu. "Do Medicare Advantage Plans Select Enrollees in Higher Margin Clinical Categories?" Journal of Health Economics 32.6 (December 2013): 1278-1288.
    • Goldman, Dana P., Daniel McFadden, and Joseph P. Newhouse. "Introduction [to the Special Issue on the American Medicare Program, Parts C and D]." Journal of Health Economics 32.6 (December 2013): 1180-1184.
    • Fung, Vicki, Mary Reed, Mary Price, Richard Brand, William H. Dow, Joseph P. Newhouse, and John Hsu. "Responses to Medicare Drug Costs among Near-Poor versus Subsidized Beneficiaries." Health Services Research 48.5 (October 2013): 1653-1668.
    • Stevenson, David, John Z. Ayanian, Alan M. Zaslavsky, Joseph P. Newhouse, and Bruce E. Landon. "Service Use at the End of Life in Medicare Advantage versus Traditional Medicare." Medical Care 51.10 (October 2013): 931-937.
    • Huskamp, Haiden A., David G. Stevenson, A. James O’Malley, Stacie B. Dusetzina, Susan L. Mitchell, Barbara J. Zarowitz, Michael E. Chernew, and Joseph P. Newhouse. "Medicare Part D Plan Generosity and Medication Use among Dual Eligible Nursing Home Residents." Medical Care 51.10 (October 2013): 894-900.
    • Newhouse, Joseph P., and Alan M. Garber. "Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending in the United States." JAMA 310.12 (September 25, 2013): 1227-8.
    • Sood, Neeraj, Peter J. Huckfeldt, David C. Grabowski, Joseph P. Newhouse, and José J. Escarce. "The Effect of Prospective Payment on Admission and Treatment Policy: Evidence from Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities." Journal of Health Economics 32.5 (September 2013): 965-979.
    • Julia Adler-Milstein, Claudia Salzberg, Calvin Franz, John Orav, Joseph P. Newhouse, and David W. Bates. "Effect of Electronic Health Records on Health Care Costs: Longitudinal Comparative Evidence From Community Practices." Annals of Internal Medicine 159.2 (July 2013): 97-104.
    • Ayanian, John Z., Bruce E. Landon, Alan M. Zaslavsky, Robert C. Saunders, Robert C., Gregory L. Pawlson, and Joseph P. Newhouse. "Medicare Beneficiaries More Likely To Receive Appropriate Ambulatory Services In HMOs Than In Traditional Medicare." Health Affairs 32.7 (July 2013): 1228-1235.
    • Fung, Vicki, Mary Reed, Mary Price, Richard Brand, William Dow, Joseph P. Newhouse, and John Hsu. "Adverse Clinical Events Among Medicare Beneficiaries Using Antipsychotic Drugs: Linking Health Insurance Benefits and Clinical Needs." Medical Care 51.7 (July 2013): 614-621.
    • Baicker, Katherine, Sarah L. Taubman, Heidi L. Allen, Heidi L., Mira Bernstein, Jonathan H. Gruber, Joseph P. Newhouse, Eric C. Schneider, Bill J. Wright, Alan Zaslavsky, and Amy N. Finkelstein. "The Oregon Experiment -- Effects of Medicaid on Clinical Outcomes." New England Journal of Medicine 368.18 (May 2013): 1713-1722.
    • Newhouse, Joseph P., and Alan M. Garber. "Geographic Variation in Medicare Services." New England Journal of Medicine 368.16 (April 18, 2013): 1465-1468.
  • Book Chapters
    • Newhouse, Joseph P. "The Economics of Medical Care." Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th edition. Ed. Dennis L. Kasper, Anthony S. Fauci, Stephen L. Hauser, Dan L. Longo, J. Larry Jameson, and Joseph Loscalzo. McGraw Hill, 2013, 15e.
  • Edited Volumes
    • Joseph P. Newhouse, Alan M. Garber, Robin P. Graham, Margaret A. McCoy, Michelle Mancher, and Ashna Kibria, eds. Variation in Health Care Spending: Target Decision-Making, Not Geography. National Academy Press, 2013.
  • Research Papers/Reports
    • Jacobson, Mireille, Tom Y. Chang, Joseph P. Newhouse, and Craig C. Earle. "Physician Agency and Competition: Evidence from a Major Change to Medicare Chemotherapy Reimbursement Policy." NBER Working Paper 19247, July 2013.