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Amitabh Chandra, Harvard Kennedy School professor of public policy, has been awarded the 2012 American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon) Medal Award. ASHEcon is a newly formed professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in health economics research in the United States.
The ASHEcon Medal is awarded biennially to a researcher age 40 or under who has made the most significant contributions to the field of health economics. The criteria are scholarly contributions to health economics, primarily through publications in economics journals and may be theoretical, empirical, or methodological.
Chandra is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and served in 2011 as Massachusetts’ Special Commissioner on Provider Price Reform. He is an editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics, Economics Letters, and the American Economic Journal, and was previously an editor at the Journal of Human Resources.
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, and the New England Journal of Medicine.
He is also the first-prize recipient of the Upjohn Institute’s Dissertation Research Award, the Kenneth Arrow Award for best paper in health economics, and the Eugene Garfield Award for the impact of medical research.