Amitabh Chandra is an economist, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy, and Director of Health Policy Research at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he is 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 health care, medical malpractice, and racial disparities in health care. 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 Reform.
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. Website.CV.
Selected Research Publications:
Skinner, Jonathan, and Amitabh Chandra. 2018. Health Care Employment Growth and the Future of US Cost Containment. Journal of the American Medical Association, 319(18), 1861–1862.
Baicker, Katherine, and Amitabh Chandra. 2017. Evidence-Based Health Policy. New England Journal of Medicine 377: 2413-2415.
Brot-Goldberg, Zarek C., Amitabh Chandra, Benjamin R. Handel, and Jonathan T. Kolstad. 2017. What Does a Deductible Do?: The Impact of Cost-Sharing on Health Care Prices, Quantities, and Spending Dynamics. The Quarterly Journal of Economics 132(3): 1261-1318.
Chandra, Amitabh. 2016. The past and future of the Affordable Care Act. Journal of the American Medical Association, 316(5): 497-499. [response to President Obama’s article, United States health care reform: Progress to date and next steps]
Chandra, Amitabh, Jason Shafrin, and Ravinder Dhawan. 2016. Utility of cancer value frameworks for patients, payers, and physicians. Journal of the American Medical Association, 315(19): 2069-2070.
Chandra, Amitabh, Amy Finkelstein, Adam Sacarny and Chad Syverson. 2016.Health care exceptionalism? Performance and allocation in the US health care sector.American Economic Review106(8): 2110-44.
Chandra, Amitabh and Douglas Staiger. 2016. Sources of inefficiency in healthcare and education. American Economic Review, 106(5): 383-87.
Chandra, Amitabh, Amy Finkelstein, Adam Sacarny and Chad Syverson. 2016. Productivity dispersion in medicine and manufacturing.American Economic Review, 106(5): 99-103.
Sahni, Nikhil R, Maurice Dalton, David M Cutler, John D Birkmeyer, Amitabh Chandra. 2016. Surgeon specialization and operative mortality in United States: Retrospective analysis. BMJ, 354-357.
Chandra, Amitabh, Amy Finkelstein, Adam Sacarny, and Chad Syverson. 2015. Healthcare Exceptionalism? Performance and Allocation in the U.S. Healthcare Sector. National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper 21603.
Bagley, Nicholas, Amitabh Chandra, and Austin Frakt. 2015. Correcting Signals for Innovation in Health Care. The Hamilton Project, Discussion paper 2015-09.
Chandra, Amitabh and Dana Goldman. 2015. Understanding Health Care's Short-Termism Problem. Harvard Business Review, September 28, 2015. Publisher's Version.
Chandra, Amitabh and Jacqueline Vanderpuye-Orgle. 2015. Competition in the Age of Biosimilars. Journal of the American Medical Association 314, no. 3: 225-226.
Chandra, Amitabh, Jonathan Holmes, and Jonathan Skinner. 2013. Is This Time Different? The Slowdown in Health Care Spending. Brookings Papers on Economic Activity: 261-323..
Chandra, Amitabh, Maurice Dalton, and Jonathan Holmes. 2013. Large Increases in Spending on Postacute Care in Medicare to the Potential for Cost Savings in These Settings. Health Affairs 32, no. 5: 864-872. Publisher's Version
Chandra, Amitabh, Jinkook Lee, P Arokiasamy, Peifeng Hu, Jenny Liu, and Kevin Feeney. 2012. Markers and drivers: cardiovascular health of middle-aged and older indians. Aging in Asia: findings from new and emerging data initiatives. The National Academies Press. Publisher's Version
Chandra, Amitabh, Katherine Baicker, and Jonathan S Skinner. 2012. Saving money or just saving lives? improving the productivity of US health care spending. Annual Review of Economics 4: 33-56. Publisher's Version
Chandra, Amitabh, and Jonathan S Skinner. 2011. Technology growth and expenditure growth in health care. Publisher's Version
Chandra, Amitabh, Anupam B Jena, and Jonathan S Skinner. 2011. The pragmatist's guide to comparative effectiveness research. Journal of Economic Perspectives 25, no. 2: 27-46. Publisher's Version
Chandra, Amitabh, Jonathan Gruber, and Robin McKnight. 2011. Patient Cost-Sharing and Hospitalization Offsets in the Elderly. American Economic Review 100, no. 1: 193-213. Publisher's Version
Chandra, Amitabh, and Douglas Staiger. 2007. Productivity Spillovers in Health Care: Evidence from the Treatment of Heart Attacks. Journal of Political Economy 115, no. 1: 103-140. Publisher's Version