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Harvard Kennedy School faculty disseminate their research in working papers and publications that contribute to public knowledge and fuel policy innovation. This list features recent faculty publications, including journal articles, books, edited volumes, research papers, and public testimony.

Faculty Papers and Publications

Song, Lina D., Soroush Saghafian, Joseph P. Newhouse, Mary Beth Landrum, and John Hsu. "The Impact of Vertical Integration on Physician Behavior and Healthcare Delivery: Evidence from Gastroenterology Practices." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP20-031, October 2020.
Boloori, Alireza, and Soroush Saghafian. "COVID-19: Health and Economic Impacts of Societal Intervention Policies in the U.S." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP20-027, August 2020.
Baicker, Katherine, and Amitabh Chandra. "Do We Spend Too Much on Health Care?" New England Journal of Medicine 383.7 (August 2020): 605-608.
Van Bavel, Jay J., Katherine Baicker...Smith, Sandra Susan...et al. "Using Social and Behavioural Science to Support COVID-19 Pandemic Response." Nature Human Behaviour 4 (April 2020): 460–471.
Borjas, George. "Demographic Determinants of Testing Incidence and COVID-19 Infections in New York City Neighborhoods." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP20-008, April 2020.
Chandra, Amitabh, and Craig Garthwaite. "Economic Principles for Medicare Reform." The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 686.1 (December 2019): 63-92.
Alsan, Marcella, Owen Garrick, and Grant Graziani. "Does Diversity Matter for Health? Experimental Evidence from Oakland." American Economic Review 109.12 (December 2019): 4071-4111.
Newhouse, Joseph P., Mary Price, John Hsu, Bruce Landon, and J. Michael McWilliams. "Currently Reading Delivery System Performance as Financial Risk Varies." The American Journal of Managed Care (December 2019).
Seo, Veri, Travis P. Baggett, Anne N. Thorndike, Peter Hull, John Hsu, Joseph P. Newhouse, and Vicki Fung. "Access to Care Among Medicaid and Uninsured Patients in Community Health Centers After the Affordable Care Act." BMC Health Services Research 19.1 (December 2019): 291.
Atkinson, Mariam K., and Soroush Saghafian. "Who Should See the Patient? On Discretionary Patient-Provider Assignments in Hospitals." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP19-037, November 2019.
Shepard, Mark, Katherine Baicker, and Jonathan Skinner. "Does One Medicare Fit All? The Economics of Uniform Health Insurance Benefits." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP19-036, November 2019.
Shepard, Mark, Michael Geruso, Timothy J. Layton, and Grace McCormack. "The Two Margin Problem in Insurance Markets." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP19-035, November 2019.
Saghafian, Soroush, and Wallace J. Hopp. "The Role of Quality Transparency in Health Care: Challenges and Potential Solutions." National Academy of Medicine, November 18, 2019.
Sameed, Muhammad, Jennie Zhang, Amanda Wright, Michele Cave, Anson Babu, Amitabh Chandra, Naresh Bassi, and Thaddeus Pula. "Improving Compliance to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Cms) Sepsis Bundle Using Epic Emr Informatics." Chest 156.4 (October 2019): A1693.
Hsu, John, Joseph Newhouse, Lindsay Nicole Overhage, and Samuel Zuvekas. "Fiscal Difficulties of Cities, the Labor Market, and Health Care." Journal of Pension Economics & Finance 18.4 (October 2019): 565-578.
Clark, Robert L., and Joseph P. Newhouse. "Incentives and Limitations of Employment Policies on Retirement Transitions." Journal of Pension Economics & Finance 18.4 (October 2019): 495-499.
Song, Lina D., Joseph P. Newhouse, Xabier Garcia-De-Albeniz, and John Hsu. "Changes in Screening Colonoscopy Following Medicare Reimbursement and Cost-Sharing Changes." Health Services Research 54.4 (August 2019): 839-850.
Zeckhauser, Richard. "Strategic Sorting: The Role of Ordeals in Health Care." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP19-023, June 2019.
Khullar, Dhruv1 Josephine Fisher, and Amitabh Chandra. "Trickle-Down Innovation and the Longevity of Nations." Lancet 393.10187 (June 2019): 2272-2274.
Saghafian, Soroush, Raha Imanirad, and Stephen J. Traub. "Do Physicians Influence Each Other’s Performance? Evidence from the Emergency Department." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP19-018, May 2019.
Nipp, Ryan D., Kessely Hong, and Electra D. Paskett. "Overcoming Barriers to Clinical Trial Enrollment." American Society of Clinical Oncology Educational Book 39 (May 2019): 105-114.
Shepard, Mark, Amy Finkelstein, and Nathaniel Hendren. "Subsidizing Health Insurance for Low-Income Adults: Evidence from Massachusetts." American Economic Review 109.4 (April 2019).
Newhouse, Joseph P., Mary Price, J. Michael McWilliams, John Hsu, Jeffrey Souza, and Bruce E. Landon. "Adjusted Mortality Rates Are Lower For Medicare Advantage Than Traditional Medicare, But The Rates Converge Over Time." Health Affairs 38.4 (April 2019): 554-560.
Lavelle, Tara A., Milton C. Weinstein, Joseph P. Newhouse, Kerim Munir, Karen A. Kuhlthau, and Lisa A. Prosser. "Parent Preferences for Health Outcomes Associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders." PharmacoEconomics 37.4 (April 2019): 541-551.
Lerner, Jennifer S. "Towards a Conceptual Model of Affective Predictions in Palliative Care." Journal of Pain and Symptom Management .
Alsan, Marcella, Vincenzo Atella, Jay Bhattacharya, Valentina Conti, Iván Mejía-Guevara, Grant Miller. "Technological Progress and Health Convergence: The Case of Penicillin in Post-War Italy." February 2019.
Song, Lina, and Soroush Saghafian. "Do Hospital Closures Improve the Efficiency and Quality of Other Hospitals?" HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP19-006, January 2019.
Andrews, Jason R., Stephen Baker, Florian Marks, Marcella Alsan, Denise Garrett, Bruce G. Gellin, Samir K. Saha et al. "Typhoid Conjugate Vaccines: A New Tool in the Fight against Antimicrobial Resistance." The Lancet Infectious Diseases 19.1 (January 2019): e26-e30.
Chandra, Amitabh, Benjamin Handel, and Joshua Schwartzstein. "Behavioral Economics and Health-Care Markets." Handbook of Behavioral Economics: Applications and Foundations. North-Holland, 2019, 459-502.
Bagley, Nicholas, Benjamin Berger, Amitabh Chandra, Craig Garthwaite, and Ariel D. Stern. "The Orphan Drug Act at 35: Observations and an Outlook for the Twenty-First Century." Innovation Policy and the Economy 19.1 (January 2019): 97-137.
Shepard, Mark, Kate Ho, and Ariel Pakes. "The Evolution of Health Insurer Costs in Massachusetts, 2010-12." Review of Industrial Organization 53.1 (August 2018): 117-137.
Sommers, Benjamin D., Mark Shepard, and Katherine Hempstead. "Why Did Employer Coverage Fall In Massachusetts After The ACA? Potential Consequences Of A Changing Employer Mandate." Health Affairs 37.7 (July 2018): 1144-1152.
McGuire, Thomas G., and Joseph P. Newhouse. "Medicare Advantage: Regulated Competition in the Shadow of a Public Option." Risk Adjustment, Risk Sharing and Premium Regulation in Health Insurance Market. Academic Press, 2018, 563-598.
Shepard, Mark, Timothy Layton, and Alice Ndikumana. "Health Plan Payment in Medicaid Managed Care: A Hybrid Model of Regulated Competition." Risk Adjustment, Risk Sharing, and Premium Regulation in Health Insurance Markets: Theory and Practice. Ed. Thomas McGuire and Richard van Kleef. Elsevier, 2018.
Shepard, Mark, Timothy Layton, and Ellen Montz. "Health Plan Payment in U.S. Marketplaces: Regulated Competition with a Weak Mandate." Risk Adjustment, Risk Sharing, and Premium Regulation in Health Insurance Markets: Theory and Practice. Ed. Thomas McGuire and Richard van Kleef. Elsevier, 2018.
Skinner, Jonathan, and Amitabh Chandra. "Health Care Employment Growth and the Future of US Cost Containment." Journal of the American Medical Association, 319.18, May 2018, 1861–1862.
Fung, Vicki, Cassandra Peitzman, Julie Shi, Catherine Liang, William Dow, Alan Zaslavsky, Bruce Fireman, Stephen F. Derose, Michael Chernew, Joseph P. Newhouse, and John Hsu. "Adverse Selection Into and Within the Individual Health Insurance Market in California in 2014." Health Services Research 53.5, Part I (Spring 2018): 3750-3769.
Traub, Stephen J., Soroush Saghafian, Kurtis Judson, Christopher Russi, Bo Madsen, Stephen Cha, Hannah C. Tolson, Leon D. Sanchez, and Jesse M. Pines. "Interphysician Differences in Emergency Department Length of Stay." Journal of Emergency Medicine 54.5 (May 2018): 702-710.
Bren, Austin, and Soroush Saghafian. "Data-Driven Percentile Optimization for Multi-Class Queueing Systems with Model Ambiguity: Theory and Application." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP18-008, February 2018.
Slusky, David J. G., and Richard J. Zeckhauser. "Sunlight and Protection Against Influenza." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP18-007, February 2018.
Baicker, Katherine, and Amitabh Chandra. "Evidence-Based Health Policy." New England Journal of Medicine 377 (December 2017): 2413-2415.
Newhouse, Joseph P. "Risk Adjustment with an Outside Option." Journal of Health Economics 56 (December 2017): 256-258.
Chien, Alyna, Joseph P. Newhouse, Lisa I. Iezzoni, Carter R. Petty, Sharon-Lise T. Normand, and Mark A. Schuster. "Socioeconomic Background and Commercial Health Plan Spending." Pediatrics 140.5 (November 2017): 1-10.
Saghafian, Soroush, and Wallace J. Hopp. "Can Public Reporting Cure Healthcare? The Role of Quality Transparency in Improving Patient-Provider Alignment." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP17-044, November 2017.
Shafrin, Jason, Anshu Shrestha, Amitabh Chandra, M. Haim Erder, and Vanja Sikirica. "Evaluating Matching-Adjusted Indirect Comparisons in Practice: A Case Study of Patients with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder." Health Economics 26.11 (November 2017): 1459-1466.
Howitt, Arnold M., Herman B. "Dutch" Leonard, and David W. Giles, eds. Public Health Preparedness: Case Studies in Policy and Management. American Public Health Association, 2017.
Boloori, Alireza, Soroush Saghafian, Harini A. A. Chakkera, and Curtiss B. Cook. "Data-Driven Management of Post-Transplant Medications: An APOMDP Approach." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP17-036, August 2017.
Saghafian, Soroush, Wallace J. Hopp, Seyed M. R. Iravani, Yao Cheng, and Daniel Diermeier. "Workload Management in Telemedical Physician Triage and Other Knowledge-Based Service Systems." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP17-035, August 2017.
Brot-Goldberg, Zarek C., Amitabh Chandra, Benjamin R. Handel, and Jonathan T. Kolstad. "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 (August 2017): 1261-1318.
Alsan, Marcella, John Beshears, Wendy S. Armstrong, James J. Choi, Brigitte C. Madrian, Minh Ly T. Nguyen, Carlos Del Rio, David Laibson, and Vincent C. Marconi. "A Commitment Contract to Achieve Virologic Suppression in Poorly Adherent Patients with HIV/AIDS." AIDS 31.12 (July 2017): 1765-1769.