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

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.
Zeckhauser, Richard. "Strategic Sorting: The Role of Ordeals in Health Care." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP19-023, June 2019.
Saghafian, Soroush, Nikolaos Trichakis, Ruihao Zhu, and Helen A. Shih. "Joint Patient Selection and Scheduling under No-Shows: Theory and Application in Proton Therapy." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP19-019, May 2019.
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.
Shepard, Mark, Amy Finkelstein, and Nathaniel Hendren. "Subsidizing Health Insurance for Low-Income Adults: Evidence from Massachusetts." American Economic Review 109.4 (April 2019).
Lerner, Jennifer S. "Towards a Conceptual Model of Affective Predictions in Palliative Care." Journal of Pain and Symptom Management .
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.
Watkins, David A., Gavin Yamey, Marco Schäferhoff, Olusoji Adeyi, George Alleyne, Ala Alwan, Seth Berkley et al. "Alma-Ata at 40 Years: Reflections from the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health." The Lancet 392.10156 (October 2018): 1434-1460.
Hodgson, Nicole R., Souroush Saghafian, Lanyu Mi, Matthew R. Buras, Eric D. Katz, Jesse M. Pines, Leon Sanchez, Scott Silvers, Steven A. Maher, and Stephen J. Traub. "Are Testers Also Admitters? Comparing Emergency Physician Resource Utilization and Admitting Practices." Journal of Emergency Medicine 36.10 (October 2018): 1865-1869.
Saghafian, Soroush, Raha Imanirad, and Stephen J. Traub. "Who is an Efficient and Effective Physician? Evidence from Emergence Medicine." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP18-029, September 2018.
Traub, Stephen J., Soroush Saghafian, Adam C. Bartley, Matthew R. Buras, Christopher F. Stewart, and Brian T.Kruse. "The Durability of Operational Improvements with Rotational Patient Assignment." The American Journal of Emergency Medicine 36.8 (August 2018): 1367-1371.
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.
Woolcock, Michael. "Enhancing Public Health Outcomes in Developing Countries: From Good Policies and Best Practices to Better Implementation." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP18-016, February 2018.
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.
Summers, Lawrence H. "Taxes for Health: Evidence Clears the Air." The Lancet 391.10134 (May 2018): 1974-1976.
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.
Yamey, Gavin, Lawrence H. Summers, Dean T. Jamison, and Jessica Brinton. "How to Convene an International Health or Development Commission: Ten Key Steps." Health Policy and Planning 33.3 (April 2018): 429–435.
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.
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." Management Science 64.11 (February 2018): 5180-5197.
Slusky, David J. G., and Richard J. Zeckhauser. "Sunlight and Protection Against Influenza." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP18-007, February 2018.
Fan, Victoria Y., Dean T. Jamison, and Lawrence H. Summers. "Pandemic Risk: How Large Are the Expected Losses?" Bulletin of the World Health Organization 96.2 (February 2018): 129-134.
Frank, Richard G., and Richard J. Zeckhauser. "Excess Prices for Drugs in Medicare: Diagnosis and Prescription." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP18-005, January 2018.
Sinaiko, Anna, and Richard Zeckhauser. "Enrollee Outcomes After Health Insurance Plan Terminations: A Diagnosis of Default Effects." Behavioural Public Policy 2.1 (2018): 56-77.
Frank, Richard G., and Richard J. Zeckhauser. "High-Priced Drugs in Medicare Part D: Diagnosis and Potential Prescription." January 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.
Jayachandran, Seema, and Rohini Pande. "Why Are Indian Children so Short? The Role of Birth Order and Son Preference." American Economic Review 107.9 (September 2017): 2600-2629.
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.
Madrian, Brigitte with Marcella Alsan, John Beshears, Wendy S. Armstrong, James J. Choi, 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.
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.
Chandra, Amitabh, and Craig Garthwaite. "The Economics of Indication-Based Drug Pricing." New England Journal of Medicine 377.2 (July 2017): 103-106.
Efevbera, Yvette, Jacqueline Bhabha, Paul E. Farmer, and Günther Fink. "Girl Child Marriage as a Risk Factor for Early Childhood Development and Stunting." Social Science & Medicine 185 (July 2017): 91-101.
Traub, Stephen J., M'Hamed Temkit, and Soroush Saghafian. "Emergency Department Holding Orders." Journal of Emergency Medicine 52.6 (June 2017): 885-893.
Traub, Stephen J., Soroush Saghafian, Matthew R. Buras, and M'Hamed Temkit. "Resource Utilization in Emergency Department Patients with Known or Suspected Poisoning." Journal of Medical Toxicology (June 1, 2017).
Chandra, Amitabh, Tyler Hoppenfeld, and Jonathan Skinner. "Are Black-White Mortality Rates Converging?" Insights in the Economics of Aging. Ed. David A. Wise. University of Chicago Press, 2017, 205-226.
Chandra, Amitabh, Michael Frakes, and Anup Malani. "Challenges to Reducing Discrimination and Health Inequity through Existing Civil Rights Laws." Health Affairs 36.6 (June 2017): 1041-1047.