Working group

Health Economics Research Group

Working Group Members

Naoki Aizawa

Credentials: Assistant Professor, Economics

Robert Batt

Credentials: Associate Professor, Business

Daniel Bauer

Credentials: Professor, Risk and Insurance

Position title: Hickman-Larson Chair in Actuarial Science

Hessam Bavafa

Credentials: Associate Professor, Operations and Information Management

Marguerite Burns

Credentials: Associate Professor, Population Health Sciences

Ying (Jessica) Cao

Credentials: Assistant Professor, Population Health Sciences

Chad Cotti

Credentials: Professor, Economics

Position title: Oshkosh Corporation Endowed Professor

Christine Durrance

Credentials: Associate Professor, Public Affairs

Jason Fletcher

Credentials: CDHA Director; Professor, Public Affairs and Population Health Sciences, UW–Madison

Tiffany Green

Credentials: Assistant Professor, Population Health Sciences and Obstetrics & Gynecology

Mustafa Hussein

Credentials: Assistant Professor Public Health

Lindsay Jacobs

Credentials: Assistant Professor, Public Affairs

Katie Jajtner

Credentials: Research Scientist, Center for Financial Security Retirement and Disability Research Center

Nicholas Lovett

Credentials: Lecturer, Economics

Corina Mommaerts

Credentials: Assistant Professor, Economics

Anita Mukherjee

Credentials: Assistant Professor, Risk and Insurance

John Mullahy

Credentials: Professor, Population Health Sciences

Rebecca Myerson

Credentials: Assistant Professor, Population Health Sciences

Hamid Noghanibehambari

Credentials: Postdoctoral Researcher, CDHA

Mariétou Ouayogodé

Credentials: Assistant Professor, Population Health Sciences

Gwyn Pauley

Credentials: Lecturer, Economics

Marjorie A. Rosenberg

Credentials: Professor, Risk and Insurance

Joan Schmit

Credentials: Professor, Business

Position title: American Family Insurance Distinguished Chair in Risk Management and Insurance

Lauren Schmitz

Credentials: Assistant Professor, Public Affairs, UW–Madison

Jeff Smith

Credentials: Professor Economics

Position title: Paul T. Heyne Distinguished Chair in Economics, Richard Meese Chair in Applied Econometrics

Ashley Swanson

Credentials: Associate Professor, Economics

Justin Sydnor

Credentials: Professor, Risk and Insurance

Position title: Leslie P. Schultz Professor, Risk and Insurance

Kevin Thom

Credentials: Associate Professor, Economics, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Yang Wang

Credentials: Associate Professor, Public Affairs

Nicole Werner

Credentials: Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Barbara L. Wolfe

Credentials: Professor Emerita, Economics, Population Health Sciences, and Public Affairs

Victoria Zhang

Credentials: Assistant Professor, Management and Human Resources

Spring 2023 Events

May 8, 2023
2-4:30 pm, Memorial Union

  • 2:00: Rebecca Myerson
    Insulin for $35 or Less? Inflation Reduction Act Caps to Out-of-Pocket Costs and Insulin Fills in the Medicare Population in Early 2023
  • 2:30: Jason Fletcher
    Passing as White: Racial Identity and Old-Age Longevity
  • 3:00 Jeremy Barofsky
    Immigrant Safety Net Uptake: The Public Charge Rule as Administrative Burden and its Effects on Health
  • 3:30 Michael Lebenbaum
    Television Viewing and Social Capital
  • 4:00 Alex Natanson (tentative)
    Local Immigration Policies Effects on Health

Events Archive

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Fall 2017

December 8, 2017
3–5 pm, Memorial Union, Langdon Room

November 17, 2017
3–5 pm, Memorial Union, Profile Room

Spring/Summer 2018

August 9, 2018
4–6 pm, Memorial Union, Council Room – 4th Floor

  • “Labor Market Screening and Social Insurance Program Design for the Disabled,” Naoki Aizawa (UW–Madison)
  • SNAP timing and Medicaid utilization, Chad Cotti (UW–Oshkosh)

July 6, 2018
3–5 pm, Memorial Union, State Room East – 4th Floor

June 22, 2018 
3–5 pm, Place: Memorial Union, Beefeaters Room – 3rd Floor

May 11, 2018
4–6 pm, Memorial Union, Council Room

  • Nurse Deregulation, Yang Wang (UW–Madison)
  • Early Life Health and Life Course Earnings, Bobbi Wolfe (UW–Madison)
    Discussion: CDHA and MHEC

Fall 2018

December 13, 2018
3–5 pm, Memorial Union, Profile Room

  • Living Wage and Health, Mustafa Hussein (UW–Madison)
  • Measuring Cognition in the HRS data, Geoffrey Wallace (UW–Madison)

November 16, 2018
3–5 pm, Memorial Union, Capital View Room – 4th Floor

  • Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, Bob Batt (UW–Madison)
  • Occupation and Cognition, Lindsay Jacobs (UW–Madison)

October 19, 2018
3–5 pm, Memorial Union, Capital View Room – 4th Floor

  • Clustering Techniques for Predicting Health Expenditures, Margie Rosenberg (UW–Madison)
  • Intergenerational Mobility and Disability Status, Katie Jajtner (UW–Madison)

Spring 2019

May 10, 2019
3–5 pm, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery – Room 1260
End of Semester Event
Discussion with Trevor Sawalish (Children’s Minnesota) about potential collaborations and data availability
4 pm, Reception at Steenbocks on Orchard

May 3, 2019
3–5 pm, Memorial Union, Council Room – 4th Floor

  • “Intergenerational Health Mobility,” Katie Jajtner (UW–Madison)
  • “Application of a Longitudinal Matching Algorithm to Clinical Trial Data,” Cornelia Ilin (UW–Madison)

March 29, 2019
3–5 pm, Memorial Union Room, Class of 1924 Room – 4th Floor

  • “Differential Responses to the Minimum Legal Drinking Age Law,” Jason Fletcher (UW–Madison)
  • “Medicaid Expansions in Wisconsin,” Gwyn Pauley (UW–Madison)

Fall 2019

November 15, 2019
3–5 pm, Memorial Union, Profile Room – 2nd Floor
“Government Advertising in Market-Based Public Programs: Evidence from the Health Insurance Marketplace,”  Naoki Aizawa (UW–Madison)
“Multidimensional Health Measurement and Analysis,” John Mullahy (UW–Madison)

October 11, 2019
3–5 pm, Memorial Union, Old Madison

September 12, 2019
3–4:30 pm, Memorial Union, Beefeaters
“Local Access to Mental Healthcare and Crime,” Monica Deza (Hunter College, CUNY), CDHA Visiting Scholar

Spring 2020

February 28, 2020
3–5 pm, Memorial Union, Founder’s Room – 2nd Floor

February 14, 2020
3–5 pm, Memorial Union, Room: Old Madison Room – 3rd Floor East

  • “Work Place Health Promotion RCT,” Marianne Simonsen (Aarhus University)
  • “Medicaid Dental Benefit Expansion in Wisconsin,” Gwyn Pauley (UW–Madison)

February 7, 2020
3–5 pm, Memorial Union, Room Old Madison – 3rd Floor East
“Cognitive Decline and Healthcare Utilization among Older Americans: Evidence from the HRS-Medicare Linked Data,” Xi Chen (Yale University)

Fall 2020

October 21, 2020
2:30–4 pm, Virtual Meeting
“Discovering Treatment Effectiveness via Median Treatment Effects—Applications to COVID-19 Clinical Trials,” John Mullahy (UW–Madison)

October 7, 2020
2:30–4 pm, Virtual Meeting
What Can Economics Say About Alzheimer’s Disease?” Corina Mommaerts (UW–Madison) (Video)

September 17–18, 2020
11th Annual Midwest Health Economics Conference (MHEC) (Virtual) (Video Playlist)

September 9, 2020
2:30–4 pm, Virtual Meeting
Updates and introductions from new UW–Madison group members: Christine DurranceJessica Cao, and Priya Mukherjee

Spring 2021

January 27, 2021

  • “Churn in Medicaid for Wisconsin,” Gwyn Pauley
  • “Heat and Violent Behavior Among Prisoners in Mississippi,” Anita Mukherjee (Video, Restricted, UW only)

April 21, 2021

April 28, 2021

  • “Opioids and Employment: A Dynamic Approach” and “Does Distributing SNAP Benefits Later in the Month Smooth Expenditures?” Anita Mukherjee

Special Event: Opioids Workshop, Fall 2021

On Wednesday, September 29, the UW Health Economics Research Group hosted a workshop exploring research on the opioid epidemic with presentations by Adibah Abdulhadi (PhD student, economics), Christine Durrance (associate professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs), Ross Milton (assistant professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs), Anita Mukherjee (assistant professor, Wisconsin School of Business), Hans Georg Schwarz (PhD student, economics), and Hannes Schwandt (assistant professor, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern).

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Spring 2022

April 11, 2022

  • “Early-Life Economic Conditions and Old-Age Mortality” and “Social Insurance Programs and Later-Life Mortality: Evidence from New Deal Relief Spending,” Hamid Noghanibehambari
  • “Which Confidence Interval?” John Mullahy

April 14, 2022

  • Special Event: Hilldale Lecture Series and Offner Lecture, “The Great Divide: Education, Despair & Death,” Anne Case (Video)


Fall 2022

September 23rd, 2022

December 16th, 2022

  • “Outreach and Medicaid Enrollment: Experimental Evidence from Wisconsin’s Navigator Program,” Rebecca Myerson (UW-Madison)
  • “The Effect of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Uptake on CPS Involvement of Children,” Christine Durrance (UW-Madison)
  • “Are Hospital Acquisitions of Physician Practices Anticompetitive?” Ashley Swanson (UW-Madison)
  • “The Effects of Tobacco 21 Policies on Smoking and Vaping – Evidence from Panel Data and Biomarkers,” Chad Cotti (UW-Oshkosh)
  • “Direct and Indirect Effects of Vaccines,” Dan Sacks (UW-Madison)