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Prof. Abaluck: Masks work – Major Masking Study Showcased in NYT

September 26, 2021.

Tobin Center Supports Pricing Nature Podcast

September 7th, 2021. Part of our emerging climate portfolio, the Tobin Center is supporting Pricing Nature, a podcast that tells a story about the economics, politics, and history of carbon pricing, which many argue should play a critical role in any national climate policy. Pricing Nature features conversations with carbon pricing experts from government, academia, and civil society. 

NYT quotes Tobin’s Cooper on Inconsistent Pricing at Hospitals

August 22th, 2021. Tobin’s Zack Cooper gives his thoughts on new hospital data showing hospital prices negotiated by private insurers. The data shows examples of major health insurers negotiating unfavorable rates for their customers; some insured patients are paying more than the cash rate.

CDC Features Tobin-supported Research on Childcare Provider Vaccine Uptake

August 13th, 2021

NPR: Tobin's Cooper Hospital Merger Cost to Communities, Biden Actions, and Taking "1% steps" for Change

July 20th, 2021

Washington Post: Tobin’s Professor Cooper on Biden Order to Enforce Hospital Price Transparency

July 12th, 2021

New York Times: "Buoyed by Federal Covid Aid, Big Hospital Chains Buy Up Competitors"

May 21st, 2021. The pandemic barely dented the financial outlook for some major hospital networks, which continued to acquire weaker hospitals and ailing doctors’ practices. Critics worry consolidation leads to higher prices for medical care. Zack Cooper, a health economist at Yale's Tobin Center, has been researching consolidation (horizontal and vertical) in health care and is interviewed for this New York Times article. Professor Cooper has been advising policy-makers on evidence-based steps for reform to address hospital concentration and rising consolidation in the U.S. as part of his 1% Steps for Health Care Reform Project.

Zack Cooper, Fiona Scott Morton Win NIHCM Award

April 28th, 2021

Spectrum News: Tobin Webtool Brings Nursing Home Risk Data a Live for Public Health Leaders.

April 15th, 2021

NPR: Vaccines at Dollar General Would Boost Access, Equity Shows Tobin-supported Study

April 8th, 2021

Freakonomics Radio: "Is Dialysis a Test Case of Medicare for All?"

April 7th, 2021. Kidney failure is such a catastrophic (and expensive) disease that Medicare covers treatment for anyone, regardless of age. Since Medicare reimbursement rates are fairly low, the dialysis industry had to find a way to tweak the system if they wanted to make big profits. They succeeded. This podcast includes interviews with Yale's health care economist, Zack Cooper.

McKnight's: New Tobin Resource Helps Nursing Homes Understand, Avoid Infection Risk.

April 7th, 2021

Freakonomics Radio: "How to Fix the Hot Mess of U.S. Healthcare"

Marce 31st, 2021. Medicine has evolved from a calling into an industry, adept at dispensing procedures and pills (and gigantic bills), but less good at actual health. Most reformers call for big, bold action. What happens if, instead, you think small? Yale economist, Zack Cooper, discusses the U.S. health system, his research, and the 1% Steps for Health Care Reform Project.

Politico: "The ‘Green Energy’ That Might Be Ruining the Planet"

March 26th, 2021. Politico quotes Yale and Tobin economist Steven Berry regarding Biomass Power

Creating a New Healthcare: “Reducing the Costs of American Healthcare – One Percent at a Time, with Zack Cooper, PhD”

March 25th, 2021. The focus of this interview is on a solution created by Yale Economists to address the rising & unsustainable costs of healthcare in our country. Most of us are aware that healthcare costs are a problem, but our guest today – Zack Cooper – argues the cost of healthcare is actually devastating to American workers & families. This is an extraordinary story of a ‘scholar-activist’ who is reframing the field of healthcare economics and utilizing evidence-based, scientific methodology to build solutions to lower the staggering costs of healthcare.

MarketWatch: "People Don't Shop for Health Care the Way they Shop for Other Services."

March 3, 2021

Scientific American: "Nursing Home Workers Had One of the Deadliest Jobs of 2020"

February 19, 2021

Health Affairs: "Health Care Reform: One (Percent) Step At A Time"

February 10, 2021

YaleNews: "Yale-led Project Offers Proposals to Fix U.S. Health System One Problem at a Time"

February 10, 2021

Politico: "Democrats Plan Big Medicaid Expansion in Covid Aid Package"

February 10, 2021

The New Republic: "The Case Against the $2,000 Checks"

January 8, 2021

NPR: "Hospitals Forced To Be More Transparent About Pricing. Will That Save You Money?"

January 5th, 2021

The New Yorker: "What the San Francisco Bay Area Can Teach Us About Fighting a Pandemic"

January 4th, 2021

NPR: "Congress Acts To Spare Consumers From Costly Surprise Medical Bills"

December 22, 2020

Yale Daily News: "Tobin Center Research Informs Economic Debate During Pandemic"

October 26th, 2020

Wall Street Journal: Landmark Tobin-Supported Study Finds Childcare Not Contributing to COVID-19 Spread

October 14th, 2020

New York Times: Zack Cooper on the Need for Federal Government to Lead COVID-19 Response

October 9th, 2020