Research on Health Care in the U.S.

Faculty Sponsor(s): 
Zack Cooper

Project Description(s):

Professor Cooper is recruiting two or more Fellows to work with him and his co-authors on the following projects:

The Pricing of Prescription Drugs: This project will study trends in prices for pharmaceutical products in the US and analyze the impact of competition on pharmaceutical price growth. The project will focus, in particular, on the pricing of biologic drugs and the impact of new product entry and the entry of biosimilars

Politics, Lobbying, and Health Spending: The health care industry spends more than virtually any other industry on lobbying each year. This project will explore how lobbying impacts health care legislation and health care spending in the US. We will explore how lobbying influences the incentives facing members of Congress and on decisions about whether or not to adopt new technologies. 

Technology Adoption in Health Care: This project will explore what firms adopt new health care technologies and seek to understand how ownership structure and market structure influence adoption decisions. 

Pre-doctoral fellows will also work on the Health Care Pricing Project, which uses claims data from three of the five largest insurers in the US to examine the variation and growth in private health spending on the privately insured. Research from the team has been cited in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist and presented at the White House, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers from Medicare and Medicaid Services. Our aim is to produce rigorous scholarship that can directly inform public policy.

Candidates should have a long-term interest in pursuing economics-related research. The projects will involve building large datasets, analyzing data, creating presentations, and helping to prepare manuscripts. Previous pre-doctoral fellows have co-authored papers with the research team and regularly interact with faculty inside and outside of Yale. We have an excellent placement record, and previous fellows have gone on to top PhD programs in Economics, Public Policy, and Health Economics.

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Requisite Skills and Qualifications:

Applicants should be completing or have completed a Bachelors or Master’s degree and have excellent programming skills. Preference will be given to detail-oriented applicants with previous research and programming experience, particularly in working with large datasets using statistical packages including Stata and SAS. We prefer candidates who can work for two years. We also strongly encourage individuals with previous experience in economic consulting to apply.

Special Application Instructions:

To apply, please email Zack Cooper ( a pdf document titled “lastname_firstname” and containing the following material:

1. A cover letter describing your interest, dates available, your familiarity with programing languages, your prior research experience, and the names, email addresses, and phone numbers for 2-3 references;

2. A Current CV;

3. A transcript;

4. A writing sample;

5. A sample of your coding (preferably Stata).

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