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25th Annual Health Economics Conference

The Health Policy Forum at Rice University’s Baker Institute hosted the 25th Annual Health Economics Conference (AHEC) on Oct. 16-17, 2014. 

To watch the video and view the speakers' slides from the plenary session, scroll down to the bottom of the page.



Click here to view the full agenda for the 2014 conference.


Thursday, October 16

8:15 am     


9:15 am     

Welcome and Introduction

Vivian Ho, Ph.D., James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, and Director, Health Policy Forum, Baker Institute

 9:30 am     

Session 1: Medicare Reform

Moderator: Vivian Ho (Baker Institute)

"Does Privatized Health Insurance Benefit Patients or Producers? Evidence From Medicare Advantage"
Authors: Marika Cabral (University of Texas at Austin, presenting), Michael Geruso (University of Texas at Austin) and Neale Mahoney (University of Chicago)
Discussant: Jason Abaluck (Yale University)

"The Impact of Consumer Inattention on Insurer Pricing in the Medicare Part D Program"
Authors: Kate Ho (Columbia University, presenting), Joseph Hogan (Columbia University) and Fiona Scott Morton (Yale University)
Discussant: John Romley (University of Southern California)
Paper not available online

"Upcoding or Selection? Evidence from Medicare on Squishy Risk Adjustment"
Authors: Michael Geruso (Harvard University, University of Texas at Austin) and Timothy Layton (Harvard Medical School, presenting) 
Discussant: Colleen Carey (University of Michigan)

12:20 pm    


1:30 pm     

Session 2: Improving Health Outcomes

Moderator: Aimee Chin (University of Houston)

"Can Walmart Make Us Healthier? The Effect of Market Forces on Health Care Utilization"
Author: Florencia Borrescio Higa (Universidad Adolfo Ibañez)
Discussant: Sarah Axeen (University of Southern California)

"The Long-Term Effect of Health Insurance on Near-Elderly Health and Mortality"
Authors: Bernard Black (Northwestern University), José-Antonio Espin-Sánchez (Yale University, presenting), Eric French (University College London, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago) and Kate Litvak (Northwestern University)
Discussant: Michael Geruso (University of Texas at Austin)

"Physicians versus Midwives: Returns to Childbirth Technologies for Low-Risk Births"
Authors: N. Meltem Daysal (University of Southern Denmark, IZA), Mircea Trandafir (University of Southern Denmark, presenting), and Reyn van Ewijk (University Medical Centre Mainz, University of Mainz)
Discussant: Kitt Carpenter (Vanderbilt University)
Paper not available online

4:20 pm     

Session 3: Health Insurance

Moderator: Laura Dague (Texas A&M University)

"Moral Hazard in Health Insurance Expansions: Liquidity or Distortion?"
Author: Matthew Niedzwiecki (University of California Berkeley, presenting)
Discussant: Bernard Black (Northwestern University)
Paper not available online

 6:30 pm     


Remarks by Chuck Phelps, Founding Member, AHEC


Friday, October 17

8:00 am     


8:30 am     

Session 3: Health Insurance (cont.)

Moderator: Laura Dague (Texas A&M University)

"The Effect of High-Deductible Health Plans on Consumer Health Spending"
Authors: Zarek Brot-Goldberg (University of California Berkeley), Amitabh Chandra (Harvard University), Benjamin Handel (University of California Berkeley) and Jonathan Kolstad (University of Pennsylvania, presenting)
Discussant: Gautam Gowrisankaran (University of Arizona)
Paper not available online

"The Effect of Health Insurance Subsidy on Mortality for Low-Income Individuals"
Authors: Martin Andersen (Johns Hopkins University, presenting), Mark Duscheiko (University of York) and Simona Grassi (University of Lausanne)
Discussant: Kosali Simon (Indiana University)
Paper not available online

 10:30 am     

Session 4: Moral Hazard and Price Transparency

Moderator: Ellerie Weber (University of Texas School of Public Health)

"Moral Hazard in Search: Evidence from the Market for Health Care"
Author: Ethan Lieber (University of Notre Dame, presenting)
Discussant: Ashley Swanson (University of Pennsylvania)
Paper not available online

11:20 am    

Lunch and Plenary

"The Past and Future of Health Economics Research"
Panelists: Karen Davis (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) and Amitabh Chandra (Harvard Kennedy School of Government)
Moderator: Chuck Phelps (Founding Member, AHEC)

1:00 pm     

Session 4: Moral Hazard and Price Transparency (cont.)

"Moral Hazard and Adverse Selection in Private Health Insurance"
Authors: David Powell (Rand, presenting) and Dana Goldman (University of Southern California)
Discussant: James Marton (Georgia State University)

"The Effects of Price Transparency Regulation on Prices in the Healthcare Industry"
Authors: Hans B. Christensen (University of Chicago), Eric Floyd (University of Chicago/Rice University, presenting) and Mark Maffett (University of Chicago)
Discussant: Peter Huckfeldt (Rand/University of Minnesota)

2:45 pm     

Concluding Remarks

Vivian Ho (Baker Institute)


Call for Papers 




  • View slides from the presentation by Karen Davis, Eugene and Mildred Lipitz Professor and director, Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care Department, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • View slides from the presentation by Amitabh Chandra, professor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government


Thu, Oct. 16 - Fri, Oct. 17, 2014
9:15 a.m. - 3 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77005

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