Due to inclement weather in the Houston area, Rice University will be closed on Wednesday, January 17. This event has been postponed.
Spending on health care has grown faster than the U.S. economy itself, even when the share of the population without health insurance was increasing. The Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) aims to reverse these trends, but in doing so has caused economic side effects.
At this event, economist Casey B. Mulligan will discuss his book “Side Effects and Complications: The Economic Consequences of Health Care Reform,” which focuses on the ACA’s impact on the cost of U.S. health care, including unseen effects such as implicit taxes on individuals and increased costs to employers that will likely be passed on to their employees. He will also assess the economic consequences to the labor market, including effects on work hours, productivity and national income.
6:00 pm — Reception
6:30 pm — Presentation
Casey B. Mulligan, Ph.D., is a professor of economics at the University of Chicago. He is the author of “Side Effects and Complications: The Economic Consequences of Health Care Reform” (University of Chicago Press, 2015). His research covers capital and labor taxation, the gender wage gap, health economics, Social Security, voting and the economics of aging. Mulligan has written widely on discrepancies between economic analysis and conventional wisdom. He is the author of “The Redistribution Recession: How Labor Market Distortions Contracted the Economy” (Oxford University Press, 2012) and “Parental Priorities and Economic Inequality” (University of Chicago Press, 1998). He has also written numerous op-eds and blog entries for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, the Chicago Tribune and other blogs and periodicals. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.