Victor R. Fuchs Award: Joseph Newhouse
Dr. Newhouse is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard University, Director of the Division of Health Policy Research and Education, chair of the Committee on Higher Degrees in Health Policy, and Director of the Interfaculty Initiative in Health Policy. He is a member of the faculties of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as well as a Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Harvard University. Following his Bachelor’s degree, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany. Dr. Newhouse spent the first twenty years of his career at RAND, where he designed and directed the RAND Health Insurance Experiment, which studied the consequences of different ways of financing medical services. From 1981 to 1985 he was Head of the RAND Economics Department.
ASHEcon Medal: Amy Finkelstein
Amy Finkelstein is the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the co-Scientific Director of J-PAL North America, a research center at MIT designed to encourage and facilitate randomized evaluations of important domestic policy issues. She is also the co-Director of the Public Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the Econometric Society. She has received numerous awards and fellowships including the John Bates Clark Medal (2012), given annually to the economist under the age of 40 who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.
Student Paper Award: Alice Chen
Alice Chen is a health economist whose research focuses on the interactions between health insurance, access to care, and labor markets. Her research examines how physicians respond to changes in Medicaid payment and eligibility, and her work has been published in the Journal of Health Economics. Her paper was entitled “Do the Poor Benefit From More Generous Medicaid Physician Payments?” Prior to earning her PhD in economics from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, Alice graduated with a BS and SM in applied math from Harvard. She will join the University of Southern California, Price School of Public Policy as an Assistant Professor.