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Economist/Health Services Researcher, Health Policy Institute

Job title: Economist/Health Services Researcher
Job location: Chicago, IL

The Health Policy Institute (HPI) is a “think tank” within the ADA focusing on generating, synthesizing and disseminating research on critical policy issues related to dental care within the U.S. health care system. HPI’s multi-disciplinary team of economists, statisticians, psychologists, and health services researchers aims to produce cutting edge research to inform federal and state policy making in the area of oral health, The Institute routinely collaborates with top-notch researchers in think tanks and academia, and directly with several federal and state government agencies. HPI staff regularly publish in peer-review journals such as Health Affairs, Health Services Research, NEJM, and Health Economics. Oral health issues continue to gain more attention within health care policy circles and HPI increasingly is the go-to source for credible policy evidence. HPI is expanding, and is recruiting a health economist/health services researcher to the team.

Position Responsibilities:

This position’s main responsibility is to lead policy research projects on a wide variety of topic areas. These include key drivers and key barriers of dental care utilization, the impact of the Affordable Care Act on access to dental care, the role of dental insurance in promoting financial protection, the role of dental care within Accountable Care Organizations, and modeling the impact of a dental benefit within Medicare. There could also be a significant dentist labor supply research component to the position, including researching gender differences in dentist labor supply and earnings and modeling the career choices of dentists. The position entails periodic interaction and collaboration with federal and state policy makers (e.g. CMS, state Medicaid office, health insurance exchange officials) and significant collaboration with outside researchers in academia and think tanks. The position involves publication of both internal HPI reports and articles in peer-review journals, both as lead author as well as supporting cast with other HPI researchers.


This position has the following minimum requirements:

  • Master’s degree in economics, public health, public policy, or health services research fields. Focus in any of the following fields: access to care, health care service utilization, labor economics, econometrics, health economics, applied microeconomics, health policy, health services research.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience leading health policy research on a wide variety of topics using standard economic techniques; working with large micro-data sets, designing surveys, sampling frames, cleaning and analyzing primary data.
  • Must have previous experience as lead author in publications and in designing primary data collection efforts through surveys. Creativity in obtaining and analyzing data is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish original research in top-caliber health policy, labor economics, health services research or health economics journals.
  • Strong team skills. HPI is a very collaborative environment where colleagues chip in to various research projects. There are no silos.
  • Demonstrated ability to write in different styles including academic journals, briefing notes, non-technical summaries for policy makers, as a team leader and as a contributing member; track record of peer-reviewed publications in health policy journals; and to manage research projects and staff.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of statistical programs including SAS and Stata.

Highly desirable skills:

These include: Ph.D. in economics, public health, public policy or health services research fields; demonstrated experience leading large policy research initiatives in the health care field.

Please apply online at: www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/careers-at-the-ada.