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Insurance Working Group Meeting

Liran Einav and Ken Froot, Organizers

February 19-20, 2015


Stanford University
366 Galvez Street

Stanford, CA




Thursday, February 19


8:00 am

Continental Breakfast



8:30 am

Tatyana Deryugina, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Does The Samaritan’s Dilemma Matter? Evidence from U.S. Agriculture  (with Barrett Kirwan)




Discussant: Kent Smetters, University of Pennsylvania and NBER



9:15 am

Jonathan Kolstad, University of Pennsylvania and NBER


Consumer Heterogeneity and Medical Care Price Responsiveness: Evidence and Implications for Optimal Insurance Design

(with Zarek Brot-Goldberg, Amitabh Chandra, and Ben Handel)




Discussant: Martin Gaynor, Carnegie Melon University and NBER



10:00 am




10:30 am

George Zanjani, Georgia State University


The Marginal Cost of Risk and Capital Allocation in a Multi-Period Model

(with Daniel Bauer)




Discussant: Thomas Russell, Santa Clara University



11:15 am

Amanda Kowalski, Yale University and NBER

What Do Longitudinal Data on Millions of Hospital Visits Tell us About The Value of Public Health Insurance as a Safety Net for the Young and Privately Insured?



Discussant: Matthew Notowidigdo, Northwestern University and NBER



12:00 n




1:30 pm

Daniel Gottlieb, University of Pennsylvania


Perfect Competition in Markets with Adverse Selection  

(with Eduardo Azevedo)




Discussant: Florian Scheuer, Stanford University and NBER 



2:30 pm




2:45 pm

Marika Cabral, University of Texas at Austin and NBER


Does Privatized Health Insurance Benefit Patients or Producers? Evidence from Medicare Advantage  

(with Michael Geruso and Neale Mahoney)




Discussant: Michael Chernew, Harvard University and NBER



3:45 pm




4:00 pm

Justin Sydnor, University of Wisconsin, Choose to Lose? Employee Health-Plan Decisions from a Menu with Dominated Options

(with Saurabh Bhargava and George Loewenstein)




Sebastian Soika, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich

On the Demand Effects of Rate Regulation - Evidence from a Natural Experiment  (with Johannes Jaspersen and Andreas Richter)




Discussant: Ben Handel, University of California at  Berkeley and NBER



6:00 pm

Group dinner

Il Fornaio Restaurant, 520 Cowper Street

(at the Garden Court Hotel), Palo Alto



Friday, February 20



(Joint session with NBER Industrial Organization Meeting, co-organized with Michael Dickstein and Ali Hortacsu)



8:00 am

Continental Breakfast



8:30 am

Stephen Ryan, University of Texas at Austin and NBER


The Welfare Effects of Supply-Side Regulations in Medicare Part D

(with Francesco Decarolis and Maria Polyakova)




Discussant: Mark Duggan, Stanford University and NBER



9:30 am

Coffee break



9:45 am

Neale Mahoney, University of Chicago and NBER


Imperfect Competition in Selection Markets  

(with Glen Weyl)




Discussant: Tim Bresnahan, Stanford University and NBER



10:45 am

Coffee break



11:00 am

Elisabeth Honka, University of Texas at Dallas


Simultaneous or Sequential? Search Strategies in the U.S. Auto Insurance


(with Pradeep Chintagunta)




Discussant: Jean-François Houde, University of Pennsylvania and NBER



12:00 n

Lunch and adjourn of NBER Insurance Meeting


(NBER IO Meeting continues)