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Jonathan  Kolstad - Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA, US

Jonathan Kolstad Jonathan  Kolstad

Associate Professor | Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, UNITED STATES

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Areas of Expertise (4)

Health Economics Industrial Organization Public Economics Applied Microeconomics

About

Jonathan Kolstad is an Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy at Berkeley Haas and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also the Co-director of the Health Initiative at the UC Berkeley Opportunity Lab.

He is an economist whose research interests lie at the intersection of health economics, industrial organization, and public economics. He is particularly interested in finding new models and unique data that can account for the complexity of markets in health care, notably the role of information asymmetries and incentives. He has studied the impact of quality information on demand, as well as intrinsic surgeon incentives. In a series of papers, he has evaluated the impact of the Massachusetts health insurance expansion on a variety of outcomes. He has also gathered unique data to understand the role of information frictions in consumer decision making in insurance markets and on medical treatments.

Kolstad was awarded the Arrow Award from the International Health Economics Association for the best paper in health economics in 2014 and the NIHCM Foundation Research Award in 2016. He is also a Co-founder and was Chief Data Scientist at Picwell. He received his PhD from Harvard University and BA from Stanford University.

Education (2)

Harvard University: PhD

Stanford University: BA

Honors & Awards (11)

ASHEcon Medal

2018

Berkeley Haas Schwabacher Fellowship

2017, 2018

NIHCM Foundation Health Care Research Award

2016, 2018

Barbara and Gerson Bakar Faculty Fellow, UC Berkeley

2015 - 2018

American Economic Review, “Excellence in Refereeing Award”

2016, 2017

Mark A. Satterthwaite Award for Outstanding Research in Health Care Markets, Kellogg School, Northwestern

2016

Arrow Award, International Health Economics Association

2013

Claude Marion Endowed Faculty Scholar, Wharton School

2012 - 13

W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Early Career Research Grant

2011

Deans Recognition for Teaching, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

2010

3rd Biennial Student Paper Award, American Society of Health Economists

2009

Selected External Service & Affiliations (1)

  • 2018 - present, Co-Editor, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy

Positions Held (1)

At Haas since 2015

2017 - present, Associate Professor, Haas School of Business
2015 – 2016, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
2009 – 2015, Assistant Professor, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
2013 – 2015 Co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist, Picwell Inc.
2002 – 2004 Analyst (Strategy Consulting and Bus Dev.), Broadlane Inc.

Media Appearances (6)

A health insurer tells patients it won't pay their E.R. bills, then pays them anyway

New York Times  online

2018-07-19

Jonathan Kolstad said this policy may discourage some patients from going to the emergency room for less serious complaints. “You may get as much or more bang for your buck frankly by just telling people you’re not going to pay,” he said. “Even if, at the end of the day, you do pay.”

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40 Under 40 List

San Francisco Business Times  online

2018-03-06

Meet the dynamic and exciting young business leaders honored on this year's 40 Under 40 list.

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Can Amazon and Friends Handle Health Care? There’s Reason for Doubt

New York Times  online

2018-01-30

“They contribute in the small wins,” said Jonathan Kolstad, an associate professor of business at the University of California, Berkeley. “But those tend to be swamped by growth in health care, which is so high. They’re not silver bullets.”

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When High Deductibles Hurt: Even Insured Patients Postpone Care

Kaiser Health News  online

2017-07-28

Jonathan Kolstad, associate professor of economics at UC-Berkeley’s business school and co-author of the study, said patients dropped both needed care, such as diabetes medication, and potentially unnecessary care, such as imaging for headaches.

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Repeal of Affordable Care Act will mean economic losses for state, study predicts

The Daily Californian  online

2017-01-03

“(The study) has to make a number of assumptions, which is required here because we don’t know what repeal would look like,” said Jonathan Kolstad, assistant professor at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. “We should take away (from the study) that there is a lot to be lost from any repeal, but also thinking about how the state is going to respond to potentially reduce some of the effect.”

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​The painful rise of high-deductible health insurance

CBS News  online

2016-02-08

The latter, it turns out. Consumers tend to respond to higher deductibles by cutting back across the board, regardless of whether the treatments are useful or potentially wasteful, according to a paper from Handel and fellow researchers Jonathan Kolstad and Zarek Brot-Goldberg at Berkeley and Amitabh Chandra at Harvard University, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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Selected Papers & Publications (9)

Information Frictions and Adverse Selection: Policy Interventions in Health Insurance Markets Review of Economics and Statistics (forthcoming)

Jonathan T. Kolstad, Ben Handel and Johannes Spinnewijn

2018

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What Does a Deductible Do? The Impact of Cost-Sharing on Health Care Prices, Quantities and Spending Dynamics Quarterly Journal of Economics

Jonathan T. Kolstad, Zarek Brot-Goldberg, Amitabh Chandra and Ben Handel

2017

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Mandate-Based Health Reform and the Labor Market: Evidence from the Massachusetts Health Insurance Reform Journal of Health Economics

Jonathan T. Kolstad and Amanda Kowalski

2016

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Health Insurance for "Humans": Information Frictions, Plan Choice, and Consumer Welfare American Economic Review

Jonathan T. Kolstad and Ben Handel)

2015

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Adverse Selection and an Individual Mandate: When Theory Meets Practice American Economic Review,

Jonathan T. Kolstad, Martin Hackmann and Amanda Kowalski

2015

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Information and Quality When Motivation is Intrinsic: Evidence from Surgeon Report Cards American Economic Review

Jonathan T. Kolstad

2013

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Consumers’ Misunderstanding of Health Insurance Journal of Health Economics

Jonathan T. Kolstad, George Loewenstein, Joelle Friedman, Barbara McGill, Sarah Ahmad, Suzanne Linck, Stacey Sinkula, John Beshears, James J. Choi, David Laibson, Brigitte C. Madrian, John A. List, and Kevin G. Volpp

2013

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The Impact of Health Care Reform On Hospital and Preventative Care: Evidence from Massachusetts Journal of Public Economics

Jonathan T. Kolstad and Amanda Kowalski

2012

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Input Constraints and the Efficiency of Entry: Lessons From Cardiac Surgery American Economic Journal: Economic Policy

Jonathan T. Kolstad, David Cutler, and Robert Huckman

2010

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Teaching (3)

Health Economics and Policy

Undergraduate, PhD

eHealth: Business Models and Impact

MBA

Big Data and Better Decisions

MBA

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