My research studies the optimal design of health care policy, with two main substantive areas: public health insurance systems and pharmaceutical payment policy. I am interested in policy designs that (1) advance health equity, (2) minimize risk for the most disadvantaged individuals, and (3) incentivize socially valuable investments. My work falls at the intersection of health economics and public finance, combining methods from optimal tax theory with traditional cost-effectiveness analysis in health economics.
The goals of my research are twofold: to guide policy makers in health care policy design and inform health care policy reform. The first draws from normative welfare frameworks to engage in a more theory-heavy analysis of optimal health insurance policy. The second draws from the sufficient statistics toolkit to evaluate the costs and welfare benefits of local health insurance policy reforms.
During my doctoral studies, I was an NBER Aging and Health Fellow and a National Science Foundation Fellow. Prior to my graduate studies at Harvard University, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. During my studies, I worked as an intern at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, Bates White Economic Consulting, the Innovations for Peace and Development Lab at UT Austin, and Whole Planet Foundation.
At Harvard, I served as a Teaching Fellow for the PhD the Microeconomic Theory core sequence and the Contract Theory field course. Besides teaching and research, I was part of the Graduate Economics Association, serving in various roles to help improve graduate student community life and experience.