Associate Professor | Henry J. Kaiser Chair
Economic Analysis & Policy | Graduate Program in Health Management
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.
Expertise and Research Interests
- Health Economics
- Industrial Organization
- Public Economics
- Applied Microeconomics
- Jonathan T. Kolstad, Ben Handel and Johannes Spinnewijn. Information Frictions and Adverse Selection: Policy Interventions in Health Insurance Markets. Review of Economics and Statistics (forthcoming).
- Jonathan T. Kolstad, Zarek Brot-Goldberg, Amitabh Chandra and Ben Handel. 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 and Amanda Kowalski. Mandate-Based Health Reform and the Labor Market: Evidence from the Massachusetts Health Insurance Reform. Journal of Health Economics.
- Jonathan T. Kolstad and Ben Handel). Health Insurance for “Humans”: Information Frictions, Plan Choice, and Consumer Welfare. American Economic Review.
- Jonathan T. Kolstad, Martin Hackmann and Amanda Kowalski. Adverse Selection and an Individual Mandate: When Theory Meets Practice. American Economic Review,.
- Jonathan T. Kolstad. Information and Quality When Motivation is Intrinsic: Evidence from Surgeon Report Cards. American Economic Review.
- 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. Consumers’ Misunderstanding of Health Insurance. Journal of Health Economics.
- Jonathan T. Kolstad and Amanda Kowalski. The Impact of Health Care Reform On Hospital and Preventative Care: Evidence from Massachusetts. Journal of Public Economics.
- Jonathan T. Kolstad, David Cutler, and Robert Huckman. Input Constraints and the Efficiency of Entry: Lessons From Cardiac Surgery. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.
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.
- 2018 – present, Co-Editor, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy
Berkeley Haas Schwabacher Fellowship
NIHCM Foundation Health Care Research Award
Barbara and Gerson Bakar Faculty Fellow, UC Berkeley
2015 – 2018
American Economic Review, “Excellence in Refereeing Award”
Mark A. Satterthwaite Award for Outstanding Research in Health Care Markets, Kellogg School, Northwestern
Arrow Award, International Health Economics Association
Claude Marion Endowed Faculty Scholar, Wharton School
2012 – 13
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Early Career Research Grant
Deans Recognition for Teaching, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
3rd Biennial Student Paper Award, American Society of Health Economists
- Biggest health insurer plans to deny ER bills if it doubts you had an emergency, Ars Technica, 06/10/2021
- It’s Not Just You: Picking a Health Insurance Plan Is Really Hard, The New York Times, 12/11/2020
- Workplace testing for COVID-19 is still limited, Marketplace, 10/08/2020
- The Plan That Could Give Us Our Lives Back, The Atlantic, 08/14/2020
- Here’s one way to make daily COVID-19 testing feasible on a mass scale, MIT Technology Review, 07/22/2020
- Federal Officials Turn to a New Testing Strategy as Infections Surge, The New York Times, 07/01/2020
- Looking forward: How can we safely reopen the economy?, UC Berkeley News, 05/01/2020
- A health insurer tells patients it won’t pay their E.R. bills, then pays them anyway, The New York Times, 07/19/2018
- 40 Under 40 List, San Francisco Business Times, 03/06/2018
- Can Amazon and Friends Handle Health Care? There’s Reason for Doubt, The New York Times, 01/30/2018
- When High Deductibles Hurt: Even Insured Patients Postpone Care, Kaiser Health News, 07/28/2017
- Repeal of Affordable Care Act will mean economic losses for state, study predicts, The Daily Californian, 01/03/2017
- The painful rise of high-deductible health insurance, CBS News, 02/08/2016
- Health Economics and Policy, Undergraduate, PhD
- eHealth: Business Models and Impact, MBA
- Big Data and Better Decisions, MBA