AHEC Agenda

As part of the 24th Annual Health Economics Conference hosted by PennLDI, Mark Pauly and Jonathan Gruber were featured in the Plenary Panel  discussing the role of economics in shaping (and possibly reshaping) the ACA.  See below for the conference agenda with links to working papers. 


Conference Agenda

The 24th AHEC was held on Thursday and Friday, October 17 and 18, 2013 at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  We thank the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality for financially supporting this annual conference 1R13HS022511-01

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Welcome and Introduction
Daniel Polsky, University of Pennsylvania; Robert Town, University of Pennsylvania

Session 1: Quality

Rachel Werner, University of Pennsylvania

  • Nursing Home Clinical Quality and State Medicaid Pay-for-Performance
    Authors: Megan Skira, University of Georgia; Kyle J. Buika, Boston College
    Discussant: Seth Freedman, Indiana University

  • Specificity of Health Care Providers' Responses to Pay-for-Performance Incentives in the United Kingdom
    Author: Samuel Richardson, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas
    Discussant: Zack Cooper, Yale University
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  • Quality of Hospital Quality Measurement
    Authors: Joseph Doyle, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; John Graves,Vanderbilt University; Jonathan Gruber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and National Bureau of Economic Research
    Discussant: John Romley, University of Southern California
    Contact Author to Request Draft of Working Paper


The Role of Economics in Shaping the ACA and How Economics Can Inform Inevitable Mid-Course Corrections
Panelists: Mark Pauly, University of Pennsylvania; Jonathan Gruber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and National Bureau of Economic Research
Moderator: Robert Town, University of Pennsylvania

Session 2: Health Behaviors

Moderator: Jonathan Kolstad, University of Pennsylvania

  • What is the Full Cost of Body Mass in the Workplace? A Dynamic Stochastic Model of Occupational Choice, Hours Worked, and Body Weight over the Life Cycle
    Author: Matthew Harris, University of Tennessee
    Discussant: Ahmed Khwaja, Yale University
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  • Does Violent Crime Deter Physical Activity? Evidence from England
    Authors: Katherina Janke, University of Bristol; Carol Propper, University of Bristol, Imperial College London; Michael Shields, Monash University
    Discussant: Jason Abaluck, Yale University
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  • Recessions, Healthy No More?
    Author: Christopher Ruhm, University of Virginia
    Discussant: Joe Fernandez, University of Louisville
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Friday, October 18, 2013

Session 3: Competition

Moderator: Robert Town, University of Pennsylvania

  • Insurer Competition and Negotiated Hospital Prices
    Authors: Robin Lee, New York University; Kate Ho, Columbia University
    Discussant: Jean-Francois Houde, University of Pennsylvania
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  • Effects of Physician Practice Consolidation on Prices for Physician Services
    Authors: Laurence Baker, Stanford University; Kate Bundorf, Stanford University; Anne Royalty, Indiana University and Purdue University; Eric Sun, Stanford University
    Discussant: Abe Dunn, Bureau of Economic Analysis
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  • Subsidies and Structure: The Lasting Impact of the Hill-Burton Program on the Hospital Industry
    Authors: Andrea Chung, Carnegie Mellon University; Martin Gaynor, Carnegie Mellon University; Seth Richards-Shubik, Carnegie Mellon University
    Discussant: Richard Lindrooth, University of Colorado
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Session 4: Public Insurance

Moderator: Mark Pauly, University of Pennsylvania

  • Public Health Insurance, Labor Supply, and Employment Lock
    Authors: Craig Garthwaite, Kellogg School of Management; Tal Gross, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
    Discussant: Thomas DeLeire, University of Wisconsin
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  • Externalities and Taxation of Supplemental Insurance: A Study of Medicine and Medigap
    Authors: Marika Cabral, University of Texas; Neale Mahoney, Booth School of Business
    Discussant: Amanda Kowalski, Yale University
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  • Public Liabilities and Health Care Policy
    Authors: Thomas Philipson, University of Chicago; Kristopher Hult, University of Chicago
    Discussant: Mark Duggan, University of Pennsylvania
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