Jeb Jacob is a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, pursuing a BA in Mathematical Economics. As a continuous learner, he enjoys the opportunity to address a range of health care issues in an interdisciplinary research environment.
Jacob is working on two empirical economics projects as a SUMR scholar. With Dr. Atul Gupta, Jacob studies how health care providers use advertising to influence patient allocation across providers. This is part of Dr. Gupta’s larger project, How do Health Care Providers Deploy Public Funds?, which evaluates the policy outcomes of the Affordable Care Act, particularly in quantifying the impact of the increase in hospital revenue on inputs in care delivery. In the second project, under Dr. Juan Pablo Atal, Jacob investigates the unprecedented drop in non-COVID-19 visits to emergency rooms. Using data from Chile, they seek to use changes in mobility patterns to uncover the reason behind this phenomenon during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At Penn, Jacob is a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and serves as a Student Entrepreneurship Mentor for local Philadelphia high school entrepreneurs, as part of the Netter Center for Community Partnership’s Bridges to Wealth Program. He also serves on the Wharton Undergraduate Healthcare Club’s Consulting Committee. Besides research, Jacob enjoys reading, running, playing pickup basketball, and spending time with family and friends.