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Jonathan Kolstad

Associate Professor | Henry J. Kaiser Chair, Haas School of Business

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Jonathan Kolstad is an Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy and the Henry J. Kaiser Chair at Berkeley Haas. 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.

Papers, Articles and Publications

Awards & Honors
  • ASHEcon Medal, 2018
  • Berkeley Haas Schwabacher Fellowship,(2017, 2018)
  • NIHCM Foundation 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 for the best paper in health economics, 2013
  • Claude Marion Endowed Faculty Scholar, Wharton School (2012-2013)
  • 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
Academic Background
  • PhD, Harvard University
  • BA, Stanford University
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