Jonathan Kolstad

Associate Professor, Haas School of Business
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Jonathan Kolstad is an Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley 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.

Professor Kolstad 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 ASHEcon Medal in 2018, given biennially to the economist age 40 or under who has made the most significant contributions to the field of health economics, the Arrow Award for the best paper in health economics in 2014 and the NIHCM Foundation Research Award in 2016 and 2018.

Professor Kolstad is also a co-founder and was Chief Data Scientist at Picwell. Professor Kolstad received his PhD from Harvard University and BA from Stanford University.

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Papers & Articles 

What does a Deductible Do? The Impact of Cost-Sharing on Health Care Prices, Quantities, and Spending Dynamics

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Wearable Technologies and Health Behaviors: New Data and New Methods to Understand Population Health

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Health Insurance for "Humans": Information Frictions, Plan Choice, and Consumer Welfare

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Health Insurance for "Humans": Information Frictions, Plan Choice, and Consumer Welfare

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Awards & Honors 
  • 2018 ASHEcon Medal 
  • Arrow Award for the best paper in health economics in 2014 
  • NIHCM Foundation Research Award in 2016 and 2018
Programs for Individuals 

Publications & Media

Papers & Articles 

What does a Deductible Do? The Impact of Cost-Sharing on Health Care Prices, Quantities, and Spending Dynamics

VIEW

Wearable Technologies and Health Behaviors: New Data and New Methods to Understand Population Health

VIEW

Health Insurance for "Humans": Information Frictions, Plan Choice, and Consumer Welfare

VIEW

Health Insurance for "Humans": Information Frictions, Plan Choice, and Consumer Welfare

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VIEW MORE