Jonathan Kolstad

Associate Professor, Haas School of Business
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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.

Programs for Individuals 
Academic Background 

PhD, Harvard University

BA, Stanford University

Publications & Media

Papers & Articles 

Information Frictions and Adverse Selection: Policy Interventions in Health Insurance Markets

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

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Mandate-Based Health Reform and the Labor Market: Evidence from the Massachusetts Health Insurance Reform

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Adverse Selection and an Individual Mandate: When Theory Meets Practice

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Information and Quality When Motivation is Intrinsic: Evidence from Surgeon Report Cards

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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
Programs for Individuals 
Academic Background 

PhD, Harvard University

BA, Stanford University

Publications & Media

Papers & Articles 

Information Frictions and Adverse Selection: Policy Interventions in Health Insurance Markets

VIEW

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

VIEW

Mandate-Based Health Reform and the Labor Market: Evidence from the Massachusetts Health Insurance Reform

VIEW

Adverse Selection and an Individual Mandate: When Theory Meets Practice

VIEW

Information and Quality When Motivation is Intrinsic: Evidence from Surgeon Report Cards

VIEW
VIEW MORE