The mission of the NBER Center for Aging and Health Research is to develop, coordinate and advance research by economists on health and aging issues. Center research is conducted through research networks and pilot projects on high-priority themes including those listed here.

Research Themes
Economics of COVID-19; Health trends and inequalities; Data analytics, information technology and health care decision-making; Economics of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias; Dynamics of the health care ecosystem; Medical innovation and the value of health care; Behavior change in health.

Pilot Projects

  • 2019. R. Abramitzky, H. Williams, D. Fetter. End-of-Life Care in U.S. History.

  • 2019. J. Abaluck, P. Hull, A. Starc. Differential Mortality in Medicare Advantag.

  • 2019. T. Gross, T. Layton, D. Prinz. Liquidity and Healthcare Consumption.

  • 2019. Adler-Milstein, Handel, Kolstad. Electronic Medical Records, Provider Behavior and Health Outcomes among the Elderly.

    also with Malmendier and Obermeyer

  • 2019. Aparna Soni. Pharmaceutical Access, Functional Outcomes and Implications for Caregiver.

  • 2018. Leila Agha. Provider Organizations and Care Coordination: Effects on Utilization, Quality and Outcome.

  • 2018. Jessica Van Parys. Does Internet Access Affect Provider Choice and Health Outcomes of Medicare Beneficiaries.

  • 2018. Molly Schnell, E. Meara, N. Morden. Understanding Opioid Prescribing Practice.

  • 2018. David Silver. Early Life Origins of Intergenerational Mobilit.

  • 2017. Bruce Weinberg. Measuring the Impact of Scientific Research on Health.

  • 2017. Timothy Layton. The Effect of Medicaid Managed Care on the Health of Aging Individuals with Disabilities.

  • 2017. Nicole Maestas, David Grabowski, Brian McGarry. Improving Decision-Making by Older Adults in the Medicare Part D Program.

  • 2017. Leila Agha. Assessing the Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.

  • 2017. Jeffrey Clemens, Joshua Gottlieb. Financial Incentives and Long-Run Health Sector Capacity.

  • 2017. David Cutler, Adriana Lleras-Muney. Economic Growth, Pollution, and Health Improvements.

  • 2017. Amitabh Chandra, Doug Staiger, Maurice Dalton. Predicting the Impact of Hospital Closures on Patient Outcomes.

  • 2017. Amitabh Chandra. Asymmetric Information in Health Care: Evidence from Physicians Who Are Now Patients.

  • 2017. Katherine Baicker, Z. Obermeyer. Assessing the Overuse and Underuse of Diagnostic Testing.

  • 2017. Amanda Kowalski. Risk Factors and Breast Cancer Screening.

  • 2017. Joseph Doyle, P.Gulur, M.Jacobsen. Pain Management for Opioid Tolerant Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

  • 2017. M. Notowidigdo, J. Graves,T. Gross. Medicaid Expansion, Hospital Choice and Health Outcomes: Evidence from a Near-Census of Hospitalizations.

  • 2016. Marcella Alsan. How do Preferences Over Doctors Vary by Patient Gender and Race?.

  • 2016. Zack Cooper. All-Payer Measures of Health Spending and the Link among Spending, Health Care Utilization and Health Outcomes.

  • 2016. Nikhil Agarwal. Effects of Medicare Reimbursement Rates on Quality of Dialysis Care and Patient Outcomes.

  • 2016. L. Katz, J. Kling, L. Sanbonmatsu. Using Data from Moving to Opportunity to Investigate Early Influences on Educational Outcomes.

  • 2015. David Chan. The Impact of Local Coverage Determinations on Costs and Patient Outcomes.

  • 2014. Amanda Kowalski. The Long Term Impact of Health Insurance Expansions.

  • 2014. David Cutler. ACOs and Decision-Making in Hospitals.

  • 2014. Katherine Baicker. The Use of Financial Incentives and "Nudges" to Improve Behavior.

  • 2014. Sita Slavov, John Shoven & D. Wise. Using Firm Benefits Data to Understand Labor Force Decision-Making.

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