Past Award Winners

2014

Victor R. Fuchs Award

Dr. Joesph Newhouse, is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard University, Director of the Division of Health Policy Research and Education, chair of the Committee on Higher Degrees in Health Policy, and Director of the Interfaculty Initiative in Health Policy. He is a member of the faculties of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as well as a Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Harvard University. Following his Bachelor’s degree, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany. Dr. Newhouse spent the first twenty years of his career at RAND, where he designed and directed the RAND Health Insurance Experiment, which studied the consequences of different ways of financing medical services. From 1981 to 1985 he was Head of the RAND Economics Department.

ASHEcon Medal

Amy Finkelstein,is the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the co-Scientific Director of J-PAL North America, a research center at MIT designed to encourage and facilitate randomized evaluations of important domestic policy issues. She is also the co-Director of the Public Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the Econometric Society. She has received numerous awards and fellowships including the John Bates Clark Medal (2012), given annually to the economist under the age of 40 who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.

Student Paper Award

Alice Chen, is a health economist whose research focuses on the interactions between health insurance, access to care, and labor markets. Her research examines how physicians respond to changes in Medicaid payment and eligibility, and her work has been published in the Journal of Health Economics. Her paper was entitled “Do the Poor Benefit From More Generous Medicaid Physician Payments?” Prior to earning her PhD in economics from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, Alice graduated with a BS and SM in applied math from Harvard. She will join the University of Southern California, Price School of Public Policy as an Assistant Professor.

2012

Victor R. Fuchs Award

Mark V. Pauly, Bendheim Professor in the Department of Health Care Management, Professor of Health Care Management, and Business and Public Policy at The Wharton School. He is Co-Director of the Roy and Diana Vagelos Life Sciences and Management Program and Professor of Economics in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Pauly received the Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia. One of the nation’s leading health economists, he has made significant contributions to the fields of medical economics and health insurance. His classic study on the economics of moral hazard was the first to point out how health insurance coverage may affect patients’ use of medical services. A former commissioner on the Physician Payment Review Commission, Dr. Pauly has served on the advisory committee to the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality and the Medicare Technical Advisory Panel. He recently served on the National Advisory Council for the National Institutes of Health National Center for Research Resources. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, an associate editor of the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, and Co-Editor of the Handbook of Health Economics, Volume 2.

ASHEcon Medal

Amitabh Chandra, Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). In 2011 he served as Massachusetts’ Special Commissioner on Provider Price Reform. He is an editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics, Economics Letters, and the American Economic Journal, and was previously an editor at the Journal of Human Resources. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Aging, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and has been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and the New England Journal of Medicine. He is the first-prize recipient of the Upjohn Institute’s Dissertation Research Award, the Kenneth Arrow Award for best paper in health economics, and the Eugene Garfield Award for the impact of medical research.

Student Paper Award

Michael Darden, Tulane University, “Smoking, Expectations, and Health: A Dynamic Stochastic Model of Lifetime Smoking”

2010

Victor R. Fuchs Award

Willard G. Manning, Professor in the Harris School of Public Policy and the Department of Health Studies at the University of Chicago

ASHEcon Medal

Mark G. Duggan, Professor of Economics, University of Maryland, and Senior Economist, Council of Economic Advisers

Student Paper Award

Johathan T. Kolstad, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, “Information and Quality when Motivation is Intrinsic: Evidence from Surgeon Report Cards”

2008

Victor R. Fuchs Award

Michael Grossman, CUNY and NBER

ASHEcon Medal

Loren Baker, Stanford University

Student Paper Award

Susan Feng Lu, Northwestern University

2006

Presented at the First Biennial Conference in Madison

ASHEcon Medal

David Cutler, Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, Harvard

Jonathan Gruber, Professor of Economics, MIT

Student Paper Award

Grant Miller, Stanford, for his paper titled “Contraception as Development? New Evidence from Family Planning in Colombia.”