Amanda Kowalski, Associate Professor of Economics at the Yale University Department of Economics and Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), is a health economist who specializes in bringing together theoretical models and econometric techniques to answer questions that inform current debates in health policy.
Professor Kowalski's recent research advances methods available to analyze data from experiments. Applied to the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, these methods show that future insurance expansions could increase or decrease emergency room utilization, depending on the individuals who sign up for coverage. Her other recent research explores the early impact of the Affordable Care Act and the long-term impact of Medicaid expansions. In previous research, she examined the impact of the Massachusetts health reform of 2006 on hospital care, labor market outcomes, and adverse selection in the individual health insurance market. She has also studied the price elasticity of expenditure on medical care and the marginal returns to medical spending on at-risk newborns using new estimation techniques. Her research has received the Zellner Thesis Award, the HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Award, the Garfield Economic Impact Award, the National Institute of Health Care Management Research Award, and the Yale Arthur Greer Memorial Prize.
In 2014, Professor Kowalski was honored with a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. The National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the W.E. Upjohn Institute have also supported her research, which has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Health Economics, and the Journal of Public Economics. Her research has also been featured in the popular press, including The New York Times, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal.
Professor Kowalski holds a PhD in economics from MIT and an AB in economics from Harvard. Before joining Yale, she held a post-doctoral fellowship in Health and Aging at the NBER. Her interest in health policy has led her to spend two years in Washington, DC, one as a research assistant in health and labor at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and another as the Okun Model Fellow at the Brookings Institution. She spent the 2015-2016 academic year as a Visiting Associate Professor at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. She is currently spending the 2017-2018 academic year as a Visiting Associate Professor at the Princeton Department of Economics and as a Visiting Research Scholar at the Princeton Center for Health and Wellbeing.