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Position: Associate Professor of Economics (with tenure)
Public Economics, Social Insurance, Taxation, Behavioral
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- The Social Determinants of Choice Quality: Evidence from Health Insurance in the Netherlands (with Ben Handel, Jon Kolstad and Thomas Minten) - Preliminary Draft
Abstract: In markets where regulators consider choice-oriented policies, consumer choice errors introduce a trade-off between generating match benefits and avoiding consumer mis-allocation. If lower SES consumers make worse choices, these issues may be especially pertinent to regulators concerned about inequality. We study these issues in the health insurance market in the Netherlands, where the regulator specifies what deductible levels private insurers can offer consumers. We observe granular and comprehensive data on all consumers in the Netherlands including data on (i) health insurance choices (ii) health utilization (iii)rich socio-demographic factors and (iv) peers' choices on a number of dimensions. We model deductible choice as a function of multiple factors, including ex ante predicted health risk, and find that choice quality is low on average, with many predictably healthy people foregoing high deductible options that deliver substantive value, even accounting for classical risk aversion. Those with higher education levels and more analytic degrees or professions make markedly better decisions, conditional on predicted health and a collection of detailed financial factors. We exploit panel variation in exposure to peers and show that peer effects, within firms, locations and families, have substantive impacts on choice quality. We leverage these results to study the consumer surplus effects of several counterfactual scenarios. We find that, while consumers leave substantial surplus on the table when faced with the existing choice menu, the choice mandates we consider reduce consumer welfare relative to the status quo. Overall, the equity implications of choice-based policies depend critically on (i) choice quality by socio-demographic group conditional on health risk and (ii) the correlation between health risk and socio-demographic characteristics.
- Retirement Consumption and Pension Design (with J. Kolsrud, C. Landais and D. Reck)
- A Pigouvian Approach to Social Insurance Design (with N. Hendren and C. Landais) - in preparation for Annual Review of Economics
- Expectations Data, Labor Market and Job Search (with A. Mueller) - in preparation for Handbook of Economic Expectations
- Inferring Risk Perceptions and Preferences using Choice from Insurance Menus: Theory and Evidence (with Keith Ericson, Philipp Kircher and Amanda Starc)
Forthcoming in the Economic Journal
- The Value of Registry Data for Consumption Analysis: An Application to Health Shocks (with Jonas Kolsrud and Camille Landais) VoxEU
Forthcoming in the Journal of Public Economics
- Information Frictions and Adverse Selection: Policy Interventions in Health Insurance Markets (with Ben Handel and
Review of Economics and Statistics 101(2), 326-340. May 2019.
- The Optimal Timing of Unemployment Benefits: Theory and Evidence from Sweden (with Jonas Kolsrud, Camille Landais and Peter Nilsson) - Slides;
American Economic Review 108(4-5), 985-1033. April 2018.
Demand for Insurance and Adverse Selection - (Web Appendix)
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 9(1), 308-343. February 2017.
- Rewarding Schooling Success and Perceived Returns to Education: Evidence from India (with Sandra Sequeira and Guo Xu)
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 131, 373-392. November 2016.
- Production vs. Revenue Efficiency with Limited Tax Capacity: Theory and Evidence from Pakistan (with Anne Brockmeyer, Michael Best, Henrik Kleven, and Mazhar Waseem) - Slides; VoxEU;
Journal of Political Economy 123(6), 1311-1355. December 2015.
- Revising Claims and Resisting Ultimatums in
Bargaining Games (with Frans Spinnewyn)
Review of Economic Design 19(2), 91-116. June 2015
- Unemployed but Optimistic: Optimal Insurance
Design with Biased Beliefs
Journal of the European Economic Association 13(1), 130-167. February 2015
- Delay and Deadlines: Freeriding and Information Revelation in Partnerships
(with Arthur Campbell and Florian Ederer)
American Economic Journal: Microeconomics 6(2), 163-204. May 2014
- Insurance and Perceptions: How to Screen Optimists
Economic Journal 123, 606-633. June 2013 - Awarded with Austin Robinson Memorial Prize
- Training and Search During Unemployment
Journal of Public Economics 99, 49-65. March 2013
- Capital Income Taxes with Heterogeneous Discount
Rates (with Peter
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 3(4), 52-76. November 2011
Economics (PhD, LSE course, ec534)
Economics (MSc, LSE course, ec426)
Economics (MPA, LSE course, ec410)
- "Consumption Data: New Frontiers" VoxEU (April 4, 2018) (link)
- "Unemployment Insurance and Adverse Selection" VoxEU (February 3, 2018) (link)
- "Designing Tax Policy in High-Evasion Economies" VoxEU (January 5, 2016) (link), Microeconomic Insights (April 27, 2016) (link)
- "De mythe van de hangmat" Op-ed in De Standaard (May 15, 2014) (link)
- "De ivoren toren van economen is een mythe" Op-ed in De Standaard (August 3, 2013) (link)
- "En als we langdurig werklozen meer zouden betalen?" Op-ed in De Morgen (February 12, 2012) (link)
- "The Role of Commitment" comment on "On the interaction between
subsidiarity and interpersonal solidarity" by Jacques Dreze (link)
- "Hard cash or a secure job - which is better?" featured in Financial
Times (February 7, 2009) (link)
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