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Jonathan Kolstad

Associate Professor
Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group
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Academic Status: On duty
Personal Homepage: http://faculty.haas.berkeley.edu/jkolstad/index.htm


PhD, Harvard University
BA, Stanford University

Positions Held

At Haas since 2015
2015 – present, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
2009 – 2015, Assistant Professor, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Current Research and Interests

  • Health economics
  • Industrial organization
  •  Public economics
  • Applied microeconomics

Selected Papers and Publications

  • Health Insurance for “Humans”: Information Frictions, Plan Choice, and Consumer Welfare” (with Ben Handel), American Economic Review, 2015, 105(8): 2449-2500.
  • Adverse Selection and an Individual Mandate: When Theory Meets Practice” (with Martin Hackmann and Amanda Kowalski), American Economic Review, 2015, 105(3): 1030-6.
  • “Information and Quality when Motivation is Intrinsic: Evidence from Surgeon Report Cards” American Economic Review, 2013, 103(7): 2875-2910.
  • “The Impact of Health Care Reform On Hospital and Preventive Care: Evidence from Massachusetts” (with Amanda Kowalski), Journal of Public Economics, 2012, 96(11-12): 909-912.
  • “Input Constraints and the Efficiency of Entry: Lessons From Cardiac Surgery” (with David Cutler and Robert Huckman), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2010, 2(1): 51-76.


  • Health Economics (Undergraduate and PhD)
  • eHealth: Business Models and Impact (MBA)

Honors and Awards

  • Barbara Gerson Bakar Faculty Fellow, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
  • Arrow Award, Internation Health Economics Association (Best Paper in Health Economics) 2014
  • 3rd Biennial Student Paper Award, American Society of Health Economists (given every 2 years for the best sole authored student paper in health economics), 2009

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