A profile of health economist Leemore Dafny

Colleagues say Dafny’s examination of health-insurance markets has helped mold the state and federal exchanges that are central to President Barack Obama’s 2010 health-care law, which allows qualified individuals and small businesses to purchase coverage. Her studies show a lack of competition in insurance markets drives up premiums, part of the reason “the goal is to get more than half a dozen plans in each exchange,” said David Dranove, director of the Health Enterprise Management Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. “Leemore identified that just having two or three plans in a market is just not enough.”

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Here’s a TIE post about her work on the effect of consolidation in the insurance industry premiums. Here’s one on the value of choice among plans. Leemore has done important and creative work. I’m proud to know her.


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