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Ben Handel

Ben Handel

Ben Handel is an economist at the Unversity of Claifornia at Berkeley whose research focuses on health care markets. His research has studied consumer decision-making and market design of health insurance markets, and illustrates the interplay between consumer decision-making and market regulation. Ben has also researched provider financial incentives and take up of preventive care in health care markets.

Ben received his Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern in 2010 and an A.B. in Economics from Princeton in 2004. In addition to his teaching at Berkeley, he has advised numerous businesses and policymakers on a range of issues related to health economics.

Having trouble picking the right health insurance plan? Let an algorithm decide

Apr 29, 2016 10:15 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology Law Health

One key goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to lower health care costs by giving consumers more choice over their insurer. Economic theory suggests that when consumers make informed and active choices in a...

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