Jonathan T. Kolstad

  CV | Papers | Teaching

Published Papers:

Information Frictions and the Welfare Consequences of Adverse Selection
(with Ben Handel and Johannes Spinnewijn), forthcoming, Review of Economics and Statistics.

What Does a Deductible Do? The Impact of Cost-Sharing on Health Care Prices, Quantities and Spending Dynamics, (with Zarek Brot-Goldberg, Amitabh Chandra and Ben Handel), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2017, 132(3): 1261-1318.
Media coverage:  New York Times,  Washington Post (WonkBlog and Health & Science), Vox,  Modern Healthcare, CBS, Marketplace (PRI)

Mandate-Based Health Reform and the Labor Market: Evidence from the Massachusetts Health Insurance Reform, (with Amanda Kowalski), Journal of Health Economics, 2016, 47: 81-106.
A related op-ed in the Huffington Post on whether the individual mandate is a tax.

Health Insurance for "Humans": Information Frictions, Plan Choice, and Consumer Welfare
(with Ben Handel), American Economic Review, 2015, 105(8): 2449-2500.
Media coverage: Huffington Post
A related Hamilton Project policy proposal on enhancing insurance markets
Data and Code

Adverse Selection and an Individual Mandate: When Theory Meets Practice
(with Martin Hackmann and Amanda Kowalski), American Economic Review, 2015, 105(3): 1030-1066.
An issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation based on this paper.
Data and Code

Information and Quality when Motivation is Intrinsic: Evidence from Surgeon Report Cards
American Economic Review, 2013, 103(7): 2875-2910.
Data and Code

Consumers’ Misunderstanding of Health Insurance, (with George Loewenstein, Joelle Friedman, Barbara McGill, Sarah Ahmad, Suzanne Linck, Stacey Sinkula, John Beshears, James J. Choi, David Laibson, Brigitte C. Madrian, John A. List, and Kevin G. Volpp), Journal of Health Economics, 2013, 32(5): 850-862.

The Impact of Health Care Reform On Hospital and Preventative Care: Evidence from Massachusetts
(with Amanda Kowalski), Journal of Public Economics, 2012, 96(11-12): 909-929.

The Effect of Pay for Performance in Hospitals: Lessons for Quality Improvement
(with Rachel Werner, Elizabeth Stuart and Daniel Polsky), Health Affairs, 2011, 30(4): 690-698.

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.
Data and Code

Quality and Consumer Decision Making in the Market for Health Insurance and Health Care Services,(with Michael Chernew), Medical Care Research and Review, 2009, 66(1): 28S-52S.

Working Papers:

The Social Determinants of Choice Quality: Evidence from Health Insurance in the Netherlands, (with Ben Handel, Thomas Minten and Johannes Spinnewijn)

Insurer Innovation and Health Care Efficiency: Evidence From Utah, (with Ben Handel, Jonathan Holmes and Kurt Lavetti)

Managing Intelligence: Skilled Experts and AI in Markets for Complex Products, (with Jon Gruber, Ben Handel and Sam Kina)

Using Environmental Emission Permits to Raise Electricity Prices: Evidence from the California Electricity Market, (with Frank Wolak), revise and resubmit, RAND Journal of Economics.

Other Publications:

A Behavioral Blueprint for Improving Health Care Policy, (with George Loewenstein, David Hagmann, Janet Schwartz, Keith Ericson, Judd B. Kessler, Saurabh Bhargava, Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Thomas D'Aunno, Ben Handel, Jonathan Kolstad, David Nussbaum, Victoria Shaffer, Jonathan Skinner, Peter Ubel, & Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher), Behavioral Science and Policy, 2017, 3(1): 53-66.

Wearable Technologies and Health Behaviors: New Data and New Methods to Understand Population Health, (with Ben Handel), American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, 2017, 107(5): 481-85.

Messaging and the Mandate: The Impact of Consumer Experience on Health Insurance Enrollment Through Exchanges, (with Natalie Cox, Ben Handel and Neale Mahoney), American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, 2015, 105(5): 105-109.

Health Reform, Health Insurance, and Selection: Estimating Selection into Health Insurance Using the Massachusetts Health Reform, (with Martin Hackmann and Amanda Kowalski), American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, 2012, 102(3): 498-501.