Featuring Dean Katherine Baicker

With the future of public health insurance subsidies in the United States and many countries in flux, gauging the effects of public insurance on health care spending, financial security, and physical and mental health is crucial. Such effects are notoriously hard to assess, however, because there are many differences between uninsured and insured populations that may affect health. Dean Baicker and colleagues used a rare opportunity to conduct a randomized, controlled evaluation of the effects of the US Medicaid program on a wide range of outcomes. Dean Baicker will present recent findings from this and other studies to shed light on the likely effects of changes in health policy.

Contact alumniassociation@uchicago.edu or 773.702.2150.

Event Details

7:30 p.m. Registration and networking
8:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
9:00 p.m. Reception

Admission is free.

Parking Information

The Tokyo American Club recommends that visitors use public transportation. For guests who are driving, there are several parking lots around the club, including at Tokyo Tower, near Azabu Post Office, and in the direction of Azabu Juba and Akabanebashi Stations.

Featured Faculty


Katherine Baicker, dean and Emmett Dedmon Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, is a leading scholar in the economic analysis of health care policy. Baicker’s research focuses primarily on the factors that drive the distribution, generosity, and effectiveness of public and private health insurance, with a particular focus on health insurance finance and the effect of reforms on the distribution and quality of care. Her research has been published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Health Affairs, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an affiliate of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and she serves on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers, the board of directors of Eli Lilly, and the editorial boards of Health Affairs and the Journal of Health Economics. She is also an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Before coming to the University of Chicago, Baicker was the C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. From 2005 to 2007, she was a Senate-confirmed member of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, where she played a leading role in the development of health policy. She received her BA in economics from Yale University and her PhD in economics from Harvard University.