|Institution||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Field||Public finance, health economics|
|Alma mater||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|James M. Poterba|
|Awards||John Bates Clark Medal, 2012 |
Elaine Bennett Research Prize, 2008
Amy Nadya Finkelstein (born November 2, 1973) is a Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the co-Director and research associate of the Public Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the co-Scientific Director of J-PAL North America. She was awarded the 2012 John Bates Clark Medal for her contributions to economics. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and won a MacArthur "Genius" fellowship in 2018.
Finkelstein studied Government at Harvard University, where she was a Truman Scholar and received an AB summa cum laude in 1995. She was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, where she received an M.Phil in Economics in 1997. She received her PhD in Economics from MIT in 2001 under supervision of James M. Poterba and Jonathan Gruber.
In 2016, MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences named Finkelstein the John and Jennie S. MacDonald Professor for a five-year term. The professorship was established with a gift by Edmund MacDonald '21, and recognizes Finkelstein's outstanding achievements in the field of economics.
Finkelstein's primary expertise is in public finance and health economics, and she conducts research into market failures and government intervention in insurance markets, and the impact of public policy on health care. Together with Katherine Baicker, she is one of two Principal Investigators of the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, a randomized evaluation of the impact of expanding Medicaid to low-income adults. Her research has shown that newly enrolled Medicaid patients make more trips overall to providers after acquiring insurance, make more visits to emergency rooms, and benefit financially from having insurance, among other findings. Finkelstein said that the body of research, including her work on the effects of the 2008 Medicaid expansion in Oregon, have made her confident that health insurance improves health.
In 2008, Finkelstein was awarded the Elaine Bennett Research Prize by the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP), for her contributions to the economics profession. In 2012, she was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal from the American Economic Association. The award cited her research as "a model of how theory and empirics can be combined in creative ways".
- Baicker, Katherine; Finkelstein, Amy (2011). "The Effects of Medicaid Coverage — Learning from the Oregon Experiment". New England Journal of Medicine. 365 (8): 683–685. doi:10.1056/nejmp1108222. ISSN 0028-4793. PMID 21774703.
- Finkelstein, Amy N.; Taubman, Sarah L.; Allen, Heidi L.; Wright, Bill J.; Baicker, Katherine (2016). "Effect of Medicaid Coverage on ED Use — Further Evidence from Oregon's Experiment". New England Journal of Medicine. 375 (16): 1505–1507. doi:10.1056/nejmp1609533.
- Finkelstein, Amy; Gentzkow, Matthew; Hull, Peter; Williams, Heidi (2017). "Adjusting Risk Adjustment — Accounting for Variation in Diagnostic Intensity". New England Journal of Medicine. 376 (7): 608–610. doi:10.1056/nejmp1613238. PMC 5380362.
- Dobkin, Carlos; Finkelstein, Amy; Kluender, Raymond; Notowidigdo, Matthew J. (2018). "Myth and Measurement — The Case of Medical Bankruptcies". New England Journal of Medicine. 378 (12): 1076–1078. doi:10.1056/nejmp1716604.
- Finkelstein, Amy (2001), Adverse selection and government intervention in life and health insurance markets. Ph.D. dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Williams's CV
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- "MIT economics professor awarded Bates Clark medal". Boston Globe. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
- "MIT Economist of Health Care Wins John Bates Clark Medal – The Ticker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education". chronicle.com. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
- Meet the Academics Who Nabbed This Year’s MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grants, Julian Wyllie, The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 4, 2018.
- "Amy Finkelstein – Short Biography". Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
- "Nine SHASS faculty members awarded named professorships". MIT News. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
- "First Study of Its Kind Shows Benefits of Providing Medical Insurance to Poor". New York Times. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
- "National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER): Oregon Health Insurance Experiment". Retrieved 15 July 2015.
- "Testing their patients". MIT News. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
- "Will repealing Obamacare really kill 60,000 people?". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
- "CSWEP Awards and Prizes". Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. Archived from the original on 2012-03-15. Retrieved 28 April 2012.