Amy Finkelstein

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Amy Finkelstein
Born (1973-11-02) November 2, 1973 (age 45)
InstitutionMassachusetts Institute of Technology
FieldPublic finance, health economics
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Oxford University
Harvard University
James M. Poterba[1]
Jonathan Gruber[1]
Heidi Williams[2]
AwardsJohn 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.[3] She was awarded the 2012 John Bates Clark Medal for her contributions to economics.[4][5] She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and won a MacArthur "Genius" fellowship[6] 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.


Finkelstein was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, after which she joined the MIT faculty in 2005.[7]

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.[8] The professorship was established with a gift by Edmund MacDonald '21, and recognizes Finkelstein's outstanding achievements in the field of economics.[8]


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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]


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.[13] 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".[5]

Select publications[edit]

  • 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.


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