Hao Yu

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Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in health services research and policy, University of Rochester; M.A. in health economics, Shanghai Medical University; B.A. in medicine, Shanghai Medical University

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Hao Yu is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He has particular interest and experience in studying health care reforms in both the United States and China. He won a new investigator award in 2003 from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau in the U.S. for his study of how the public insurance expansion for children affects their health care utilization and costs. He has experience in leading major research projects, including two ongoing R01 projects with one examining the impact of physician distribution on health care and health outcomes and the other evaluating the model of integrating physical and mental health services for the mentally ill. He received his B.A. in medicine and M.A. in health economics from Shanghai Medical University and his Ph.D. in health services research and policy from the University of Rochester.

Recent Projects

  • Physician Distribution and Health Care Access, Costs, and Quality
  • Integrating Physical and Mental Care for Adults with Serious Mental Illness
  • A Novel Causal Difference-in-differences Method to Study the Medical Home Effects
  • The Causal Effects of State-Level Tobacco Control Policies
  • Can Medical Malpractice Reform Lead to Lower Health Care Costs? A Longitudinal Analysis

Selected Publications

Yu, H., "Universal health insurance coverage for 1.3 billion people: What accounts for China's success?" Health Policy, 119(9):1145–1152, 2015

Yu, H., Mehrotra, A., Adams, J., "Reliability of Utilization Measures for Primary Care Physician Profiling," Health Care: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation, 1(1):22-29, 2013

Yu, H., Dick, A., "Impacts of Rising Health Care Costs on Families with Employment-Based Private Insurance: A National Analysis with State Fixed Effects," Health Services Research, 47(5):2012-2030, 2012

Yu, H., Scharf, D., Engberg, E., and Schultz, D, "The Effects of Arkansas Master Settlement Spending on Disparities in Smoking," American Journal of Public Health, 19(5):31-39, 2012

Yu, H., Dick, A, "Risk-Adjusted Capitation Rates for Children: How Useful Are the Survey-Based Measures?" Health Services Research, 45(6):1948-1962, 2010

Yu, H., Greenberg, M., Haviland, A., Farley, D., ""Canary Measures" among the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators," American Journal of Medical Quality, 24(6):465-473, 2009

Yu, H., Dick, A, "Recent Trends in SCHIP Eligibility and Coverage for Children with Special Health Care Needs," Pediatrics, 124:S337-S342, 2009

Yu, H., Dick, A., Szilagyi, P., "Does Public Insurance Provide Better Financial Protection Against Rising Health Care Costs for Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs?" Medical Care, 46(10):1064-1070, 2008

Honors & Awards

  • 2016 Best Abstract, AcademyHealth
  • 2015 Best Overall Poster Award, Health Technology Assessment International
  • 2003 New Investigator in MCH: Dissertation Award, Maternal and Child Health Bureau