Bing Center for Health Economics

RAND economists have a long and distinguished history of applying innovative research methods to improve health and the efficiency of health care service delivery.

With the help of a generous donation from former trustee Peter Bing, RAND created the Bing Center for Health Economics to continue to strengthen this tradition of innovative, high-profile research in health economics and health services.

What We Do

Bing in the News

We have sustained funding for another three years. The Bing Center for Health Economics will continue to serve as a resource for those targeting top academic health economic journals and working to advance the field.

Jon Gruber, president-elect of the American Society of Health Economics (ASHEcon) has asked Rosalie Liccardo Pacula to serve as program chair in the area of Tobacco, Alcohol, and Illegal Substances for the upcoming 6th Biennial meeting of the American Society of Health Economists at the University of Pennsylvania on June 12-15, 2016.

BING Researchers' Article Among Health Affairs' Most Read of 2015

The journal Health Affairs announced that "Trends In Health Insurance Enrollment, 2013–15," by Katherine Carman, Christine Eibner, and Susan Paddock, was on the journal's "Ten Most Read" list for 2015.

RAND at the American Economic Association (AEA)

The 2016 Annual Conference of the American Economic Association took place in San Francisco, CA on January 3-5, 2016.

Papers presented at the AEA Conference

  • ACA Insurance Coverage Expansion Impact on Hospital Cost

    Zeynal Karaca (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality), Eli Cutler (Truven Health Analytics), Michael Dworsky (RAND Corporation), Christine Eibner (RAND Corportion), Gary Pickens (Truven Health Analytics)

    This study measured the effect of the Affordable Care Act Insurance Coverage Expansion on Hospital Costs. Presenters Gary Pickens (Truven Health Analytics) and Herbert Wong (AHRQ).

  • The Effect of Wealth Shocks on Expected Bequests: Evidence from the Great Recession

    Matthew Baird (RAND Corporation), Michael Hurd (RAND Corporation), Susann Rohwedder (RAND Corporation)

    A wealth effect on bequests is the change in bequests in response to an exogenous, unanticipated change in wealth. We estimate a wealth effect as the change in expected bequests as a function of changes in wealth, where wealth is, successively, housing wealth, financial wealth or total wealth, all observed at the household level in panel, taking account of household modifiers such as the number of (adult) children and macro modifiers such as the local unemployment rate. Our results show how a wealth shock is expected to be divided between bequests and future consumption.

  • The Effect of Arousal on Economic Decision Making

    Salar Jahedi (RAND Corporation), Dan Ariely (Duke University), Cary Deck (University of Alaska-Anchorage)

    Recent research in psychology suggests that human choice is the outcome of an interplay between the intuitive system and reasoning system of the brain. Depending on the extent to which each system is activated, different revealed preferences may result. We found that cognitive load has a larger observed effect on behavior than does exposure to arousing images.

RAND Economists serving as Discussants at the AEAs

Recent Staff Appointments

  • Rosalie Liccardo Pacula has been selected to serve a 5 year term on the NIH Health Services Organization and Delivery Study Section (HSOD).
  • Jim Smith has been appointed to the Institute of Medicine.
  • Chapin White has been asked to present provider integration findings at the AHRQ Fall Research Conference.
  • Deborah Freud has been appointed the O'Neill-Alcoa Chair of Policy Analysis at the RAND Corporation.