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The Economic Consequences of Health Care Reform

May 22, 2017: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

The Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics invites Chicago Booth alumni to a panel moderated by Kevin Murphy exploring the economic impact of health care reform.

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Joseph Regenstein Library
Room 122
1100 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL


No Charge


5:30 PM - 6:00 PM: Reception

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Panel and Q & A


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Deadline: 5/19/2017


Melissa Calahan

Event Details

Spending on healthcare in the United States has been growing faster than the economy itself, even while the share of the population without health care was increasing. The 2010 Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) was intended to reverse these trends but has had economic side effects.

The ACA and ongoing attempts at health care reform involve a complex mix of subsidies, incentives, regulations, and taxes. This, in turn, affects insurance markets, labor costs, employment trends, and other economic variables.

In this panel, three experts will share their views on how health care reform affects the federal budget and how the forces it sets in motion ripple through the economy

Speaker Profiles

Jessica Banthin (Panelist)
Deputy Assistant Director, Congressional Budget Office

Jessica Banthin has played a leading role in assessing the costs of health care reform.

Anup Malani (Panelist)
Lee and Brena Freeman Professor, University of Chicago Law School

Anup Malani, JD'00; PhD'93, is also a Professor at the Pritzker School of Medicine. He studies the value of medical innovation and health care insurance.

Casey Mulligan (Panelist)
Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Department of Economics

Casey Mulligan, PhD'93 (Economics)  has documented positive and negative impacts of the Affordable Care Act.

Kevin Murphy (Moderator)
George Pratt Shultz Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Department of Economics and Chicago Booth

Kevin Murphy, PhD'86 (Economics), studies the economic value of improvements in health and longevity, as well as the economics of growth and development, inequality, unemployment, and relative wages.


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