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Marcus Dillender, PhD

Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Administration

Health Policy and Administration


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1603 W. Taylor St.

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(312) 413-1312

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Marcus Dillender, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Administration in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Dr. Dillender's research lies at the intersection of health, labor, and public economics and focuses on occupational health, workers' compensation insurance, public health and public health insurance programs, and health care labor markets. His past research projects have characterized the effect of temperature on workers' injury rates, shown how healthcare education and labor markets respond to Medicaid expansions, and evaluated the impact of prior authorization requirements on the prescription drugs and medical care that injured workers receive. In other projects, Dr. Dillender has studied the impact of mandates that employers offer health insurance to full-time workers on part-time employment and considered how the ability to obtain employer-sponsored health insurance coverage through a family member affects labor force participation. Current research examines gender differences in medical evaluations and the impact of public health funding to fight HIV/AIDS.

Selected Grants

Social Security Administration NBER Disability Research Center Grant, Gender Differences in Disability Evaluations: Evidence from Randomly Assigned Workers’ Compensation Doctors, Co-Principal Investigator

UIC School of Public Health, Seed Funding Award, Principal Investigator

Selected Publications

Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Part-Time Employment: Early Evidence (Joint with Carolyn J. Heinrich and Susan N. Houseman), forthcoming in Journal of Human Resources.

How Do Medicaid Expansions Affect the Demand for Health Care Workers? Evidence from Vacancy Postings, forthcoming in Journal of Human Resources.

Climate Change and Occupational Health: Are There Limits to Our Ability to Adapt?, Journal of Human Resources, 56(1), Winter 2021.

The Role of Mexican Immigration to the United States in Improved Workplace Safety for Natives from 1980 to 2015 (Joint with Melissa McInerney), Journal of Health Economics, 70, March 2020.

Does the Healthcare Educational Market Respond to Short-Run Local Demand? (Joint with Andrew Friedson, Cong Gian, and Kosali Simon), Economics of Education Review, 73, December 2019.

What Happens When the Insurer Can Say No? Assessing Prior Authorization as a Tool to Prevent High-Risk Prescriptions and to Lower Costs, Journal of Public Economics, 165, September 2018: 170–200.

English Skills and the Health Insurance Coverage of Immigrants, American Journal of Health Economics, 3(3), Summer 2017: 312–345.

Medicaid, Family Spending, and the Financial Implications of Crowd-Out, Journal of Health Economics, 53, May 2017: 1–16.

Health Insurance and Part-Time Work: Evidence from Massachusetts (Joint with Carolyn J. Heinrich and Susan N. Houseman), Labour Economics, 43, December 2016: 151–158.

The Impact of a Closed Formulary on Prescribing Patterns in the Treatment of Injured Workers, Economics Letters, 145, August 2016: 88–91.


Ph.D. Economics, University of Texas at Austin, 2013

M.S. Economics, University of Texas at Austin, 2010

B.S. Economics and Mathematics, Birmingham–Southern College, 2007