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Nicholas Tilipman

Assistant Professor

Health Policy and Administration


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1603 W. Taylor St.

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I am an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Administration at the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  My research focuses on the intersection of health economics, health policy, and industrial organization.  I study the effects of competition and regulation on the behavior of employers, insurers, and providers; the effects of health insurance on labor market outcomes; and the effects of  innovation in the pharmaceutical industry.

Selected Grants

Covered California, Marketplace Affordability and Stability in California, Co-PI

Selected Publications

Publications in Economics

Employer Incentives and Distortions in Health Insurance Design: Implications for Welfare and CostsAmerican Economic Review, 2022, 112(3): 998-1037
Previously circulated as “Narrow Physician Networks, Switching Costs, and Product Variety in Employer Markets”

Price Indices and the Value of Innovation with Heterogeneous Patients” (with Claudio Lucarelli and Sean Nicholson)
Journal of Health Economics, 2022, 84

Publications in Health Policy

Personalized Telephone Outreach Increased Health Insurance Take-Up for Hard-to-Reach Populations, But Challenges Remain.” (with Rebecca Myerson, Honglin Li, Andrew Feher, Wesley Yin, and Isaac Menashe). Health Affairs, 2022, 41(1): 129-137

We All Want It, But We Don’t Know What It Is: Toward a Standard of Affordability for Health Insurance Premiums” (with Peter Muennig, Bhaven Sampat, Lawrence Brown, and Sherry Glied). Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 2011, 36(5): 829-853

Simulation Modeling of Health Care Policy” (with Sherry Glied). Annual Review of Public Health, 2010. 31: 7.1 – 7.17

Working Papers

Regulating Out-of-Network Hospital Payments: Disagreement Payoffs, Negotiated Prices, and Access” (with Elena Prager)

“Provider Market Power and Adverse Selection in Health Insurance Markets: Evidence from the California Benefits Exchange” (with Wesley Yin, draft by request)

“The Effect of the Favorable Tax Treatment of Health Insurance on Coverage and Utilization” (with Sherry Glied, draft by request)

“Mental Health Mandates and Job Transitions” [draft by request]

Works in Progress

“Vertical Integration, Physician Referral Networks, and Insurer-Physician Negotiated Prices”

“Externalities from Large Health Insurance Purchasers” (with Elena Prager)

“The Welfare Effects of Intermediation in the Employer-Sponsored Insurance Market” (with Anran Li and Anthony LoSasso)

Published Policy Articles and Reports (Non-Peer-Reviewed)

Options to Improve Affordability in California’s Individual Health Insurance Market,” with Katie Ravel and Wesley Yin. Covered California Report. 2018.


PhD, Cornell University (2017)