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Jay Bhattacharya

Jay Bhattacharya, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Associate Professor, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy
Associate Professor, by courtesy, of Economics
Senior Fellow, by courtesy, of the Freeman Spogli Institute
Director of the CHP/PCOR Program on Medical Outcomes
Director of the Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging
CHP/PCOR Core Faculty Member

Stanford University
117 Encina Commons
Stanford, CA 94305-6019

(650) 736-0404 (voice)
(650) 723-1919 (fax)

Research Interests

constraints that vulnerable populations face in making decisions that affect their health status; effects of government policies designed to benefit vulnerable populations


Jay Bhattacharya is an associate professor of medicine and a CHP/PCOR core faculty member. His research focuses on the constraints that vulnerable populations face in making decisions that affect their health status, as well as the effects of government policies and programs designed to benefit vulnerable populations. He has published empirical economics and health services research on the elderly, adolescents, HIV/AIDS and managed care. Most recently, he has researched the regulation of the viatical-settlements market (a secondary life-insurance market that often targets HIV patients) and summer/winter differences in nutritional outcomes for low-income American families. He is also working on a project examining the labor-market conditions that help determine why some U.S. employers do not provide health insurance.

He worked for three years as an economist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, Calif., where he also taught health economics as a visiting assistant professor at the University of California-Los Angeles. He received a BA in economics, an MD and a PhD from Stanford University.