Catherine Lei

Catherine Lei, BA

Pre-doctoral Student at Stanford Health Policy

Dept. of Health Research & Policy
Redwood Building T261
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA 94305

(650) 714-9282 (voice)

Research Interests

Industrial organization, the effects of insurance costs, and the impact of regulation on health insurance markets


Catherine Lei is a doctoral candidate at the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Department of Health Research and Policy. She graduated from Princeton University in 2015 with a concentration in Economics and a certificate in Finance. Her thesis analyzed the effect of financial incentives on employer-sponsored insurance (ESI), examining the ways in which ESI offer and take-up rates for both small and large firms changed during the temporary lifting of the employer mandate in a Massachusetts case study.

Catherine studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) while abroad at Oxford University. At Oxford, she conducted research on the comparative health economic situation of the United States and the United Kingdom, exploring the relationship between differing provisions of the national health systems and seven negative health outcomes—heart disease, heart failure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, and cancer—associated with obesity.

Her current research interests focus on the industrial organization of health care, the effects of individual/insurer/provider behavior on insurance costs and outcomes, and the impact of regulation on health insurance markets.