AEACGR: Committee Members

Jonathan Skinner, Dartmouth,

Jonathan SkinnerJonathan Skinner is a John Sloan Dickey Professor in the economics department, and a professor with the Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth Medical School. He received his PhD in Economics from UCLA in 1983, and taught at the University of Virginia before moving to Dartmouth in 1995. Research interests include the economics of health care with a particular focus on the Medicare program, and the savings behavior of aging baby boomers. He is a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research, an associate editor of the American Economic Journal: Public Policy, and a former editor of theJournal of Human Resources. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2007.

Katherine Baicker, Harvard University

Katherine Baicker is Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.  She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine.  From 2005-2007, Professor Baicker served as a Senate-confirmed Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where she played a leading role in the development of health policy.  She currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Health Affairs, the Journal of Health Economics, and the Journal of Economic Perspectives; as a Director of Eli Lilly; as Chair of the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth; on the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission; on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers; and as a Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.  Her research has been published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Health Affairs, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and has been featured in outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio.  She is currently one of the leaders of a research program investigating the many effects of expanding health insurance coverage in the context of a randomized Medicaid expansion in Oregon.


Mark Duggan, University of Pennsylvania

Mark Duggan is a Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy and a Professor of Health Care Management at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He is also the Faculty Director of the Wharton Public Policy Initiative and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1999 and is currently a Co-Editor at the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy and at the Journal of Public Economics. His research focuses primarily on the effect of government expenditure programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid on the behavior of individuals and firms. He was the 2010 recipient of the ASHEcon Medal, which is awarded every two years by the American Society of Health Economists to the economist aged 40 and under in the U.S. who has made the most significant contributions to the field of health economics. Duggan served from 2009 to 2010 as the Senior Economist for Health Care Policy at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He has also been an Expert Witness for the U.S. Department of Justice and recently served on the Social Security Advisory Board's Technical Panel on Assumptions and Methods.

Dana Goldman, University of Southern California

Dr. Goldman holds the Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair at the University of Southern California and is the founding director of the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. Prior to his leadership role at USC, he held RAND Corporation's Distinguished Chair in Health Economics and directed RAND's program in Health Economics, Finance, and Organization. His research lies at the intersection of health economics and health policy, with an emphasis on improving insurance design. He is the author of over 140 articles and book chapters, and his research has been published in the leading medical, economic, health policy, and statistics journals. He is a health policy advisor to the Congressional Budget Office and a member of the MacArthur Research Network on an Aging Society. He serves on the editorial boards of Health Affairs and the American Journal of Managed Care. He is also a founding editor of the Forum for Health Economics and Policy, an online journal devoted to health economics and health policy. Dr. Goldman is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and a past recipient of the National Institute for Health Care Management Research Foundation award for excellence in health policy, and the Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award recognizing contributions of a young scholar to the field of health services research. His work modeling health policy was recognized with the Eugene Garfield Economic Impact Prize.

Maurine A. Haver, Haver Analytics

Maurine A. Haver is the founder and CEO of Haver Analytics, an economic information services company. She served as President of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and currently chairs the NABE campaign for Quality Economic Data and the NABE Statistics Committee. She is a member of Advisory Committees to the Office of Financial Research at the U.S. Treasury, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and is Chair of the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics.


Charles Holt, University of Virginia

Charles Holt is the A. Willis Robertson Professor of Political Economy at the University of Virginia, where he also teaches in the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.  Previously, he taught at the University of Minnesota, after finishing graduate work at Carnegie-Mellon, where he studied under Ed Prescott and Morris DeGroot. He is the currently the director of the Experimental Economics Laboratory at Virginia. He develops and programs the web-based VeconLab experiments that are widely used for teaching and research. His publications include over a hundred articles in academic journals, focused on game theory, auctions, experimental economics, and the teaching of economics. He has written and edited several books on topics in experimental economics, and was a founding co-editor of the journal, Experimental Economics. He has previously served as President of the Economic Science Association, the Southern Economic Association, and the Society of Economic Educators. Much of his research pertains to auction design, e.g. for greenhouse gas allowances, spectrum licenses, auto license plates, and toxic banking assets.

Susan N. Houseman, Upjohn Institute

Susan Houseman is a Senior Economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.  Houseman’s research has examined trends in employers’ use of temporary help employment, outsourcing, and nonstandard work arrangements and their implications for workers’ wages, benefits, and employment stability.  Her research on outsourcing and offshoring also has highlighted measurement problems in U.S. statistics.  With funding from the Alfred P. Sloan foundation and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, she has conducted research and organized conferences to study biases in price indexes, productivity and output growth along with other measurement problems arising from the growth of globalization.  Other research focuses on work sharing and short-time compensation, older workers and retirement issues, and comparative labor market policies in Japan and Europe.  Houseman chairs the Technical Advisory Committee to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and is a member of the Editorial Board on the Journal of Economic Perspectives.  Prior to coming to the Upjohn Institute, Houseman was on the faculty at the University of Maryland, School of Public Affairs and was a Visiting Scholar at the Brookings Institution.  She received her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Bruce Meyer, University of Chicago

Bruce D. Meyer is the McCormick Foundation Professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy Studies He received his BA and MA in economics from Northwestern University in 1981 and his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a former editor or associate editor of the Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, the B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, the Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Labor Economics. He is a member of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Technical Advisory Committee, was recently Chair of the Business and Economic Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association, and served on the National Academy Panel on Redesigning the BLS Consumer Expenditure Surveys, and the Advisory Panel on Research Uses of Administrative Data of the Northwestern University/University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research. He studies poverty and inequality, tax policy, the accuracy of household surveys, and government safety net programs such as unemployment insurance, workers' compensation, food stamps, and Medicaid.

Karen L. Palmer, Resources for the Future

Karen Palmer is a Senior Fellow and Research Director at Resources for the Future in Washington, DC. Dr. Palmer specializes in the economics of environmental regulation and public utility regulation, with a focus on electricity. Her work seeks to improve the design of incentive-based environmental and technology regulations that influence the electric utility sector. She has also written several papers on the economics of the energy efficiency gap and of different policy approaches to address it. Her most recent work focuses on energy efficiency in commercial and residential buildings and the design of greenhouse gas policy for the electricity sector. She is co-author of the book, Alternating Currents: Electricity Markets and Public Policy, published by RFF Press in 2002. In the 1990s, Dr. Palmer spent six months as a visiting economist in the Office of Economic Policy at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She serves on several advisory panels, including the Research Advisory Board to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. She is the recipient of the Public Utility Research Center’s 2015 Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Palmer received her Ph.D. in economics from Boston College in 1990.

Nina Pavcnik, Dartmouth College

Nina PavcnikNina Pavcnik is Niehaus Family Professor of International Studies and Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College.  She received a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.  Her research interests are at the intersection of international trade, economic development, and industrial organization, with a particular focus on how households, workers, and firms respond to globalization.  She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a research affiliate at the Centre for Economic and Policy Research, and a senior fellow at the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development.  She currently serves as a Co-editor of the Journal of International Economics, associate editor of the American Economic Review and the World Bank Economic Review, and is a member of the World Bank Research Committee.

Phillip L. Swagel, University of Maryland

Phillip L. SwagelPhillip L. Swagel is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, where he teaches classes on international finance and the relationship between financial markets and the economy. He is also a non-resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Mr. Swagel was Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Treasury Department from December 2006 to January 2009. In that position, he served as a member of the TARP investment committee and advised Secretary Paulson on all aspects of economic policy. Mr. Swagel previously worked at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the International Monetary Fund, and the Federal Reserve, and taught economics at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Princeton University and a PhD in economics from Harvard University.