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Jay Bhattacharya

Jay Bhattacharya, MD, PhD

Senior Fellow, by courtesy, of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Professor of Medicine
Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Professor, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy
Professor, by courtesy, of Economics
Director of the Program on Medical Outcomes
Director of the Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging
Core faculty member at the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research

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 a 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.