Coleman Drake, Ph.D. Candidate

Health Services Research, Policy and Administration, Ph.D.

Area of Emphasis: Health Economics
Advisors: Jean Abraham, Roger Feldman
Committee Members: Bryan Dowd, Lynn Blewett, Pinar Karaca-Mandic
Research Interests: Health economics, healthcare policy, applied econometrics, industrial organization, labor economics

Bio: Coleman Drake is a doctoral candidate in health policy and management specializing in health economics at the University of Minnesota. For the 2017-2018 academic year, he is a Health Economics Fellow at the University of Chicago's Becker Friedman Institute. He also was an AHRQ T-32 trainee for his first four years at Minnesota. 

Coleman's research uses microeconomic theory, applied econometrics, and policy analysis to study health insurance and access to health care. His recent work examines employers’ responses to the Affordable Care Act’s Cadillac tax and consumer price sensitivity in the Health Insurance Marketplaces. For his dissertation, Coleman is studying consumer valuation of network breadth in the California's Health Insurance Marketplace, Covered California.

Coleman was a project manager for Epic Systems in Madison, Wisconsin, prior to his graduate studies. In his spare time, he enjoys jazz music, cooking, amateur archery, and his cat, Kingsley.


James Bailey, Coleman Drake, John Wingender. "The Value of Waivers from the Affordable Care Act"
Applied Economics Letters. Forthcoming.

Jean M. Abraham, Coleman Drake, Daniel Sacks, and Kosali Simon. "Demand for Health Insurance Marketplace Plans Was Highly Elastic in 2014-2015." Economics Letters. 2017, 159: 69-73.

Jean M. Abraham, Jeffrey S. McCullough, Coleman Drake, and Kosali Simon. "What Drives Insurer
Participation and Premiums in the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace?" International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics. 2017: 1-18.

Coleman Drake, Lucas J. Higuera, Fernando Alarid-Escudero, and Roger Feldman. "A Kinked Health Insurance Market: Employer-Sponsored Insurance Under the Cadillac Tax." American Journal of Health
Economics. 2017, 3(4). 455-476.

Jean M. Abraham, Anne B. Royalty, Coleman Drake. "Employer-Sponsored Insurance Offers: Largely Stable in 2014 Following ACA Implementation." Health Affairs. 2016, 35(11): 1-6.

Coleman Drake, Jean M. Abraham, and Jeffrey S. McCullough. "Rural Enrollment in the Federally
Facilitated Marketplace." Journal of Rural Health, 2016, 32(3): 332-339.


CV: Available here

Job Market Paper: Available on SSRN