Colleen Marie Carey
Assistant Professor of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University
An economist by training, my research focuses on the industrial organization of health care, with special attention to federal regulation of health insurance markets. I am a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Previously, I was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan and a Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers.
In academic year 2021-2022, I am visiting Princeton University's Center for Health and Wellbeing.
My research informs the design of publicly-subsidized health insurance markets such as the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. I am particularly interested in the success of federal regulations, such as reinsurance and risk adjustment, in neutralizing adverse selection in these markets. In other research, I have studied how the financial relationships between physicians and drug firms affect prescribing behavior, and the success of state policies that aim to interdict prescription opioid abuse.
Why Does Disability Increase During Recessions? Evidence from Medicare, with Nolan Miller and David Molitor (new draft coming soon!)
The Impact of Provider Reimbursement on Health Care Utilization: Evidence from Medicare and Medicaid, with Marika Cabral and Sarah Miller.
Carey, Colleen. 2021. "Sharing the Burden of Subsidization: Evidence on Pass-Through from a Subsidy Revision in Medicare Part D." Journal of Public Economics. 198. (ungated)
Carey, Colleen, Ethan M. J. Lieber, and Sarah M. Miller. 2021. "Drug Firms' Payments and Physicians' Prescribing Behavior in Medicare Part D," Journal of Public Economics. 197. (ungated )
Coverage: Cornell Chronicle
Carey, Colleen, Giacomo Meille, and Thomas Buchmueller. 2021. "Provider Compliance With Kentucky’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program’s Mandate To Query Patient Opioid History" Health Affairs. 40(3).
Carey, Colleen, Sarah M. Miller, and Laura Wherry. 2020. "The Impact of Insurance Expansions on the Already Insured: The Affordable Care Act and Medicare." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. 12(4): 288-318. (ungated)
Buchmueller, Thomas, Colleen Carey, and Giacomo Meille. 2020. "How Well Do Doctors Know Their Patients? Evidence from a Mandatory Access Prescription Drug Monitoring Program." Health Economics. 29 (9): 957-974. (ungated)
Buchmueller, Thomas and Colleen Carey. 2018. "The Effect of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs on Opioid Utilization in Medicare." American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. 10(1).
Carey, Colleen, Anupam B. Jena, and Michael L. Barnett. 2018. "Patterns of Potential Opioid Misuse and Subsequent Adverse Outcomes in Medicare, 2008-2012." Annals of Internal Medicine. doi: 10.7326/M17-3065.
Carey, Colleen. 2017. "Technological Change and Risk Adjustment: Benefit Design Incentives in Medicare Part D." American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. 9(1).
Finalist for National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation’s 24th Annual Health Care Research Award
Carey, Colleen and Stephen Shore. 2013. "From the Peaks to the Valleys: Cross-State Evidence on Income Volatility Over the Business Cycle." Review of Economics and Statistics. 95(2): 549-562.
Buchmueller, Thomas, Colleen Carey, and Helen Levy. 2013. "Will Employers Drop Health Insurance Coverage Because of the Affordable Care Act?" Health Affairs. 32(9): 1522-1530.
Sommers, Benjamin D., Thomas Buchmueller, Sandra L. Decker, Colleen Carey, and Richard Kronick. 2013. "The Affordable Care Act Has Led To Significant Gains In Health Insurance And Access To Care For Young Adults." Health Affairs. 32(1).