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.

Curriculum Vitae

Working Papers

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.


Publications