Yalun Su

Contact
yalunsu[at]uchicago.edu

Workstation 2080-26
1307 E 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

I am a PhD student and an AHRQ T32 predoctoral trainee at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. My research interests are public economics and health care.

Prior to Harris, I worked as a research professional at the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics and the Becker-Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Publication

“Disability and Distress: The Effect of Disability Programs on Financial Outcomes,” with Manasi Deshpande and Tal Gross. Manuscript. Online Appendix.

[April 2021, American Economic Journal: Applied ]

Abstract: We provide the first evidence on the relationship between disability programs and markers of financial distress: bankruptcy, foreclosure, eviction, and home sale. Rates of these adverse financial events peak around the time of disability application. Using variation induced by an age-based eligibility rule, we find that disability allowance reduces the likelihood of bankruptcy (0.77 percentage point or 31 percent), foreclosure (1.8 percentage point or 34 percent), and home sale (1.8 percentage point or 15 percent). We present evidence that these changes reflect true reductions in financial distress. Considering these extreme events increases the optimal disability benefit amount and suggests a shorter optimal waiting time.

Research in Progress

“Is High Billing Complexity Always Bad? Lessons Learned from 2015 Diagnosis Code Reform," with Kisoo Kim.

"Impact of Surprise Medical Bills," with Afia Khan and Yashna Nandan.

Education

M.Sc. in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, London School of Economics

B.A. with Distinction in General Scholarship in Applied Mathematics, Economics, and Statistics, UC Berkeley

I am an aviation enthusiast ✈️

RTW Trip in Summer 2019

ORD - IAD - PEK - CTU - SHE - HOME - PVG - HKG - SIN - LHR - QQP-XPG-QQP - LHR - MUC - ZRH - BUD - WAW - CPH - ARN - MUC - SFO - ORD

Shortest TATL Trip

Outbound: 2018/05/22 ORD-LHR
Inbound: 2018/05/24 LHR-ORD

Shortest TPAC Trip
Outbound: 2019/12/29 ORD-PVG-PEK
Inbound: 201
9/12/30 PKX-PVG-ORD