Yalun Su

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

I am a Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, a student affiliate in the HMR Lab at Harvard Medical School, and a predoctoral fellow in the University of Chicago-Northwestern University Health Services Research Program

My research lies in the intersection of health economics and public finance with a focus on social insurance and social health insurance.

I received my MSc. in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics and my B.A. in Applied Mathematics, Economics, and Statistics from UC Berkeley. Before Harris, I worked as a research professional at the Becker-Friedman Institute Ronzetti Initiative for the Study of Labor Markets.


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

[April 2021, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics ]

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

"Does Information Reporting Reduce Healthcare Agency Problems? Evidence from ICD-10 Transition."

"Privatizing Social Health Insurance: Medicare Advantage vs. Traditional Medicare," with Zarek Brot-Goldberg, Boris Vabson, Scott Bilder, Barton Jones, Iman Mohammadi, Zulkarnain Pulungan, and Christie Teigland.

"Effects of Medical Bills on Healthcare Utilization: Evidence from Surprise Billing," with Afia Khan and Yashna Nandan.

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