Paul Shafer, PhD student, Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Research Interests: Health care utilization, health insurance, and health promotion.

Focus: Paul is currently working to measure the effect of coverage gains under the Affordable Care Act on emergency department and primary care utilization with a focus on the previously uninsured. He is also working to estimate the impact of federal, state, and insurer advertising on consumer engagement with state and federal health insurance exchanges.
Paul Shafer
Paul Shafer, PhD student, Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Paul is a third-year doctoral student at UNC with a concentration in health economics. He is a first-generation American, college graduate, and graduate student as the only child of parents who defected from then Soviet-controlled Hungary in the 1970s. He completed a BA in Economics at UNC and an MA in Applied Economics at UNC at Greensboro. Prior to beginning his doctorate, Paul was a research economist in the Center for Health Policy Science and Tobacco Research at RTI International where he focused on tobacco policy. He worked on several high-profile projects, including the evaluation of a CDC national antismoking campaign (“Tips From Former Smokers”), and published numerous papers on other topics, including the economic impact of smoke-free air laws and tobacco retailing.