Paul Shafer
Alumni

Paul Shafer

Academic Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina Cohort Start Year: 2016 Research Topics: Health Insurance Exchanges, Insurance Advertising
PHD, HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT

 

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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.

MORE ABOUT PAUL
Paul earned his PhD in health policy and management at UNC. 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 is a health economist, focused on health insurance policy and how the use of medical care is influenced by coverage transitions and benefit design. He has also worked as a research economist in the Center for Health Policy Science and Tobacco Research at RTI International (2011 to 2017) and as a junior fellow at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2018).

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