Julius L. Chen, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. Dr. Chen's research interests are in health economics, health policy, and applied microeconomics. He utilizes empirical microeconomics to evaluate strategies designed to improve the production and financing of health care. In particular, his current work studies employer-based innovation in health care delivery, insurer behavior in the Medicare Advantage market, and alternative provider payment models. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty, Dr. Chen was a Research Associate in Health Care Policy at Harvard University. He received his PhD and MS in applied economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his BA in economics with highest honors and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley. From 2010-2011, Dr. Chen served as a California Senate Fellow and worked on state-level health policy issues.
PhD, 2016, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
MS, 2013, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
BA, 2010, University of California, Berkeley
Member, American Economic Association
Member, American Society of Health Economists
Member, International Health Economics Association
Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania (2014-2016)
Honors & Awards
Areas of Expertise
Healthcare Economics, Healthcare Financing, Healthcare Insurance, Healthcare Management, Healthcare Policy, Medicaid/Medicare, Workplace Health
Chen JL, Chernew ME, Fendrick AM, Thompson JW, Rose S. Impact of an Episode-Based Payment Initiative by Commercial Payers in Arkansas on Procedure Volume: an Observational Study. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2019.
Chen JL, Hicks AL, Chernew ME. Prices for Physician Services in Medicare Advantage Versus Traditional Medicare. American Journal of Managed Care. 2018.