Julius Chen, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management
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Julius L. Chen, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University and an Affiliate of the Columbia Population Research Center. Dr. Chen's research utilizes empirical microeconomics to evaluate innovative strategies designed to improve the production and financing of medical care. In particular, his ongoing work studies public- and private-sector initiatives to redesign delivery systems (e.g., integrated delivery network approaches) and provider payment models (e.g., risk-based payment). He aims to understand how these strategies impact patient outcomes, spending levels, provider behavior, and the efficiency of care delivery. Dr. Chen earned his BA in economics with highest honors and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley; received his MS and PhD, both in applied economics, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; and completed his research training in health care policy at Harvard University.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 2010 University of California, Berkeley
  • MS, 2013 The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • PhD, 2016 The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2018 Harvard University

Committees, Societies, Councils

Affiliate, https://cprc.columbia.edu/directory/julius-chen">Columbia Population Research Center

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)

Fellow, California State Senate (2010)

Honors & Awards

Calderone Health Equity Award (2021)Calderone Award for Junior Faculty Development (2021)Columbia Public Health Innovation Fund Award (2020)


Research Interests

  • Biostatistical Methods
  • Chronic disease
  • Healthcare Policy

Selected Publications

Chen JL, Krupp GR, Lo JY. The COVID-19 Pandemic and Changes in Health Care Utilization Among Patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Care, Jan 2022, 45(4): e74-e76.Chen JL, McGeorge RK. Spillover Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic Could Drive Long-Term Health Consequences for Non-COVID-19 Patients. Health Affairs Forefront, Oct 2020.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, Feb 2020, 35(2): 578-585.Chen JL, Hicks AL, Chernew ME. Prices for Physician Services in Medicare Advantage Versus Traditional Medicare. American Journal of Managed Care, Jul 2018, 24(7): 341-344.