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John Heinz Dissertation Award Winners


2016

Winner

Manasi Deshpande, Economics, MIT.
Essays on the Effects of Disability Insurance


2015

Winner

Maria Polyakova, Economics, MIT
Regulation of Public Health Insurance

Honorable Mention

Michael Boudreaux, University of Minnesota
The Long-Term Effects of Exposure to Medicaid in Early Childhood


2014

Winner

Nathaniel Hendren, Economics, MIT. 
Essays on Information and Insurance Markets, MIT


2012

Winner

Karen Tani, History, University of Pennsylvania 
Securing A Right to Welfare: Public Assistance Administration and the Rule of Law, 1935-1965

Honorable Mention

John Graves, Health Policy, Harvard University 
The Evolving Dynamics of Health Insurance Under State and Federal Reform 


 2011

Winner

Catherine B. Haskins, Economics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Household Employer Payroll Tax Evasion: An Exploration Based on IRS Data and on Interviews with Employers and Domestic Workers


2010

Winner

Jessie B. Ramey, History, Carnegie Mellon University
A Child Care Crisis: Poor Black and White Families and Orphanages in Pittsburgh, 1878-1929.

Honorable Mention

John W. “Jack” Gettens, Social Policy, Brandeis University
Medicaid Expansions: The Work and Program Participation of People With Disabilities


2009

Winner

Lauren Hersch Nicholas, Social Policy & Policy Analysis, Columbia University
Medicare Advantage? The Effects of Managed Care on Medicare Quality, Costs and Enrollment


2008

Winner

Sandra Levitsky, Sociology, University of Wisconsin
Private Dilemmas of Public Provision: The Formation of Political Demand for State Entitlements to Long-Term Care

Honorable Mention

Erin Strumpf, Health Policy and Economics, Harvard University
Employment, Health Insurance, and Health Care for Vulnerable Populations: Early Retirees, Low-Income Adults, and Racial/Ethnic Minorities


2007

Winner

Giovanni Mastrobuoni, Economics, Princeton University
An Empirical Evaluation of Recent Social Security Reforms

Honorable Mention

Kenneth Fortson, Economics, Princeton University
Economic Analysis of Workplace Injuries


2006

Winner

Samuel K. Allen, Economics, University of Arizona
The Economics and Politics of Workers' Compensation: 1930-2000


2005

Winner

Alan Jacobs, Government, Harvard University
Governing for the Long Term: Democratic Politics and Policy Investment

Honorable Mention

Mauro Mastrogiacomo, Netherlands Bureau for Economic and Policy Analysis
Retirement Expectations and Realizations: Essays on the Netherlands and Italy


2004

Winner

Robin L. McKnight, Economics, MIT
Essays on the Economics of Health Insurance

Honorable Mention

Jill Rachel Horwitz, Health Policy, Harvard University
Corporate Form of Hospitals: Behavior and Obligations


2003

Winner

Jennifer L. Erkulwater, Political Science, Boston College
The Forgotten Safety Net: The Expansion of Supplemental Security Income

Honorable Mention

Pamela Herd, Sociology, Syracuse University
Crediting Care, Citizenship, or Marriage? Gender, Race, Class and Social Security Reform


2002

Winner

Jacob Hacker, Political Science, Yale University
The Political Struggle over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States

Honorable Mention

Amy Finkelstein, Economics, MIT
Adverse Selection and Government Intervention in Life and Health Insurance Markets


2001

Co-Winner

Jason Barabas, Political Science, Northwestern University
Americans Discuss Social Security: How Deliberation Affects Public Opinion

Co-Winner

Irineu de Carvalho, Economics, MIT
Essays in Development Economics


2000

Winner

Jennifer Klein, History, University of Virginia
Managing Security: The Business of American Social Policy, 1910s-1960

Honorable Mention

Michael Harrington


1999

Winner

Katherine Baicker, Economics, Harvard University
Fiscal Federalism and Social Insurance

Honorable Mentions

Julie Berry Cullen, Economics, MIT
Essays on Special Education Finance and Intergovernmental Relations

Alexandra Shields, Health Policy, Brandeis University
Medicaid Managed Care and Plan Performance: The Case of Pediatric Asthma


1998

Winner

Jean Marie Gilman, Government, University of Virginia
Medicaid and the Cost of Federalism, 1984-1992

Honorable Mention

Matthew Eichner, Economics, MIT
Medical Expenditures and Major Risk Health Insurance


1997

Winner

Elizabeth Kilbreth, Social Work, Brandeis University
Recipient Access and the Continuity of Care

Honorable Mentions

Jon Oberlander, Political Science, Yale University
Medicare and The American State: The Politics of Federal Health Insurance, 1965-1991

Kerwin Charles, Economics, Cornell University
An Inquiry in the Labor Market Consequences of Disabling Illness


1996

Winner

Steven Teles, Government, University of Virginia
   AFDC: The Politics of Dissensus


1995

Winner

Brent Kreider, Economics, University of Wisconsin
Labor Force Attrition, Application to the Social Security Disability Program, Income Uncertainty and Optimal Redistributive Taxation

Honorable Mention

Mark McClellan, Economics, MIT
The Economics of Medical Treatment Intensity


1994

Winner

Bridgitte Madrian, Economics, MIT
Labor Market Effects of Employment-Based Health Insurance

Honorable Mentions

Jiang Lin, Demography, Berkeley
Parity and Security: A Simulation Study of Population Aging, Kinship Network, and Old Age Security in China

Richard Himelfarb, Political Science, University of Rochester
The Catastrophic Politics of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988


1993

Winner

Madonna Meyer, Sociology, Florida State University
Universalism vs. Targeting as a Basis of Social Distribution: Gender, Race and Long Term Care in the United States

Honorable Mentions

Kimberly Rask, Health Care, University of Pennsylvania
Public Insurance Programs

David Cutler, Economics, MIT
Estimating the Effect of Reimbursement Policy on Medical Outcomes