Amitabh Chandra

Adjunct Scholar

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Amitabh Chandra is an economist, a Professor of Public Policy, and Director of Health Policy Research at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. His research focuses on productivity and cost-growth in healthcare and racial disparities in healthcare. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Aging, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and has been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Health Affairs. He is an editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics, Economics Letters, and the American Economic Journal, and was previously an editor at the Journal of Human Resources.

He is the recipient of an Outstanding Teacher Award, the first-prize recipient of the Upjohn Institute's International Dissertation Research Award, the Kenneth Arrow Award for best paper in health economics, and the Eugene Garfield Award for the impact of medical research. In 2012, he was awarded American Society of Health Economists (ASHE) medal. The ASHE Medal is awarded biennially to the economist age 40 or under who has made the most significant contributions to the field of health economics.


  • Professor and Director of Health Policy Research, 2009-present; Assistant Professor, 2005-2009, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Member, Panel of Health Advisors, Congressional Budget Office, 2012-present
  • Editor, Review of Economics and Statistics, 2011-present
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2009-present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, MIT Department of Economics, 2002-2003
  • Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Germany, 2002-present
  • Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College, Department of Economics 2000-2005


M.A., honorary degree, Harvard University

Ph.D, economics, University of Kentucky

B.A., economics, University of Kentucky