Jay Bhattacharya

Adjunct Scholar

Jay Bhattacharya is an associate professor of medicine and a CHP/PCOR core faculty member at Stanford University. His research focuses on the constraints that vulnerable populations face in making decisions that affect their health status, as well as the effects of government programs designed to benefit vulnerable populations. He has published empirical economics and health services research on the elderly, adolescents, HIV/AIDS and managed care. Most recently, he has researched the regulation of the viatical-settlements market (a secondary life-insurance market that often targets HIV patients) and summer/winter differences in nutritional outcomes for low-income American families. He is also working on a project examining the labor-market conditions that help determine why some U.S. employers do not provide health insurance.

He worked for three years as an economist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, Calif., where he also taught health economics as a visiting assistant professor at the University of California-Los Angeles.


  • Associate Professor, Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR), Stanford University School of Medicine, 2008-present
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2009-present
  • Research Associate, Acumen LLC, 2007-present
  • Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 2006-present
  • Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2002-2009
  • Assistant Professor, PCOR, Stanford University School of Medicine, 2001-2008
  • Associate Economist, RAND Corporation, 1998-2001
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, UCLA Department of Economics, 1998-2001


Ph.D., economics, Stanford University

M.D., Stanford University

M.A., M.B., economics, Stanford University