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  • Bradley Herring, PhD, joined the University of New Hampshire in the fall of 2020 as the Forrest D. McKerley Professor of Health Economics, with a joint appointment in the Economics Department of the Paul College of Business and Economics and the Health Management and Policy Department in the College of Health and Human Services. His research primarily focuses on several economic and policy issues related to health insurance markets and healthcare reform, including the dynamics of coverage within the employment-based and individual health insurance markets and the effects of health insurance and hospital market concentration. He also devotes a portion of his research on interdisciplinary projects into certain social determinants of health, specifically neighborhood poverty and the food environment. He has published articles in the Journal of Health Economics, New England Journal of Medicine, and JAMA, and his research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NIH's National Cancer Institute, Health and Human Services ASPE, and AHRQ. Dr. Herring previously held faculty appointments in the Schools of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and Emory University. His policy experience includes serving as a Senior Staff Economist with the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers and serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Maryland Health Insurance Plan. He received his PhD from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and completed a two-year RWJF Scholars in Health Policy fellowship at Yale University.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2023 Trends in Episode-of-Care Spending for Cancer-Directed Surgery Among US Medicare Beneficiaries From 2011 to 2019.JAMA Surgery.  158:216-218. 2023
    2023 Using the Moving To Opportunity Experiment to Investigate the Long-Term Impact of Neighborhoods on Healthcare Use by Specific Clinical Conditions and Type of Service.Housing Policy Debate.  33:269-289. 2023
    2020 Association of Chain Restaurant Advertising Spending With Obesity in US Adults.JAMA Netw Open.  3:e2019519. 2020
    2020 Impact of Changes in Chain Restaurant Calories over Time on Obesity Risk.Journal of General Internal Medicine.  35:1743-1750. 2020
    2019 Association of Receipt of a Housing Voucher With Subsequent Hospital Utilization and Spending.JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association.  322:2115-2124. 2019
    2019 Experiment To Decrease Neighborhood Poverty Had Limited Effects On Emergency Department Use.Health Affairs.  38:1442-1450. 2019
    2019 Do health insurance and hospital market concentration influence hospital patients' experience of care?Health Services Research.  54:805-815. 2019
    2019 The effects of global budget payments on hospital utilization in rural Maryland.Health Services Research.  54:526-536. 2019
    2019 Association of a Beverage Tax on Sugar-Sweetened and Artificially Sweetened Beverages With Changes in Beverage Prices and Sales at Chain Retailers in a Large Urban Setting.JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association.  321:1799-1810. 2019
    2019 Measuring Nonprofit Hospitals' Provision of Charity Care Using IRS and CMS Data.Journal of Healthcare Management.  64:293-314. 2019
    2019 Quantifying Overinsurance Tied to the Tax Exclusion for Employment-Based Health Insurance and Its Variation by Health Status.Inquiry.  56:46958019893857. 2019
    2018 Provider-owned insurers in the individual market.American Journal of Managed Care.  24:e393-e398. 2018
    2018 Does Limiting Allowable Rating Variation in the Small Group Health Insurance Market Affect Employer Self-Insurance?Journal of Risk and Insurance.  85:607-633. 2018
    2018 Comparing the Value of Nonprofit Hospitals' Tax Exemption to Their Community Benefits.Inquiry.  55:46958017751970. 2018
    2015 The All-Payer Rate Setting Model for Pricing Medical Services and DrugsAMA journal of ethics.  17:770-775. 2015
    2015 How do health insurer market concentration and bargaining power with hospitals affect health insurance premiums?Journal of Health Economics.  42:104-114. 2015
    2015 The Distributional Effects of the Affordable Care Act’s Cadillac Tax by Worker IncomeAMA journal of ethics.  17:672-679. 2015
    2015 Explaining the Growth in US Health Care Spending Using State-Level Variation in Income, Insurance, and Provider Market Dynamics.Inquiry.  52:0046958015618971. 2015
    2014 Reducing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption by providing caloric information: how Black adolescents alter their purchases and whether the effects persist.American Journal of Public Health.  104:2417-2424. 2014
    2013 Medicaid coverage for weight loss counseling may make 'cents'.Journal of General Internal Medicine.  28:3-5. 2013
    2012 High US Health-Care Spending and the Importance of Provider Payment RatesForum for Health Economics and Policy.  15:1-22. 2012
    2012 Reduction in purchases of sugar-sweetened beverages among low-income Black adolescents after exposure to caloric information.American Journal of Public Health.  102:329-335. 2012
    2012 Medicare beneficiary knowledge of the Part D program and its relationship with voluntary enrollment.Medicare and Medicaid Research Review.  2:mmrr.002.04.a03. 2012
    2011 Using HMOs to serve the Medicaid population: what are the effects on utilization and does the type of HMO matter?Health Economics.  20:446-460. 2011
    2011 An Economic Perspective on the Individual Mandate's Severability from the ACANew England Journal of Medicine.  364:e16-e16. 2011
    2011 What can we expect from the "Cadillac tax" in 2018 and beyond?Inquiry.  48:322-337. 2011
    2010 Health Risk, Income, and Employment-Based Health InsuranceForum for Health Economics and Policy.  13:1-33. 2010
    2010 Suboptimal provision of preventive healthcare due to expected enrollee turnover among private insurers.Health Economics.  19:438-448. 2010
    2010 "Play-or-pay" insurance reforms for employers--confusion and inequity.New England Journal of Medicine.  362:93-95. 2010
    2008 Medicaid HMO penetration and its mix: did increased penetration affect physician participation in urban markets?Health Services Research.  43:363-383. 2008
    2007 The demand for health insurance in the group setting: Can you always get what you want?Journal of Risk and Insurance.  74:115-140. 2007
    2007 Risk pooling and regulation: policy and reality in today's individual health insurance market.Health Affairs.  26:770-779. 2007
    2006 Incentive-compatible guaranteed renewable health insurance premiums.Journal of Health Economics.  25:395-417. 2006
    2006 Information Technology and Consumer Search for Health InsuranceInternational Journal of the Economics of Business.  13:45-63. 2006
    2005 The effect of the availability of charity care to the uninsured on the demand for private health insurance.Journal of Health Economics.  24:225-252. 2005
    2002 Tax Credits, the Distribution of Subsidized Health Insurance Premiums, and the UninsuredForum for Health Economics and Policy.  5:103-122. 2002
    2001 Expanding coverage via tax credits: trade-offs and outcomes.Health Affairs.  20:9-26. 2001
    2001 Premium Variation in the Individual Health Insurance MarketInternational Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics.  1:43-58. 2001
    2000 An efficient employer strategy for dealing with adverse selection in multiple-plan offerings: an MSA example.Journal of Health Economics.  19:513-528. 2000
    2000 What would happen if large firms offered MSAs?Health Affairs.  19:165-172. 2000
    1999 Individual versus job-based health insurance: weighing the pros and cons.Health Affairs.  18:28-44. 1999


    Year Title
    2002 Cutting Taxes for Insuring: Options and Effects of Tax Credits for Health Insurance 2002
    1999 Pooling Health Insurance Risks 1999

    Teaching Activities

  • The U.S. Healthcare System Taught course
  • The U.S. Healthcare System Taught course
  • The U.S. Healthcare System Taught course
  • Theory in Health Economics Taught course
  • IndStdy/US Healthcare System Taught course 2023
  • Top in Econ/Health Economics Taught course 2023
  • The U.S. Healthcare System Taught course 2023
  • The U.S. Healthcare System Taught course 2023
  • The U.S. Healthcare System Taught course 2022
  • The U.S. Healthcare System Taught course 2022
  • The U.S. Healthcare System Taught course 2022
  • The U.S. Healthcare System Taught course 2022
  • Independent Study Taught course 2021
  • Theory in Health Economics Taught course 2021
  • The U.S. Healthcare System Taught course 2021
  • The U.S. Healthcare System Taught course 2021
  • Top/Health Economics Taught course 2021
  • Foundations of US Health Taught course 2021
  • The U.S. Healthcare System Taught course 2021
  • Foundations of US Health Taught course 2020
  • Education And Training

  • B.S.E. Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University
  • Ph.D. Health Care Systems, University of Pennsylvania
  • Full Name

  • Bradley Herring