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About The Speaker

Dr. Gollu received his PhD in Economics from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He finished his BA and MA in Economics in Turkey. His main research interest is on economic and health outcomes of public health policies. His recent research focuses on labor supply effects of several policy changes under the Affordable Care Act. He is also interested in other public health topics; one of his studies is on the internet’s effect on patients’ mental health.

About The Speaker

Rodrigo Aranda Balcazar and Koray Caglayan are both graduate students in economics at Tulane University.

Two projects will be discussed:

Brig Walker will discuss his project on how BCBS-LA Accountable Care Organizations impact on costs and quality.

Rui Wang will discuss her project on the Impact of BCBS-LA’s Disease Management programs on healthcare expenditures, ER visits, hospitalization days, and medication adherence.

Abraham Asfaw is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Economics and the Murphy Institute at Tulane University. He graduated with a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Northern Illinois University in 2017. His research interest lies at the intersection of health, labor, and development economics. His recent works examined the long term and the intergenerational human capital effects of early exposure to adverse health shocks and investments in child health inputs. Currently, he is investigating the health care utilization effects of cost-sharing in prescription drug insurances.