Michael Geruso
Asst. Prof. of Economics, University of Texas at Austin
and NBER Faculty Research Fellow

Contact Information
Department of Economics
UT Austin
BRB 1.116, C3100
Austin, Texas 78712
Office: (512) 475-8704
mike.geruso@austin.utexas.edu

Mike Geruso

Research CV Teaching Record

UT Austin
 
Research

Prof. Geruso's healthcare research focuses on selection and payment regulation in US health insurance markets. He has used publicly available and large-scale administrative datasets to investigate upcoding by physicians and insurers, imperfect competition in Medicare Advantage markets, cream skimming by plans in the ACA Marketplaces, and spending and quality differences among competing Medicaid Managed Care plans. Prof. Geruso's developing country research focuses on the environmental determinants of infant health and survival, including poor local sanitation and extreme weather. His work has been published in peer-reviewed outlets including the American Economic Review, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and the Journal of Health Economics and has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and the Economist magazine. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and he is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prof. Geruso holds bachelor's degrees from Virginia Tech and a PhD in Economics from Princeton. He completed postdoctoral work at Harvard prior to joining the University of Texas at Austin. His CV is here.

Working Papers

"Upcoding or Selection? Evidence from Medicare on Squishy Risk Adjustment" with Timothy Layton. Revision requested, Journal of Political Economy.
    In the News: Bloomberg, NPR

"Screening in Contract Design: Evidence from the ACA Health Insurance Exchanges" with Timothy Layton and Daniel Prinz. Revision Requested, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.

"The Impact of Education on Family Formation: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from the UK" with Heather Royer

Publications

"Do Larger Health Insurance Subsidies Benefit Patients or Producers? Evidence from Medicare Advantage" with Marika Cabral and Neale Mahoney. Forthcoming, American Economic Review.

"Selection in Health Insurance Markets and Its Policy Remedies" with Timothy Layton. Forthcoming, Journal of Economic Perspectives.

"Neighborhood Sanitation and Infant Mortality" with Dean Spears. Forthcoming, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.
    In the News: New York Times, The Economist, Five Thirty Eight

"Demand Heterogeneity in Insurance Markets: Implications for Equity and Efficiency" Forthcoming, Quantitative Economics.

"Sanitation, Disease Externalities, and Anemia: Evidence From Nepal" with Diane Coffey and Dean Spears. Forthcoming, The Economic Journal.

"Tradeoffs in the Design of Health Plan Payment Systems: Fit, Power and Balance" with Thomas McGuire. Journal of Health Economics 47 (2016): 1-19.

"Insurance Fraud in the Workplace? Evidence from a Dependent Verification Program" with Harvey Rosen. Journal of Risk and Insurance 82.4 (2015): 921-946.

"Racial Disparities in Life Expectancy: How Much Can the Standard SES Variables Explain?" Demography, Springer, vol. 49(2), pages 553-574. 2012.

Other Writing

"The Many Definitions of Social Security Privatization," The Economists' Voice: Vol. 3: No. 4, 2006. Reprinted in The Economists' Voice: Top Economists Take On Today's Problems. Eds. Joseph Stiglitz, Aaron Edlin, and J. Bradford DeLong. Columbia University Press, 2007, with Don Fullerton.