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

Research CV Teaching Record

UT Austin

Prof. Geruso's research focuses on developing country health and the regulation of US health insurance markets. In his work on Medicare, he has used publicly available and large-scale administrative datasets to investigate upcoding by physicians and imperfect competition among private Medicare Advantage insurers. His research on sanitation provides the first evidence that that open defecation, practiced by a billion people worldwide, generates large infant mortality externalities. His work has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, and the Economist magazine. His research has been funded by the National Institutes for Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 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

"Does Privatized Health Insurance Benefit Patients or Producers? Evidence from Medicare Advantage" with Marika Cabral and Neale Mahoney. Revision requested, American Economic Review.

    In the News: New York Times, The Economist, Five Thirty Eight

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

"“Selection in Insurance Markets: Policy through the Lenses of Fixed and Endogenous Contracts” with Timothy Layton. Prepared for the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

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


"Neighborhood Sanitation and Infant Mortality" with Dean Spears. Forthcoming, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

"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.