Department of Markets, Public Policy, and Law
Questrom School of Business
595 Commonwealth Avenue Office 518E
Boston, MA 02215
Email: jetson[at sign]bu.edu
I am an economist studying public economics, health economics and political economy. I am interested in fraud, misreporting and overbilling in public expenditures, particularly in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, as well as the consequences of these behaviors for public spending and patient health outcomes. I am also interested in the detection and deterrence of fraud and corruption, as well as the statistical properties of misreported data.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Economics from Caltech and my Ph.D. in Economics from MIT, where my advisors were Jim Poterba and Ben Olken. In 2019-2020, I was a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow and a Predoctoral Fellow in Health and Aging at the NBER. I am an alumnus of the Stamps Scholars program and REACH Prep.
Works in Progress
Whistleblowers, Private Enforcement, and Medicare Fraud (Job Market Paper).
Media coverage: ProMarket, Mondaq, National Law Review
“Taken for a Ride: The Effect of Medicare Ambulance Fraud on Health Outcomes” (with Jimmy Roberts, Ryan McDevitt, Paul Eliason, and Riley League)
“Strategic Firm Behavior and Patient Consequences in the Medicare Hospice Program” (with Jon Gruber and David Howard)
Measuring Strategic Data Manipulation: Evidence from a World Bank Project (with Jean Ensminger)
Reich, J., Tingley, D., Leder-Luis, J., Roberts, M., Stewart, B. (2015). “Computer-Assisted Reading and Discovery for Student Generated Text in Massive Open Online Courses“, Journal of Learning Analytics, 2 (1), 156-184
Roberts, M., Stewart, B., Tingley, D., Lucas, C., Leder-Luis, J., Gadarian, S., Albertson, B., Rand, D. (2014). “Structural Topic Models for Open-Ended Survey Responses“, American Journal of Political Science, 58 (4), 1064-1082
Contributing Author, Global Anticorruption Blog, 2017-2019. Highlights:
- Rewarding Whistleblowing to Fight Kleptocracy, June 2018
- The Guiding Principle for Anticorruption Policy Should Be Cost-Effectiveness, Not “Zero Tolerance”, September 2018
- Hiding in Plain Sight: How the Federal Elections Commission Can Use Existing Disclosures To Detect Campaign Finance Fraud, October 2018
- Full author profile here