Jetson Leder-Luis

Assistant Professor
Department of Markets, Public Policy, and Law
Boston University, Questrom School of Business

Faculty Research Fellow
National Bureau of Economic Research





You can view my CV here and my Google Scholar profile here.


Ph.D., Economics, MIT 2020. Advisors:  Jim Poterba and Ben Olken.

B.S., Applied and Computational Mathematics and Economics, Caltech 2014


I am an economist studying public economics, health economics and political economy. My research addresses 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 am an alumnus of MIT, Caltech, the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, the Stamps Scholars program, The Masters School, and REACH Prep.

Working Papers

Can Whistleblowers Root Out Public Expenditure Fraud? Evidence from Medicare.” Revise and Resubmit, Review of Economics and Statistics. Media coverage: ProMarket, MondaqNational Law Review

Detecting Fraud in Development Aid(with Jean Ensminger).

Ambulance Taxis: The Impact of Regulation and Litigation on Health Care Fraud”  (with Jimmy Roberts, Ryan McDevitt, Paul Eliason, and Riley League), NBER Working Paper #29491, November 2021.

Works in Progress

Dying or Lying? For-Profit Hospices and End of Life Care” (with Jon Gruber, David Howard and Theo Caputi)

“When Should Governments Audit?” (with Silvia Vannutelli and Martina Cuneo)

“Auctions as Antifraud” (with Jimmy Roberts, Ryan McDevitt, Paul Eliason, and Riley League)

“Detecting & Analyzing Anomalies in Massive Medicare Claims Data” (with Leman Akoglu and Shubhranshu Shekhar)


Angrist, J., Lavy, V., Leder-Luis, J., Shany, A. (2019). “Maimonides Rule Redux“, American Economic Review: Insights, 1 (3), 309-324.
Originally released NBER working paper 23486 
Online Appendix

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

Other Writing

“Trillions in infrastructure spending could mean hundreds of billions in fraud,” (2021)
MarketWatch,  TheConversation

Contributing Author, Global Anticorruption Blog, Harvard Law School, 2017-2019.