Jetson Leder-Luis

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

Boston University
595 Commonwealth Avenue Office 518E
Boston, MA 02215

Email: jetson[at sign]



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, The Masters School, and REACH Prep.


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

Works in Progress

Can Whistleblowers Root Out Public Expenditure Fraud? Evidence from Medicare.” Media coverage: ProMarket, MondaqNational Law Review

Ambulance Taxis: The Impact of Regulation and Litigation on Health Care Fraud”  (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). Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Accounting Research.


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.