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Zack Cooper, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), Associate Professor of Economics, and Associate Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies



Zack Cooper is an Associate Professor of Public Health and of Economics and serves as director of Health Policy at the Yale University Institution for Social and Policy Studies. Professor Cooper is a health economist whose work is focused on producing data-driven scholarship that can inform public policy. In his academic work, he has analyzed the impact of competition in hospital and insurance markets, studied the influence of price transparency on consumer behavior, and examined the influence of electoral politics on health care spending growth. Cooper has published his research in leading economics and medical journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the New England Journal of Medicine. He has also presented his research at the White House, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Health and Human Services. The New York Times wrote that his work is “likely to force a rethinking of some conventional wisdom about health care”.

Cooper received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and his PhD from the London School of Economics, where he received the Richard Titmuss prize for Best PhD thesis. He was an Economic and Social Science Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in economics at the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance where he remains a Faculty Associate.

His research on health care spending on the privately insured can be found at:

Education & Training

  • PhD
    London School of Economics (2011)
  • MSc
    London School of Economics (2006)
  • AB
    University of Chicago (2005)

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