Joseph Newhouse, PhD

Dr. Newhouse is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard University, Director of the Division of Health Policy Research and Education, chair of the Committee on Higher Degrees in Health Policy, and Director of the Interfaculty Initiative in Health Policy.  He is a member of the faculties of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as well as a Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Harvard University. Following his Bachelors degree, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany. Dr. Newhouse spent the first twenty years of his career at RAND, where he designed and directed the RAND Health Insurance Experiment, which studied the consequences of different ways of financing medical services.  From 1981 to 1985 he was Head of the RAND Economics Department.

In 1981 he became the founding editor of the Journal of Health Economics. He is a current member of the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine and a past member of the editorial board of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1977 and has served two terms on its governing Council; in 2009 he won the Adam Yarmolinsky Award for meritorious service to the IOM. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a past President of the Association for Health Services Research (AHSR), now AcademyHealth, and of the International Health Economics Association and was the inaugural President of the American Society of Health Economists. He is a member of the CBO Board of Health Advisers and the Comptroller General’s Advisory Committee. He has served as the vice-chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which reviews Medicare payment policy and makes recommendations to the Congress.  This Commission resulted from the 1997 merger of two predecessor commissions, the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission and the Physician Payment Review Commission. Newhouse chaired the former Commission and served as a Commissioner on the latter. He currently serves on the Committee on National Statistics and on the Science, Technology, and Economic Policy boards of the National Research Council. He served as a regent of the National Library of Medicine from 1999 to 2003. He is a director of Aetna, Abt Associates, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

He was the first recipient of the David N. Kershaw Award and Prize of the Association for Public Policy and Management in 1983, which honors persons under 40 who have made a distinguished contribution to the field of public policy analysis and management. In 1988 he received the Baxter Health Services Research Prize for an unusually significant contribution to the improved medical care of the public through innovative health services research, as well as the Administrator’s Citation from the Health Care Financing Administration.  He and his co-authors received the Article-of-the-Year Award in 1989 from AHSR and again in 2006 from AcademyHealth and ISPOR, and in 1992 he received AHSR’s Distinguished Investigator Award.  In 1995 he received the Hans Sigrist Foundation Prize for distinguished scientific achievement, as well as the American Risk and Insurance Association’s Elizur Wright Award for a contribution to the risk management and insurance literature for Free for All?. In 1997 he gave the Walras-Pareto Lectures in Lausanne.  In 2000 he and his co-authors received the first Zvi Griliches award for Are Medical Prices Declining? and he gave the Chung Hua Lectures in Taipei. In 2001 he and his co-authors won the Kenneth J. Arrow Award for How Does Managed Care Do It?, and in 2003 he won the Paul A. Samuelson Certificate of Excellence from TIAA-CREF for Pricing the Priceless.   

Honors and Awards

Alfred P. Sloan National Scholar (Harvard College)

Phi Beta Kappa

Fulbright Scholar, 1963-1964

Woodrow Wilson Honorary Scholar, 1964-1968

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1964-1966

Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, elected 1977

Keynote speaker, First World Congress on Health Economics, Leiden, 1980

The David N. Kershaw Award and Prize of the Association of Public Policy and Management, 1983, for a distinguished contribution to the field of public policy and management made while under 40 (first recipient)

Who’s Who in Economics, 1st edition (the 640 most cited living economists from 1970‑1980); 2nd edition (the 1,280 most cited living economists from 1972‑1982); 3rd edition (the 1,000 most cited living economists from 1982-1992); 4th edition (the 1,000 most cited living economists from 1990-2000).

Who’s Who in America

Sierra Foundation Distinguished Lecturer, University of Southern California, 1986 (first lecturer)

The Baxter Health Services Research Prize, 1988, for an unusually significant contribution to the improved medical care of the public through innovative health services research

The Health Care Financing Administrator’s Citation, 1988, the Agency’s highest award to an individual who has made a significant contribution to its operations

Association for Health Services Research Article-of-the-Year Award, 1989 (for “The Taxes of Sin: Do Smokers and Drinkers Pay their Way?” shared with four co-authors)

Keynote speaker, Second World Congress on Health Economics, Zurich, 1990

Keynote speaker, First National Health Summit, Sydney, Australia, 1991

Elected to the governing Council of the Institute of Medicine, 1991-1994 and 1994-1997 (Executive Committee, 1993-1997; National Academy of Sciences Finance Committee, 1993- 1997)

Distinguished Investigator Award, Association for Health Services Research, 1992

President, Association of Health Services Research, 1993-1994 (Board of Directors, 1991-1999)

Carl Taube Memorial Lecturer, National Institute of Mental Health, 1994

Distinguished Fellow of the Association of Health Services Research (initial group of fellows, 1995)

Academic Geriatric Research Center Distinguished Professor for 1994-1995, University of California, Los Angeles, January 1995

Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, elected 1995

Hans Sigrist Foundation Prize, for distinguished scientific achievement, Bern, Switzerland, 1995

Elizur Wright Award from the American Insurance and Risk Association for Free for All? Lessons from the RAND Health Insurance Experiment, 1995

Association for Health Services Research, Article-of-the-Year, Honorable Mention, 1995 (for “Does More Intensive Treatment of Acute Myocardial Infarction Reduce Mortality?” shared with two co-authors)

American Economics Association, Representative to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1995-2000

Alex G. McKenna Lecturer, Center for Economic and Policy Education, St. Vincent’s College, November 1995

President, International Health Economics Association, 1996-1998

George Zuidema Lecturer, University of Michigan, March 1996

Cornelson Distinguished Lecturer in Economics, Davidson College, March 1996

Elected Member-at-large, Section Committee on the Social, Economic, and Political Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1997-2001

Keynote speaker, 25th anniversary meeting of the Health Economics Study Group; York, England, 1997

Distinguished speaker, 10th anniversary meeting of the Portugese Health Economics Association, Evora, Portugal, October, 1997

Walras-Pareto Lecturer, University of Lausanne, November, 1997

Distinguished speaker, 25th anniversary meeting of the Spanish Health Economics Association (Asociacion de Economia de la Salud), Vitoria, Spain, May, 1998

Massachusetts Health Data Consortium’s Investing in Information Award, for the Massachusetts Health Quality Partnership’s Statewide Patient Survey Project, 1999.  Also the Quigley Innovation award for the same project, 1999

Society of General Internal Medicine, runner-up award for article of the year, 1999 (for “Costs of Medical Injuries in Utah and Colorado in 1992,” shared with six co-authors)

Zvi Griliches Award, for the best empirical article in the Quarterly Journal of Economics in the past four years (for “Are Medical Prices Declining?”), 2000 (shared with three co-authors).

Commencement Speaker, University of Lausanne Health Policy Program, May 2000.

Chung Hua Lecturer, Academia Sinica, Republic of China, December 2000.

Distinguished Speaker, 39th Economics Winter Institute, St. Cloud State University, February, 2001.

Kenneth J. Arrow Award for the best article in health economics published in 2000 (for “How Does Managed Care Do It?”), 2001 (shared with two co-authors).

Albert P. Williams Memorial Lecture, RAND, October, 2001 (first lecturer).

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2002.

Invited plenary lecture, “Reimbursing for Health Care Services,” Journées d’Économie Publique in honor of Louis Andre Gerard Varet, Marseilles, 2003.

Ranked 133rd among 54,000 living economists, 2003; see (http://student.ulb.ac.be/~tcoupe/update/top1000c.pdf).

Paul A. Samuleson Certificate of Excellence from TIAA-CREF, 2003 (for Pricing the Priceless) (http://www.tiaa-crefinstitute.org/Awards/2003cert.htm).

Inaugural President, American Society of Health Economists, 2004-2006.

ISI Highly Cited Researcher. From ISIHighlyCited.com.  Being acknowledged by Thomson Reuters as a Highly Cited Researcher means that an individual is among the 250 most-cited researchers in 21 broad subject categories in life sciences, medicine, physical sciences, engineering and social sciences. These individuals are the most highly cited within each category, and comprise less than one-half of one percent of all publishing researchers.

Harriet Elliott Lecture, “Long-Term Financing of Medicare,” University of North Carolina - Greensboro, April 18, 2005.

Article-of-the-Year Award, 2007, AcademyHealth; International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (for “Medicare Drug Benefit Caps: Unintended Consequences”).

Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2009.

Adam Yarmolinsky Award, from the Institute of Medicine to recognize distinguished service by a member who, over a significant period of time, has contributed in multiple ways to the IOM’s mission, 2009.

John Eisenberg Legacy Lecture, organized by the Philip R. Lee Institute of Health Policy Studies at UCSF, the Center for Health Policy/Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research at Stanford University, and the Center for Health Research at the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley, May 17, 2010.

Finalist for article of the year, National Institute of Health Care Management, 2010 (one of 5 papers selected), for “The Impact of the Medicare Part D Drug Benefit on Pharmacy and Medical Care Spending” and also in 2013 for “The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment”)

AcademyHealth Health Services Research Impact Award, 2013 for an article published in 2012 that had a significant impact on health or health care (for “The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment: Evidence from the First Year”) (shared with seven co-authors).

Kenneth J. Arrow Award for the best article in health economics published in 2012 (for “The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment: Evidence from the First Year”), 2013 (shared with seven co-authors).