Ben Handel

Assistant Professor
Fields: Industrial organization, health economics, applied microeconomics, information economics
Research Interests: behavioral economics
Short Biography

Ben Handel received his Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University in 2010, after receiving in A.B. in economics at Princeton in 2004. He is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at Berkeley and is expected to join the economics faculty at Berkeley as an Assistant Professor of Economics once he leaves that program.Ben's research focuses on the link between consumer choice foundations, firm behavior, and market regulation. His recent work studies these phenomena in the context of health insurance markets and health care provider markets. In addition to his specific interest in health care markets, Ben has a general interest in firm competition and regulatory policy in environments with substantial barriers to decision making, characterized by choice frictions or choice inadequacy.

Current Research:
Effect of choice frictions on market outcomes; health insurance markets; health care provider markets; contracts and incentives; organizational economics; decision-making under uncertainty; applied game theory; econometrics
Current Status: Teaching
Office: 521 Evans
Phone: (510) 643-0708