Portrait of Boris Vabson, health economist

Boris Vabson is a research faculty member at Harvard Medical School,  with expertise at the intersection of health care, business, data, and policy. Alongside his academic work, Boris has been involved in a number of leading ventures in the digital health space, as a consultant, advisor, and entrepreneur.

Boris's academic work focuses on health insurance payment systems and markets. His research has been published in top economics journals and covered by major news media outlets, including the NY Times and Bloomberg. His work on Medicare Advantage was named a finalist for the 2019 NIHCM Research Awards, recognizing the most impactful health care research in America. Much of his research examines health care privatization in the context of Medicaid Managed Care and Medicare Advantage, including the efficiency gains produced by privatization, the share of these gains getting passed-through to beneficiaries and governments, and how pass-through is impacted by issues of contracting and competition. His research also examines different elements of health insurance design, including managed care provisions, prior authorization requirements, and cost-sharing imposition.

He received his Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and was also a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at NBER. He received his AB from Dartmouth in Economics and Mathematics.

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