Marion Aouad holds a PhD in Economics from UC Berkeley with a focus in Health Economics. Her work aims to understand and analyze the factors relevant to consumers' decisions for healthcare consumption. She is also interested in how health insurance reforms affect both the supply and demand side of healthcare markets and has worked with policies focused on surgical procedures.

Honors & Awards

  • NIA Training grant, National Institute on Aging (2016-2017)
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation (2013-2016)
  • Best First Year Economics History Paper, Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) (2012)

Professional Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Princeton University (2007)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of California Berkeley (2017)

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All Publications

  • Reference pricing: The case of screening colonoscopies. Journal of health economics Aouad, M., Brown, T. T., Whaley, C. M. 2019; 65: 246?59


    We study the introduction of reference pricing to the California Public Employees' Retirement System. Reference pricing changes the relative price of using a hospital versus an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) for patients receiving a colonoscopy, leading to as good as random variation in patients' use of ASCs. We find a 10 percentage point increase in the share of patients using an ASC, leading to a $2300 to $1700 reduction in prices paid for patients who switch to ASCs. Our results suggest that the use of ASCs has a causal effect on prices paid and has no negative effect on patient health outcomes.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2019.03.002

    View details for PubMedID 31082768

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