Jean Biniek
Health Policy PhD Candidate, Harvard University

Jeannie is a doctoral candidate in health policy at Harvard University concentrating in economics. She is a recipient of the 2017-2018 Jeremy R. Knowles Graduate Student Fellowship and was an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality trainee from 2013 to 2015.

Current Interests

Jeannie’s dissertation work applies the tools of economics and statistics to the study of technology adoption and de-adoption in health care settings. This work is motivated by the consensus that innovations in medical care drive health care spending growth over long periods of time and seeks to understand the role physicians play in the integration of new treatments and procedures into the health care system. She focuses on physician preferences for new technologies and how these preferences change over time and in response to information shocks.


Jeannie holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MA in Applied Economics from The Johns Hopkins University. Prior to entering Harvard, she worked as an economist on the staff of the Senate Budget Committee, where she advised the Chairman on Medicaid, Affordable Care Act implementation, and tax and economic policy issues. She also has experience working in advocacy and community outreach for a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of underserved communities in southern California. In addition, she has worked as a consultant to companies in the health care industry on transfer pricing matters and intellectual property litigation. During the summer of 2014, she worked as a senior health policy adviser for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where she focused on health reform implementation, particularly policies affecting enrollment and eligibility of low-income households in health insurance coverage.

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