The Jane Austen of insurance economics papers has won a “MacArthur genius grant.”
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation last week gave a $625,000, “no strings attached” grant to Amy Finkelstein, an economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Finkelstein, who is 44, has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a doctorate from MIT.
The MacArthur Foundation, which is based in Chicago, says it gave a fellowship to Finkelstein because of her work on ”investigating the ways in which health care policy affects health, health care, and well-being.”
The foundation notes, for example, that Finkelstein has shown that well-intentioned health benefits programs can have unintended consequences.