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[Photo: Zack COOPER] Dr Zack COOPER
Associate - Growth
Tel:  07725898597
Email: z.cooper@lse.ac.uk

Yale University
Tel: +001 203 432-3483
Email: zachary.cooper@yale.edu

Expertise: Competition Policy, Health Economics, Incentive Design, Comparative Health Policy

Biography:

Zack Cooper is a health economist working at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. Zack’s work focuses on the impact of competition in hospital and insurance markets, incentive structure and payment system design. More broadly, he is interested in using market forces to create effective incentives within the public sector. Zack’s most recent work has examined the impact of patient choice and provider competition in the English National Health Service. He is currently looking at the impact of hospital and insurance market structure on provider reimbursement rates in the US and launching a project on comparative hospital performance. In addition to his academic work, Zack has worked as an advisor and speechwriter to several policy-makers and politicians. Zack writes regularly for the Huffington Post and he has published op-eds in the Guardian Newspaper. Zack appears frequently in the popular press, including on the BBC, Sky News, ABC, CBS and National Public Radio. Zack’s research has been cited in the Financial Times, the Times, the Independent, the Washington Post, the Evening Standard, the Economist, the Health Service Journal and the Guardian. Zack did his undergraduate work at the University of Chicago and did his Masters and PhD at the London School of Economics. To view Zack’s writing for the Huffington Post, click below: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zack-cooper To view Zack’s writing for the Altarum Health Policy Blog, click below: http://blog.altarum.org/ To view Zack’s writing for the LSE’s Politics and Policy Blog, click below: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/?cat=113

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

Selected Publications:

CEP Publications

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CEP Discussion Paper
The Price Ain't Right? Hospital Prices and Health Spending on the Privately Insured Zack Cooper, Stuart Craig, Martin Gaynor and John Van Reenen
December 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1395:
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JEL Classification: Ill; L10; L11


Tags: healthcare; health spending; hospitals; prices; price dispersion; competition; market structure

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CEP Discussion Paper
Does Competition Improve Public Hospitals' Efficiency? Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment in the English National Health Service Zack Cooper, Stephen Gibbons, Simon Jones and Alistair McGuire February 2012
Paper No' CEPDP1125:
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JEL Classification: C21; I18; L1; R0


Tags: hospital competition; market structure; prospective payment; incentive structure


This paper is an extension of CEP DP 988
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CEP Discussion Paper
Does Hospital Competition Improve Efficiency? An Analysis of the Recent Market-Based Reforms to the English NHS Zack Cooper, Steve Gibbons, Simon Jones and Alistair McGuire
June 2010
Paper No' CEPDP0988:
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JEL Classification: C21; I18; L1; R0


Tags: hospital competition; market structure; prospective payment; incentive structure

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Health: Higher Spending has Improved Quality, But Productivity Must Increase Zack Cooper and Alistair McGuire
April 2010
Paper No' CEPEA009:
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Tags: health; productivity; uk


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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Does Hospital Competition Save Lives? Evidence from the English NHS Patient Choice Reforms Zack Cooper, Steve Gibbons, Simon Jones and Alistair McGuire
January 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0041:
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JEL Classification: I1; L1; R0


Tags: health care; quality; competition; choice; incentives; reimbursement