Research Corner

We always strive to root all of our reporting in the latest and greatest data about what we know (and don’t know) when it comes to effective health policies. But there’s way more research coming out than we can fit in a weekly show. 

Enter the Research Corner.

Each week, a rotating group of experts analyze new health policy research in our newsletter as part of the Tradeoffs Research Corner. Many (but not all) of those columns are written by the members of the Tradeoffs Research Council (see below), overseen by our Contributing Research Editor Sayeh Nikpay, PhD, MPH. And Sayeh will bring Research Corner to the podcast several times throughout the year.

You can explore our full archive of Research Corner columns and podcast episodes below, and you can get Research Corner delivered to your inbox every week by signing up for our free weekly newsletter. 


Recent Research Corner Columns

A Closer Look at Health Care Jobs and Recessions

Joseph Benitez explores new research showing how economic downturns have historically impacted health care jobs.

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What You Need to Know About the New Surprise Bill Rule

Katie Keith breaks down the newest rule outlining how new federal surprise bill legislation will be enforced.

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Price Hikes Fuel Rising Employer Health Costs

Aditi Sen shares new data from the Health Care Cost Institute on health care spending, utilization and average price trends in the employer-sponsored insurance market.

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How Medicaid Home Care Helps Caregivers Too

Atheendar Venkataramani writes about a pair of studies showing how investment in Medicaid home and community based services benefits caregivers.

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Forms and Phone Calls and Faxes, Oh My! Measuring Patients’ Admin Burden

Ishani Ganguli on new research showing administrative burdens can be as a big a barrier to patient care as high costs.

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Which Comes First: Economic Decline or Hospital Closure?

Maria Polyakova looks at research showing that rural hospital closures may not have as dire economic impacts on their communities as often believed.

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In Memoriam: Remembering David Jones

Sayeh Nikpay, Sarah Gollust and Dori Cross remember David Jones, a Boston University School of Public Health professor who died tragically on September 11, 2021.

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Finally, A Randomized Trial of Mask Wearing

Paul Shafer on the results of a massive randomized trial of masks' impact on the spread of COVID-19.

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2021 Tradeoffs Research Council

Vice President and Director of the Racial Equity and Health Policy Program, Kaiser Family Foundation

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Kentucky

Associate Professor of Health Policy, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital

Associate Research Professor, Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms

Assistant Professor, Center for Health Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine

Herman B. Wells Endowed Professor, Associate Vice Provost for Health Sciences; Indiana University

Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Assistant Professor of Medicine; University of Pennsylvania

Executive DirectorLeonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management, Wharton School; Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine