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

The Role of Mental Shortcuts in the Delivery Room

Bapu Jena looks a new research on how doctors use quick mental shortcuts to decide how to deliver babies after complicated births.

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Saving Money on Cancer Care Is Hard

Stacie Dusetzina shares new research on the results of one of the largest efforts ever to improve care and control costs for cancer patients.

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The Role of Public Opinion in Mental Health Care

Maria Polyakova shares new research on why a community's attitude toward mental health treatment could be even more important than how many providers it has.

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A Lot of Kids Lost Parents and Caregivers to COVID-19

Samantha Artiga shares new research estimating the staggering number of kids who have lost a parent or caregiver to COVID-19.

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Has Medicaid Managed Care Delivered On Its Promise?

Letting private insurers offer Medicaid coverage was supposed to lower costs and improve care. Did it work?

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The Big Impact of Little Barriers to Public Benefits

Paul Shafer on research showing how big a difference it makes when states make it easier or harder to access benefits.

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The Link Between Depression and Infant Health

Neel Shah writes about a new meta-analysis of studies connecting depression in pregnant people to adverse birth outcomes.

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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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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