The Initiative on Enabling Choice and Competition in Healthcare

The dominant theory in economics for centuries in the Western world has been the free market system, yet the ability of competitive markets to provide quality care has been a central point of recent debate. Extensive government regulation, though well-intentioned, adversely affects the overall health of Americans, inhibits medical innovation, and demands enormous tax-payer investment. The Initiative on Enabling Choice and Competition in Healthcare delivers cutting edge research on the efficiencies of competitiveness in the healthcare sector to demonstrate that free market forces can and do work to provide innovative, equitable, and high-quality care.


Our Vision

To be the leading university-based research center in free-market healthcare, promoting choice and competition to ensure greater access to existing care and new innovations.



Our Mission

To conduct evidence-based research and analyses on market-based choice and competition in the healthcare sector to lead to better-informed policy recommendations.


Upcoming Event

2024 ECCHC Annual Conference: Supply-side Economics in Healthcare
May 3, 2024 | David Rubenstein Forum at The University of Chicago

Working Papers

Difference-in-Differences in the Marketplace

Difference-in-Differences in the Marketplace

Price theory says that the most important effects of policy and technological change are often found beyond their first point of contact. This appears opposed to econometric methods that rule out spillovers of one person’s treatment on another’s outcomes. This paper...

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In the Press

Congratulations to our 2023 Graduates

Including: Giuseppe Di Cera, Lorena Heller and Rolamjaya Hotmartua.


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