Casey B. Mulligan

Casey B. Mulligan is a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, and has served as Chief Economist for the Council of Economic Advisers in the Trump Administration from September 6, 2018 to August 2019.

He is the author of numerous books, most recently including “You’re Hired!: Untold Successes and Failures of a Populist President” and “Side Effects and Complications: The Economic Consequences of Health Care Reform”

Professor Mulligan has also written numerous opeds and blog entries for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, the Chicago Tribune,, and other blogs and periodicals.

He is affiliated with a number of professional organizations, including the National Bureau of Economic Research, the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, and the Population Research Center. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including those from the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Smith- Richardson Foundation, and the John M. Olin Foundation.

Professor Mulligan received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1993. He has also served as a visiting professor teaching public economics at Harvard University, Clemson University, and Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.

Tomas J. Philipson

Tomas J. Philipson is the Daniel Levin Professor of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. He is an associate member of the Department of Economics and a former senior lecturer at the Law School.

Philipson has served in several public sector positions. He was a member and acting chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers 2017-2020. He served in the second Bush Administration as the senior economic advisor to the head of the Food and Drug Administration and subsequently as the senior economic advisor to the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He served as a health care advisor to Senator John McCain during his campaign for President of the United States. He was appointed by the Speaker of the US House of Representatives to the Key Indicator Commission created by the Affordable Care Act. He has served as a scientific advisor to Congress on the 21st Century Cures legislation and on the steering committee of Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moon Shot Initiative.

Philipson is a founding editor of the journal Forums for Health Economics & Policy of Berkeley Electronic Press and has been on the editorial board of the journal Health Economics and The European Journal of Health Economics. His research has been published widely in all leading academic journals of economics such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Health Economics, Health Affairs, and Econometrica. He is a monthly op-ed contributor for Forbes magazine and frequently appears in numerous popular media outlets such as CNN, CBS, FOX News, Bloomberg TV, National Public Radio, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, The Economist, Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, and USA Today and is a frequent keynote speaker at many domestic and international health care events and conferences.

Philipson is a fellow, board member, or associate of a number of other organizations outside the University of Chicago, including the National Bureau of Economic Research, the American Enterprise Institute, the Manhattan Institute (where he was chairman of Project FDA), the Heartland Institute, the Milken Institute, the RAND Corporation, and the USC Shaeffer Center for Health Economics and Policy. At the University of Chicago, he is affiliated with the John M. Olin Program of Law & Economics, the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, the Population Research Center, and NORC. He has served on the University-wide Council on Research and on the Advisory Committee to the University’s Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer.

He received his MA and PhD in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a visiting faculty member at Yale University and a visiting senior fellow at the World Bank.

Jennifer Manor

Jennifer Manor is the acting Associate Director for the Initiative on Enabling Choice and Competition and has been instrumental in it’s inaugural launch in 2019.

She also serves as the Associate Director of the Program on Foundational Research in Health Care Markets under the Becker Friedman Institute. She has large-scale project management experience and a passion for public health policy. In her capacity as the program’s Senior Associate Director, she has been able to collaborate with academic health economists and university administrators across campus and other institutions to advance foundational research on health care markets and policies.

Before transitioning to her current position, Jennifer held various roles in the Office of Research at the University. She was the Project Manager and Strategist of Board Relations, Logistics, and Events for the National Laboratories. She was responsible for the development and execution of board meetings, programmatic reviews, and the overall activities related to the Argonne National Laboratory Board of Governors and the Fermi National Laboratory Board of Directors. In this role, she worked with the Assistant Vice President for National Laboratories to develop the strategy for the respective boards and support the development of the broader organizational National Laboratory strategic planning process.

Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Troy Durie

Troy Durie is a Data Analyst for the Initiative on Enabling Choice & Competition. Troy returns to the University of Chicago after graduating with a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in Quantitative Methods of Social Analysis in 2019.

From 2019 to 2020, Troy served as a Staff Economist on the Council of Economic Advisers. His work primarily revolved around trade policy, domestic and international macroeconomic policy, and the economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He contributed analysis to the “Economic Report of the President” and other research reports produced by the Council. He also holds a B.A. in Economics from Carthage College where he played lacrosse.

Originally from California, Troy’s hobbies include most sports and other outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and swimming. He is planning on running his first marathon in 2021.

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