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.

Research Staff

Yier Ling

Yier Ling is the Data Analyst for the Initiative. Prior to joining, she is a student in the MA program of Computational Social Science at UChicago with a concentration in economics. Beyond health economics, her other interests lie in experimental economics and the topic of social identities. Her previous research involved computational methods including Agent-based Modelling (ABM), web-scraping and online experiments, in addition to empirical economic research strategies. Before visiting Chicago, she had academic experiences in the UK and Norway.

Yier likes to skate in the winter and skateboard in the summer. She also likes to visit museums and used to make specimens after her pet beetles naturally passed away. Recently, she acquired the skills to properly walk one very posh corgi of her friend’s.

Ruiquan Chang

Ruiquan Chang is currently a Master of Public Policy’23 student with concentrations in Survey Research and Data Analytics at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Prior to joining UChicago, Ruiquan was graduated from Xi’an Jiatong University in China with a Bachelor of Management and Finance.

As a full-time student now, Ruiquan’s career goal is to work at an international organization, integrating quantitative analysis to provide fact-based strategies for policymaking, and consequently, improve social welfare and social justice. From 2020 to 2021, she worked at CSAM-ESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) as an economic affairs intern, summarizing policies to promote regional sustainable development and climate-smart approaches, and contributing to the research and dissemination of 5 policy briefs and 3 working papers. This summer, she will join the Department of Operational Support, Office of the Assistant Secretary-General at the United Nations Headquarters.

Ruiquan loves traveling around the world and enjoys cross-cultural communication. Originally from China, she has onsite academic and working experience in China, U.S., Italy, Singapore, Thailand, Israel etc., and will continue to seek overseas opportunities in the future.

Giuseppe Di Cera

Giuseppe Di Cera is a Research Assistant to Tomas Philipson for the Initiative on Enabling Choice & Competition. He is a Class of 2024 undergraduate at the University of Chicago majoring in Economics and minoring in Molecular Engineering.

Giuseppe has served as a Research Assistant since May 2021. His analytical contributions have included tracking pharmaceutical drugs in the FDA pipeline, analyzing options prices, studying international regulatory processes on drug approvals, and researching the effects of price controls on medical innovation. Aside from working as a Research Assistant, Giuseppe has held positions at the United States Senate, Capital Innovators, Plutus, and Royal Caribbean Group. He also runs a business in St. Louis called the Student Opportunities Network, where he has partnered with 20+ local businesses to provide up to 300 jobs, internships, and volunteering positions to students in the area.

Outside of school and work, Giuseppe loves spending time with his family, playing & watching soccer, following cryptocurrency markets, and cooking pasta.

Koichi Onogi

Koichi Onogi is a Data Analyst for the Initiative. He is currently in his second year of the MA program of Computational Social Science at the University of Chicago. His research interests are in industrial organization, labor, and public economics. His recent interests are in relationships between industrial structural changes, such as the rise of superstar firms, and their impacts on firm behaviors. Prior to his graduate studies, he had worked at Deloitte, one of the largest global business consulting firms, as a management consultant for three years. He mainly engaged with projects in M&A, reorganization, and global expansion strategy. Koichi enjoys playing sports, such as basketball and soccer, and he likes reading history books in his spare time.

Medha Yadav

Medha Yadav is a Data Analyst for the Initiative. She is currently in her second year of the Master of Science in Analytics (MScA) program at the University of Chicago. Post completing her Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering, she gained 4+ years of widespread industry experience working as senior technology associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), one of the Big 4 audit firms. Her major engagements included solutioning, development and deployment of emerging technologies inclusive of advanced analytics, cloud technologies, SQL and NoSQL database modelling, and ETL development. Outside of work Medha enjoys spending time outdoors, exploring the city, watching movies and cooking.

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