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Lauren Nicholas

Assistant Professor

Johns Hopkins University

Lauren Nicholas is a Faculty Research Fellow in the Survey Research Center and a Faculty Affiliate in the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan.  Nicholas is a health economist whose research focuses on the role of public policy in improving health care quality, health and retirement outcomes for the elderly population.  She is currently using linked survey and administrative data to study the effects of health care treatment intensity on health and non-health outcomes amongst older adults.

Nicholas received her Ph.D. in 2008 from Columbia University.  She was awarded the John Heinz award from the National Academy of Social Insurance for her dissertation, which examined the quality and cost effects of the Medicare Advantage program.  She received a master of public policy from the George Washington University.  Her work has been supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the National Institute on Aging and the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 


Associated Research Projects

UM13-13: Health, Health Care Utilization and Age at Initial Social Security Benefit Claiming
UM11-04: Health Insurance, Health Care and Labor Supply by Older Adults
UM11-02: A Causal Model of the Effect of Employer Accommodation on the Timing of Application for Social Security Disability Insurance Following the Onset of a Disability: Evidence from Employment Protection Laws
UM10-20: Cognitive Skills, Numeracy and Retiree Health Care Expenditure