Tomas J. Philipson is a visiting scholar at AEI and the Daniel Levin Chair in the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy as well as an associate member of the department of economics at the University of Chicago. He was a senior health care adviser to the 2008 presidential campaign of John McCain and served in the Bush administration as the senior economic adviser to the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration from 2003 to 2004 and subsequently as the senior economic adviser to the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from 2004 to 2005. Mr. Philipson is an editor of Forum for Health Economics & Policy and is on the editorial board of Health Economics and The European Journal of Health Economics. He has twice been the recipient of the highest honor of his field, the Kenneth Arrow Award from the International Health Economics Association, in 2000 and 2006. Mr. Philipson is the cofounder of Precision Health Economics, is an adviser to the Gerson Lehrman Group, and is a consultant for Compass-Lexecon and Analysis Group.
Research Associate, 1999-present; Faculty Research Fellow, 1996-99, National Bureau of Economic Research
Professor, Harris Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, 1998-present
Faculty Member, 1998-present; Assistant and Associate Professor, 1990-98; Postdoctoral Fellow, 1989, Department of Economics, University of Chicago
Faculty Associate, Center for Poverty Research, University of Chicago, 1996-present
Faculty Associate, Stigler Center, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago, 1995-present
Faculty Member, University of Chicago Law School, 1999-2006
Senior Economic Adviser to the Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2004-2005
Senior Economic Adviser to the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, 2003-2004
Research Fellow, World Bank, 2003
Core Faculty, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, 1995-2002
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Yale University, 1994
Ph.D., M.A., economics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Technological developments have driven the obesity plague, but technological change may also be more successful at reducing obesity than attempts to change people's eating and exercising habits have been.
To reduce spending and more appropriately limit geographic variation in utilization among Medicare beneficiaries, the program should consider the utilization-management techniques employed in the private sector as a model.