NBER Working Papers by Jonathan S. Skinner

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December 2013Is This Time Different? The Slowdown in Healthcare Spending
with Amitabh Chandra, Jonathan Holmes: w19700
August 2013Physician Beliefs and Patient Preferences: A New Look at Regional Variation in Health Care Spending
with David Cutler, Ariel Dora Stern, David Wennberg: w19320
April 2011The Pragmatist’s Guide to Comparative Effectiveness Research
with Amitabh Chandra, Anupam B. Jena: w16990

Published: Amitabh Chandra & Anupam B. Jena & Jonathan S. Skinner, 2011. "The Pragmatist's Guide to Comparative Effectiveness Research," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 25(2), pages 27-46, Spring. citation courtesy of

Technology Growth and Expenditure Growth in Health Care
with Amitabh Chandra: w16953

Published: Amitabh Chandra & Jonathan Skinner, 2012. "Technology Growth and Expenditure Growth in Health Care," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 50(3), pages 645-80, September. citation courtesy of

February 2011Health Care Spending Growth and the Future of U.S. Tax Rates
with Katherine Baicker: w16772


July 2010The Risk of Out-of-Pocket Health Care Expenditure at End of Life
with Samuel Marshall, Kathleen M. McGarry: w16170


May 2009Education and the Prevalence of Pain
with Steven J. Atlas: w14964

Published: Education and the Prevalence of Pain, Steven J. Atlas, Jonathan Skinner. in Research Findings in the Economics of Aging, Wise. 2010

April 2009Technology Diffusion and Productivity Growth in Health Care
with Douglas Staiger: w14865
August 2008Is American Health Care Uniquely Inefficient?
with Alan M. Garber: w14257

Published: Alan M. Garber & Jonathan Skinner, 2008. "Is American Health Care Uniquely Inefficient?," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 22(4), pages 27-50, Fall. citation courtesy of

March 2007Are You Sure You're Saving Enough for Retirement?

Published: Jonathan Skinner, 2007. "Are You Sure You’re Saving Enough for Retirement?," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 21(3), pages 59-80, Summer. citation courtesy of

April 2005Technology Adoption From Hybrid Corn to Beta Blockers
with Douglas Staiger: w11251


  • Culyer, A.J. and J. P. Newhouse (eds.) Handbook of Health Economics. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science, 2000.
  • Jonathan Skinner & Douglas Staiger, 2005. "Technology adoption from hybrid corn to beta blockers," Proceedings, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. citation courtesy of

October 2004The Measurement and Evolution of Health Inequality: Evidence from the U.S. Medicare Population
with Weiping Zhou: w10842
February 2003Geography and Racial Health Disparities
with Amitabh Chandra: w9513

Published: Anderson, Norman B., Rodolfo A. Bulatao, and Barney Cohen (eds). Critical Perspectives: on Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health in Late Life, National Research Council 2004. The National Academies Press: Washington D.C.

December 2001Area Differences in Utilization of Medical Care and Mortality Among U.S. Elderly
with Victor R. Fuchs, Mark McClellan: w8628

Published: Area Differences in Utilization of Medical Care and Mortality among U.S. Elderly , Victor R. Fuchs, Mark B. McClellan, Jonathan S. Skinner. in Perspectives on the Economics of Aging, Wise. 2004

July 2001The Efficiency of Medicare
with Elliott Fisher, John E. Wennberg: w8395

Published: The Efficiency of Medicare, Jonathan S. Skinner, Elliott S. Fisher, John Wennberg. in Analyses in the Economics of Aging, Wise. 2005

April 2001Saving Puzzles and Saving Policies in the United States
with Annamaria Lusardi, Steven Venti: w8237

Published: A Lusardi & J Skinner & S Venti, 2001. "Saving puzzles and saving policies in the United States," Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 17(1), pages 95-115, Spring. citation courtesy of

February 2001Are For-Profit Hospitals Really Different? Medicare Upcoding and Market Structure
with Elaine Silverman: w8133
September 2000Do the Rich Save More?
with Karen E. Dynan, Stephen P. Zeldes: w7906

Published: Dynan, Karen E., Jonathan Skinner and Stephen P. Zeldes. "Do The Rich Save More?," Journal of Political Economy, 2004, v112(2,Apr), 397-444. citation courtesy of

January 1999The Distributional Effects of Medicare
with Julie Lee, Mark McClellan: w6910

Published: The Distributional Effects of Medicare, Julie Lee, Mark McClellan, Jonathan Skinner. in Tax Policy and the Economy, volume 13, Poterba. 1999

July 1998How Will Defined Contribution Pension Plans Affect Retirement Income?
with Andrew A. Samwick: w6645

Published: Samwick, Andrew A. and Jonathan Skinner. "How Will 401(k) Pension Plans Affect Retirement Income?," American Economic Review, 2004, v94(1,Mar), 329-343.

April 1998How Much is Enough? Efficiency and Medicare Spending in the Last Six Months of Life
with John E. Wennberg: w6513

Published: How Much Is Enough? Efficiency and Medicare Spending in the Last Six Months of Life, Jonathan S. Skinner, John Wennberg. in The Changing Hospital Industry: Comparing For-Profit and Not-for-Profit Institutions, Cutler. 2000

October 1997What Accounts for the Variation in Retirement Wealth Among U.S. Households?
with B. Douglas Bernheim, Steven Weinberg: w6227

Published: Bernheim, B. Douglas, Jonathan Skinner and Steven Weinberg. "What Accounts For The Variation In Retirement Wealth Among U.S. Households?," American Economic Review, 2001, v91(4,Sep), 832-857. citation courtesy of

April 1997The Incidence of Medicare
with Mark McClellan: w6013

Published: McClellan, Mark and Jonathan Skinner. "The Incidence Of Medicare," Journal of Public Economics, 2006, v90(1-2,Jan), 257-276. citation courtesy of

November 1996Taxation and Economic Growth
with Eric M. Engen: w5826

Published: National Tax Journal (december 1996) citation courtesy of

July 1996Assessing the Effectiveness of Saving Incentives
with R. Glenn Hubbard: w5686


May 1996Abandoning the Nest Egg? 401(k) Plans and Inadequate Pension Saving
with Andrew A. Samwick: w5568

Published: Public Policy Towards Pensions, Schieber, Sylvester J. and John B. Shoven,eds., Cambridge: MIT Press, 1997, pp. 197-217.

October 1994Precautionary Saving and Social Insurance
with R. Glenn Hubbard, Stephen P. Zeldes: w4884

Published: Journal of Political Economy 103(2), April 1995, pp. 360-399 citation courtesy of

November 1993The Importance of Precautionary Motives in Explaining Individual and Aggregate Saving
with R. Glenn Hubbard, Stephen P. Zeldes: w4516

Published: Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy, 40 (June 1994)pp. 59-126 citation courtesy of

Is Housing Wealth a Sideshow?


December 1992Fiscal Policy and Economic Growth
with Eric M. Engen: w4223

Published: Taxation and Economic Growth, NTJ, Vol. 50, no. 4 (December 1997): 617- 642.

August 1992The Risk and Duration of Catastrophic Health Care Expenditures
with Daniel Feenberg: w4147

Published: The Review of Economics and Statistics, 76(4), Nov. 1994, pp. 633-647 citation courtesy of

December 1991Individual Retirement Accounts: A Review of the Evidence

Published: Tax Notes, 54(2), January 13, 1992, pp.201-212

October 1991Housing and Saving in the United States


September 1990The Dynamic Efficiency Cost of Not taxing Housing

Published: The Journal of Public Economics, 59 (1996) 397-417. citation courtesy of

February 1990The Impact of the 1986 Tax Reform Act on Personal Saving
with Daniel Feenberg: w3257

Published: Slemrod, Joel (ed.) Do Taxes Matter? The Impact of the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1990.

February 1989Housing Wealth and Aggregate Saving


  • Skinner, Jonathan. "Housing Wealth And Aggregate Saving," Regional Science and Urban Economics, 1989, v19(2), 305-324. citation courtesy of
  • Regional Science and Urban Economics, vol. 19, 1989, pp.305-324.

Sources of IRA Saving
with Daniel Feenberg: w2845


August 1987Taxation and Output Growth: Evidence from African Countries
Risky Income, Life Cycle Consumption, and Precautionary Savings

Published: Journal of Monetary Economics, September 1988, vol 22, pp. 237-255. citation courtesy of

June 1986The Welfare Cost of Uncertain Tax Policy

Published: Journal of Public Economics, November 1988, vol. 37, pp. 129-145. citation courtesy of

November 1984The Resolution of the Labor Scarcity Paradox
with John A. James: w1504

Published: James, John A. and Jonathan S. Skinner. "The Resolution of the Labor Scarcity Paradox," Journal of Economic History, Vol. 45, No. 3, (September 1985) pp. 513-540. citation courtesy of

December 1981The Efficiency Gains from Dynamic Tax Reform
with Alan J. Auerbach, Laurence J. Kotlikoff: w0819

Published: Auerbach, Alan J., Laurence J. Kotlikoff and Jonathan Skinner. "The Efficiency Gains from Dynamic Tax Reform." International Economic Review, Vol. 24 , No. 1, (February 1983), pp. 81-100. citation courtesy of

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