Profile: Kate Ho
Kate Ho is a research associate in the NBER’s programs on Health Care, Health Economics, and Industrial Organization. She is a professor of economics at Princeton University and co-director of Princeton’s Center for Health and Wellbeing.
Her research focuses on the industrial organization of health care, integrating models of consumer demand with models of bargaining between employers and insurers and between providers and insurers. She has used these models to study a range of issues, including insurance market concentration, cross-market hospital mergers, narrow hospital networks, and physician payment reforms. Her recent work explores health insurance menu design for a large employer. Ho’s research has been recognized with the Frisch Medal from the Econometric Society and the Arrow Award from the International Health Economics Association.
Ho currently serves as the editor of the RAND Journal of Economics and as associate editor of Econometrica. She is a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers and of the program committee for the 2021 annual meeting of the American Economic Association, and a fellow of the Econometric Society.
She earned her BA and MA in mathematics from Cambridge University and her PhD in business economics from Harvard University. She worked as private secretary (chief of staff) to the U.K.’s Minister of State for Health prior to graduate school. She served on the economics faculty at Columbia University before joining the Princeton faculty in 2018.