Jay Bhattacharya 2024 Bradley Prize Recipient

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2024 Bradley Prize Acceptance Speech

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Jay Bhattacharya is a Professor of Health Policy at Stanford University, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economics Research, and a Senior Fellow by courtesy at the Hoover Institution. He directs Stanford’s Center for Demography and Economics of Health and Aging.

Dr. Bhattacharya’s research focuses on the health and well-being of vulnerable populations, emphasizing the role of government programs, biomedical innovation, and economics. Dr. Bhattacharya’s recent research focuses on the epidemiology of covid and an evaluation of policy responses to the epidemic. He is a co-author of the Great Barrington Declaration, a proposed alternative to lockdowns written in October 2020.

Dr. Bhattacharya’s broader research interests encompass the implications of population aging for future population health and medical spending in developed countries, the measurement of physician performance tied to physician payment by insurers, and the role of biomedical innovation on health.

He has published more than 165 articles in top peer-reviewed scientific journals in medicine, economics, health policy, epidemiology, statistics, law, and public health, among other fields. He holds an M.D. and Ph.D. in economics, both earned at Stanford University.