Zack Cooper

Zack Cooper
Health Economist, London School of Economics

Columnist Zack Cooper is a health economist working at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. Zack’s work focuses on the impact of competition in hospital and insurance markets, incentive structure and payment system design. More broadly, he is interested in using market forces to create effective incentives within the public sector. Zack’s most recent work has examined the impact of patient choice and provider competition in the English National Health Service. He is currently looking at the impact of hospital and insurance market structure on provider reimbursement rates in the US and launching a project on comparative hospital performance.

In addition to his academic work, Zack has worked as an advisor and speechwriter to several policy-makers and politicians. Zack’s editorials have appeared in a number of leading newspapers, and he is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Zack appears frequently in the popular press, including on the BBC, Sky News, ABC, CBS, and National Public Radio. His research has been cited in the Financial Times, the Times, the Independent, the Washington Post, the Evening Standard, the Economist, the Health Service Journal and the Guardian.

Zack completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and did his masters and Ph.D. at the London School of Economics.

Zack Cooper's Posts

Our (Limited) Policy Toolbox for Slowing Health Care Spending Growth

In my last post, I examined the causes of health care spending growth and discussed the factors that underlie the variation in spending both overtime and across countries. In this post, I want to focus on the broad strategies available to...

Slowing Health Care Spending Is Crucial To Our Fiscal Future

Unless the U.S. can slow the rate of growth in health care spending, we’re going to keep having paralyzing debt debates time and time again.

Learning From a Policy Mishap in the English NHS

The English National Health Service experience illustrates that coming up with the solution is vastly more difficult than identifying the problem and that there is no easy legislative solution.

Will Hospital Cost-Shifting Blunt the Impact of Medicare Payment Reform?

The economics literature has not consistently found that cost shifting exists, and when it is discovered, the rate of shifting tends to be far lower than a dollar for dollar transfer.