Ph.D. Student Profile

Betsy  Cliff

Betsy Cliff, B.A., MS

  • PhD Candidate (2019)
  • Cognate: Economics


  • B.A. (Government), Dartmouth College
  • MS (Journalism), Columbia University

Research Interests & Projects

  • Insurance benefit design
  • Price transparency
  • Consumer decision making

I research topics related to consumer experiences in the medical system, including through benefit design and provider prices. Currently, I am working on projects related to spending and utilization of medical services under innovative benefit designs, provider responses to price transparency initiatives, and an evaluation of cost sharing Michigan's Medicaid program. I have used both quantitative and qualitative methods in my research, though primarily focus on using econometric techniques to identify relevant policy effects.

Selected Publications

Job Market Paper: "Hitting a Bulls-eye?: Evidence of Spillovers in Interventions Targeting Utilization of Evidence-Based Preventive Services"