Timothy J. Layton

Assistant Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School

Timothy J. Layton, PhD, is an assistant professor of health care policy in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Dr. Layton’s research focuses on the economics of health insurance markets with a focus on understanding insurer behavior in those markets and designing optimal health plan payment systems. His work has contributed to the understanding of the economics of the Medicare Advantage program, the state and federal Health Insurance Marketplaces, and Medicaid Managed Care. His specific focus has been on adverse selection in health insurance markets and how adverse selection can deteriorate the quality of care individuals receive, and payment policies to combat the types of selection problems typically observed in these markets. His current work focuses largely on the economics of the Medicaid program, with particular focus on program design in general and the shift to private provision of Medicaid benefits via private Medicaid managed care plans in particular. Dr. Layton has presented his work at numerous high profile economics and health policy conferences around the world. Dr. Layton is the recipient of the 2014 and 2017 Mark A. Satterthwaite Award for Outstanding Research in Healthcare Markets from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He has been quoted or cited in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business, NPR, Modern Healthcare, and Politico.