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Social Policy & Health

Social policy refers to the multifaceted approach taken by any level of government to ensure the material wellbeing of individuals. Research in social policy at SPEA focuses on poverty alleviation, the design of welfare programs, and improved access to housing and education. Health policy research refers to the study of any pathways by which government actions affect health and health care. In SPEA, health policy research focuses on the study of health insurance regulations including the new federal health reform law, the connection between the labor market and health insurance, and the determinants of health.

Faculty Members

Seth Freedman

Assistant Professor

Bradley T. Heim

Associate Professor

Haeil Jung

Assistant Professor

Ashlyn Aiko Nelson

Associate Professor

Mark A. Norrell, FACHE, HFA

Lecturer, Healthcare Administration

Maureen Pirog

Rudy Professor

David Reingold

Professor and Executive Associate Dean for Bloomington

Kosali Simon



Health Economics Workshop

Faculty Research

Study: Voluntary support for public schools has grown, but not enough to offset tax losses

Researchers find students in high-poverty schools are less likely to benefit

Indiana University research: Improving table saw safety is a good investment

Adding automatic safety protection devices to table saws would prevent injuries and, despite the initial cost, save money in the long run, according to a new risk-benefit analysis co-authored by an Indiana University researcher John Graham.

Indiana University journal examines critical health-care law issues

With a key step in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act looming, a journal based at Indiana University is laying out the latest thinking on critical elements of the law known as Obamacare.

IU study: Young adult ACA mandate had remarkable impact on extending parental employer coverage

The number of young adults age 19 to 25 who are covered by their parents' employer-provided health insurance policies increased dramatically with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a study by Indiana University economists.

U.S. middle class prospering more than commonly believed, policy study finds

Long portrayed as stagnant in economic terms, the income growth of the U.S. middle class may be much greater than suggested by economists such as Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, according to a new study.

Study: More than 9 million U.S. adults lost health coverage in recession

An estimated 9.3 million American adults lost health insurance coverage as a result of increased unemployment during the recession of 2007-09, according to a newly published study by researchers at Cornell, Indiana and Carnegie Mellon universities.

Incomplete coverage vs. unexpected costs: Economists point out dilemma in Affordable Care Act

A paper by economists at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Cornell University College of Human Ecology points to the difficult policy trade-offs that the U.S. faces as it implements the health-care reform legislation approved in December 2009.

Indiana nonprofit employment made gains despite recession

"Indiana Nonprofit Employment: 2009 Update" was prepared by Kirsten A. Grønbjerg, professor at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, and by graduate students Kellie McGiverin-Bohan, Jacob Knight, Katherine Novakoski and Virginia Simpson with assistance from Kristen Dmytryk and Jason Simons.

Indiana University report finds IRS revoked tax exemption for one in 10 Hoosier nonprofits

Nearly one in 10 registered Indiana nonprofit organizations lost their tax-exempt status last month for failing to file newly required paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service, according to an analysis led by an Indiana University faculty member and philanthropy expert.

Investigating Employer-Sponsored Insurance Trends in the US

Kosali Simon discussing healthcare reform and investigates employer-sponsored insurance trends in the U.S.

Study: Link between military service and volunteering is complex

It draws on U.S. Census data to examine the frequency of volunteer activities for veterans compared with that of the population at large.

SPEA Professor presents research at national conference

Assistant Professor Ashlyn Nelson’s paper on mortgage delinquency presented at joint research conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Hoosiers trust nonprofits to do what is right

A large majority of Indiana residents trust nonprofit organizations and charities in their communities to do what is right most or just about all the time, according to a new Indiana University survey.