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Helen Levy

Research Associate Professor

University of Michigan

Helen Levy is a research associate professor at the Institute for Social Research, the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, and the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Dr. Levy's research interests include the causes and consequences of lacking health insurance, evaluation of public health insurance programs, and the role of health literacy in explaining disparities in health outcomes. She is a co-Investigator on the Health and Retirement Study, a long-running longitudinal study of health and economic dynamics at older ages. She is currently the recipient of a Career Development Award (K01) from the National Institute on Aging to study health literacy and health disparities among the elderly. In 2010-2011, Levy served as a Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Before coming to the University of Michigan Levy was an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California at Berkeley. She holds a BA from Yale in mathematics and history and a PhD in economics from Princeton University.

Associated Research Projects

UM16-15: Health Reform and Health Insurance Coverage among Early Retirees
UM15-Q2: Racial Differences in the Use of VA Health Services
UM15-12: The Effect of Health Reform on Retirement
UM13-13: Health, Health Care Utilization and Age at Initial Social Security Benefit Claiming
UM09-14: Economic hardship among the elderly: How important is failure to take up public programs?
UM08-Q3: Obstacles to Saving Among Economically Vulnerable Women
UM08-15: How Do Low-Income Families Think about Retirement?
UM07-06: Extra Help: Take-up of the Social Security Administration’s Low-Income Subsidy Program for Part D of Medicare in 2006.
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