Austin is a health economist, associate professor, and researcher; the creator, co-manager, and a primary author of The Incidental Economist; and a regular contributor to The New York Times’ The Upshot.
He has an educational background in physics and engineering. After receiving his PhD in statistical and applied mathematics he spent four years at a research and consulting firm conducting policy evaluations for federal health agencies.
Austin is now the Director of the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center (PEPReC) at the Boston VA Healthcare System, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He is also an Associate Professor with the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management at Boston University’s School of Public Health. In addition, he is a Visiting Associate Professor with the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at The Leonard Davis Institute, University of Pennsylvania.
Austin serves on the editorial boards of Health Services Research and The American Journal of Managed Care. He is also a member of the AcademyHealth Translation and Dissemination Institute Advisory Committee and the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council.
Austin has authored numerous peer-reviewed, scholarly publications, many relevant to health care financing, economics, and policy. His peer-reviewed papers have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Milbank Quarterly, Health Care Financing Review, Health Affairs, Health Economics, Health Services Research, International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, among other journals.