Christopher Whaley is a Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation. His research focuses on how information and financial incentives influence patient’s choice of providers, how providers respond to changes in consumer incentives, and insurance benefit design innovations. His research has been published in leading clinical, health policy, and economics journals, including Health Affairs, JAMA, the Journal of Health Economics, and the New England Journal of Medicine. My JAMA paper that examines the effects of online price transparency information was a finalist for the 2015 National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation Annual Health Care Research Award. He also received the 2015 AHRQ Director’s Award for a paper published in JAMA Internal Medicine on the effect of reference pricing on consumer choice of providers for colonoscopy services. His recent work on reference pricing models has been used by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System to design health insurance benefits for its 1.4 million enrollees.
Christopher Whaley is a 2019 grantee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health Data for Action program, managed by AcademyHealth.