Christopher Ody
Christopher Ody

Research Assistant Professor of Strategy

Print Overview

Christopher Ody is an applied microeconomist whose research focuses on health-care economics and the industrial organization of the health-care market. He has studied the consequences of horizontal and vertical changes in market structure in a number of health-care sectors, the reactions of nonprofit hospitals to wealth shocks, and the effects of the macroeconomy on health-care spending. Ody holds a PhD in Management and Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management, and a BA in Economics from Haverford College. Prior to attending graduate school he worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Print Vita
PhD , 2012, Management & Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Bachelor of Arts, 2004, Economics, Haverford College

Academic Positions
Research Assistant Professor, Health Enterprise Management Program, Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2012-present
Teaching Assistant, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2008-2011
Teaching Assistant, Economics, Haverford College, 2003-2004

Other Professional Experience
Research Support Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, 2006-2007
Senior Research Assistant, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, 2005-2006
Research Assistant, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, 2004-2005

Print Research
Dranove, David, Cory Capps and Christopher Ody. 2018. The Effect of Hospital Acquisitions of Physician Practices on Prices and Spending. Journal of Health Economics. 59: 139-52.
Dafny, Leemore S., Igal Hendel, Victoria Marone and Christopher Ody. 2017. Narrow Networks On The Health Insurance Marketplaces: Prevalence, Pricing, And The Cost Of Network Breadth. Health Affairs. 36(9): 1606-1614.
Capps, Cory, David Dranove and Christopher Ody. 2017. Physician Practice Consolidation Driven By Small Acquisitions, So Antitrust Agencies Have Few Tools To Intervene. Health Affairs. 36(9): 1556-1563.
Dranove, DavidCraig Garthwaite and Christopher Ody. 2017. How Do Non-Profits Respond to Negative Wealth Shocks? The Impact of the 2008 Stock Market Crash on Hospitals. RAND Journal of Economics. 48(2): 485–525.
Dafny, Leemore S., Christopher Ody and Matthew Schmitt. 2017. When Discounts Raise Costs: The Effect of Copay Coupons on Generic Utilization. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. 9(2): 91-123.
Dafny, Leemore S., Christopher Ody and Matthew Schmitt. 2016. Undermining Value-Based Purchasing: Lessons from the Pharmaceutical Industry. New England Journal of Medicine.
Dranove, DavidCraig Garthwaite and Christopher Ody. 2016. Uncompensated Care Decreased At Hospitals In Medicaid Expansion States But Not At Hospitals In Nonexpansion States. Health Affairs. 35(8): 1471-1479.
Dranove, DavidCraig Garthwaite and Christopher Ody. 2015. Investment Subsidies and the Adoption of Electronic Medical Records in Hospitals. Journal of Health Economics. 44: 309-319.
Dranove, DavidCraig Garthwaite and Christopher Ody. 2015. The Economic Downturn And Its Lingering Effects Reduced Medicare Spending Growth By $4 Billion In 2009-12. Health Affairs. 34(8): 1368-1375.
Dranove, David and Christopher Ody. 2015. Evolving Measures of Provider Market Power. American Journal of Health Economics. 2(2): 145-160.
Dafny, Leemore S., Jonathan Gruber and Christopher Ody. 2015. More Insurers Lower Premiums: Evidence from Initial Pricing in the Health Insurance Marketplaces. American Journal of Health Economics. 1(1): 53-81.
Dranove, DavidCraig Garthwaite and Christopher Ody. 2014. Health Spending Slowdown Is Mostly Due To Economic Factors, Not Structural Change In The Health Care Sector. Health Affairs. 33(8): 1399-1406.
Working Papers
Dranove, DavidChristopher Ody and Amanda Starc. 2018. A Dose of Managed Care: Controlling Drug Spending in Medicaid.
Dranove, David and Christopher Ody. 2016. Employed for Higher Pay? How Medicare Facility Fees Affect Hospital Employment of Physicians.
Dranove, DavidCraig Garthwaite and Christopher Ody. "The Impact of the ACAs Medicaid Expansion on Hospitals Uncompensated Care Burden and the Potential Effects of Repeal." The Commonwealth Fund Issue Brief.
Dranove, DavidCraig Garthwaite and Christopher Ody. "A floor-and-trade proposal to improve the delivery of charity-care services by U.S. nonprofit hospitals." Hamilton Project Discussion Paper.

Print Teaching
Full-Time / Evening & Weekend MBA
Health Economics II (MECS-551-2)
This course will expose students to both seminal and cutting edge research in health economics.The pedagogy includes lecture, student presentations of research papers, and original student projects. Prerequisites: ECON 410-1,2,3 (Microeconomics); ECON 480-1,2,3, (Introduction to Econometrics); MECS 551-1 is required before enrolling in MECS 551-2.