Rice Economics Fall 2020 Newsletter

News and Views from the Economics Department at Rice
Vivian Ho Elected to National Academy of
Fall 2020


News and Views from the Economics Department at Rice
Greetings to all of our Economics students in Houston and around the world . As we all know too well , this has been a challenging semester like no other . We hope you and your families are coping well and that you are successfully completing your courses – and we thank those of you who are on campus for diligently following Rice ’ s COVID-19 safety protocols .
website , which also has advice on applying to econ grad programs and on doing research in economics and publishing it .
Hoping that the rest of your fall semester goes well ,
George Zodrow Chair , Economics Department
Vivian Ho Elected to National Academy of
10:00 – 11:00 a . m .
James DeNicco , Zoom Link
Congratulations to faculty member Vivian Ho who was recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine ( NAM ) and thus attained one of the highest honors that can be granted to individuals working in the fields of health and medicine . New members are elected to NAM each year by its current members and are chosen to recognize major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences , health care , and public health as well as a commitment to service over their careers . Vivian was recognized by NAM for “ her scholarly work in providing insights on how economic factors and government regulations interact to influence the cost and quality of health care ,” and because , “ Her work has shaped policy on state Certificate of Need regulations , hospital antitrust , and free-standing emergency departments .”
Caught working on her lecture notes for her ongoing and perennially popular ECON 481 class in Health Economics , Vivian observed that , “ Throughout my career , studies conducted by NAM have influenced my thinking on all aspects of health and health care . I am excited to join this vibrant group of scholars who are dedicated to advancing science that delivers improved health and well-being for everyone .”
Advising Corner
Fall 2020 Advising Office Hours
Monday 12:30 – 1:30 p . m . Nina Bobkova , Zoom Link
Tuesday 2:00 – 3:00 p . m . Peter Hartley , Zoom Link
Wednesday 4:00 – 5:00 p . m James Brown , Zoom Link
Thursday 12:00 – 1:00 p . m . Maria Bejan , Zoom Link
In addition to her long-time role as a professor in the Economics Department , Ho is the James A . Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics , the director of the Institute ’ s Center for Health and Biosciences , and a professor in the Department of Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine . Her research has examined a wide variety of critical health issues , including the effects of economic incentives and regulations on the quality and costs of health care , including the effects of the Affordable Care Act on insurance coverage , the costs of and regional variation in cancer treatment , the effects of smoking bans on hospitalization rates , and the effects of shared savings programs for physicians on health care costs . She has published in a wide variety of healthcare and economics journals , and her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health , the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality , the Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute , and the American Cancer Society . She serves on numerous boards and is a founding member of the board of the American Society of Health Economists .