Faculty & Research

Emily Oster

Associate Professor of Economics

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Chicago, IL 60637

Prior to joining Chicago Booth in 2009, Emily Oster was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago and was also a Becker Fellow for the Initiative on Chicago Price Theory at the University of Chicago. Additionally, she currently serves as a Faculty Research Fellow for the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Oster studies health and development economics. She has worked on issues of gender inequality in the developing world, including the impacts of television on women’s status (“The Power of TV: Cable Television and Women's Status in India”) and on HIV in Africa (“HIV and Sexual Behavior Change: Why not Africa?”). Her current work focuses on demand for, and response to, information about medical conditions. Her most recent paper in this area, “Optimal Expectations and Limited Medical Testing: Evidence from Huntington Disease”, explores why individuals at risk for this disease often avoid informative genetic testing.

Earning her B.A. (magna cum laude) in Economics from Harvard College, Oster went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard University before joining the University of Chicago.


With R. Dorsey and I. Shoulson, “Optimal Expectation sand Limited Medical Testing: Evidence from Huntington’s Disease,” American Economic Review (forthcoming).

“HIV and Sexual Behavior Change: Why Not Africa?” Journal of Health Economics (January 2012).

With R. Dorsey et al, “Genetic Adverse Selection in Long Term Care Insurance: Evidence from Huntington Disease,” Journal of Public Economics (December, 2010).

With Robert Jensen, “The Power of TV: Cable Television and Women’s Status in India,” Quarterly Journal of Economics (August 2009).