James Rebitzer

Peter and Deborah Wexler Professor in Markets, Public Policy & Law

I am the Peter and Deborah Wexler Professor of Management at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.

My research and teaching focus on organizational economics with a special emphasis on behavioral issues in the economics of human resource systems. Much of my recent research concerns organizational issues in the US healthcare system.
I was founding chair of the Markets, Public Policy and Law Department from 2009 through 2018. I am also a professor of economics (by courtesy) in the College of Arts and Sciences Economics Department.

Prior to coming to BU in August 2009, I was the Mannix Professor of Health Care Finance and Economics and also the Chair of the Economics Department at Case’s Weatherhead School of Management. Before arriving at Case in 1998, I was an assistant and associate professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management (1989-1997); and prior to that was an assistant professor in the Economics Department at the University of Texas at Austin (1985-1998).
I am a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

I have published papers in many academic journals including The American Economic Review, The Journal of Political Economy, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Journal of Health Economics, The Journal of Labor Economics, The Journal of Public Economics, Management Science, The Rand Journal of Economics, The Journal of Economics, Behavior and Organizations, The Journal of Economic Perspectives, and the Journal of Economic Literature. Articles about my research have appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

In 2004, I won The Health Care Research Award: from the National Institute of Health Care Management for a paper (joint with Marty Gaynor and Lowell Taylor) “Physician Incentives in HMOs”

In 2012, I won the Kenneth J. Arrow Award for the best paper in health economics (joint with Randall Cebul, Lowell Taylor and Mark Votruba) for “Unhealthy Insurance Markets: Search Frictions and the Cost and Quality of Insurance”

  • PhD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1985
  • Frandsen, B., Powell, M., Rebitzer, J. (In Press). "Sticking Points: Common Agency Problems and Contracting in the U.S. Healthcare System", RAND Journal of Economics, 50 (2), 251-285
  • Rebitzer, J., Chan, D., Frandsen, B., Powell, M. (In Press). "Organizational Economics and the U.S. Healthcare System",
  • Rebitzer, J., Rebitzer, R. (2023). "Patent Buyouts Could Spur Vital Innovation in Antibiotics, Vaccines, and Other Medical Fields", STAT News
  • Rebitzer, J., Rebitzer, R. (2023). "AI Adoption in US Healthcare Won’t Be Easy", Harvard Business Review
  • Rebitzer, J., Rebitzer, R. (2023). "“What the Hospital-at-Home Movement Tells Us About Igniting Innovation in Healthcare", statnews
  • Rebitzer, J., Rebitzer, R. (2023). "Could a Subscription Model Spur Innovation in U.S. Health Care?", Harvard Business Review
  • Rebitzer, J., Agha, L., Ericson, K., Geissler, K. (2022). "Team relationships and performance: Evidence from Healthcare Referral Networks", Management Science
  • Agha, L., Frandsen, B., Rebitzer, J. (2019). "Fragmented Division of Labor and Healthcare Costs: Evidence from Moving Across Regions", Journal of Public Economics, 169 (43466), 144-159
  • Frandsen, B., Rebitzer, J. (2015). "Structuring Incentives within Accountable Care Organizations", Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 31 77-103
  • Frandsen, B., Joynt, K., Rebitzer, J., Jha, A. (2015). "Care Fragmentation, Quality, and Costs Among Chronically Ill Patients", American Journal of Managed Care, 21 (5), 355-355
  • Rebitzer, J. (2011). "Extrinsic Rewards and Intrinsic Motives: Standard and Behavioral Approaches to Agency in Labor Markets", Elsevier
  • Fallick, B., Fleischman, C., Rebitzer, J. (2005). "Job-Hopping in Silicon Valley: Some Evidence Concerning the Micro-Foundation of a High Technology Cluster", Finance and Economics Discussion Series, 2005 (11), 1-27
  • Rebitzer, J. (1999). "Job characteristics, wages, and the employment contract - commentary",
    Research Presentations
  • Rebitzer, J. “Common Agent or Double Agent? Pharmacy Benefit Managers in the Prescription Drug Market,”, MIT, Cambridge MA, 2021
  • Rebitzer, J. Organizational Economics and the U.S. Healthcare System, 2021
    Awards and Honors
  • 2016, Brocher Foundation Visiting Scholar
  • 2013, MBA Professor of the Year Award for Cohort B
  • 2012, 20th Annual Kenneth J Arrow Award for best paper in health economics
  • 2012, Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar