Paul R. Shafer, PhD

Assistant Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management
Paul Shafer


Dr. Shafer is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health and an investigator at the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at the Boston VA Healthcare System. His research focuses on the effects of the structure and implementation of state and federal health insurance policy on coverage, health care use, and health. His big picture interest is in understanding the effect of social policies and programs on health and well-being. Do they actually work? Are the benefits and costs realized by all? If they don't work or have unintended consequences, can we understand why and propose changes? He is a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar and previously served as a research economist in the Center for Health Policy Science and Tobacco Research at RTI International and a junior fellow in the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He holds a PhD in health policy and management with a concentration in health economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in applied economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a BA in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PhD
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, MA

Classes Taught

  • SPHPM807


  • Published on 11/1/2019

    Ngo-Metzger Q, Zuvekas S, Shafer P, Tracer H, Borsky AE, Bierman AS. Statin Use in the U.S. for Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Remains Suboptimal. J Am Board Fam Med. 2019 Nov-Dec; 32(6):807-817. PMID: 31704749.

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  • Published on 10/27/2019

    Hassmiller Lich K, O'Leary MC, Nambiar S, Townsley RM, Mayorga ME, Hicklin K, Frerichs L, Shafer PR, Davis MM, Wheeler SB. Estimating the impact of insurance expansion on colorectal cancer and related costs in North Carolina: A population-level simulation analysis. Prev Med. 2019 12; 129S:105847. PMID: 31666187.

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  • Published on 10/1/2019

    Anderson D, Shafer P. The Trump Effect: Postinauguration Changes in Marketplace Enrollment. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2019 10 01; 44(5):715-736. PMID: 31199870.

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  • Published on 3/30/2019

    Shafer P. Impact of US Smoke-free Air Laws on Restaurant and Bar Employment, 1990-2015. Nicotine Tob Res. 2019 03 30; 21(4):547-550. PMID: 29309684.

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  • Published on 3/21/2019

    Gertner AK, Rotter JS, Shafer PR. Association Between State Minimum Wages and Suicide Rates in the U.S. Am J Prev Med. 2019 05; 56(5):648-654. PMID: 30905484.

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  • Published on 3/18/2019

    Shafer JS, Shafer PR, Haley KL. Caregivers navigating rehabilitative care for people with aphasia after stroke: a multi-lens perspective. Int J Lang Commun Disord. 2019 07; 54(4):634-644. PMID: 30884057.

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  • Published on 3/1/2019

    Shafer PR, Borsky A, Ngo-Metzger Q, Miller T, Meyers D. The Practice Gap: National Estimates of Screening and Counseling for Alcohol, Tobacco, and Obesity. Ann Fam Med. 2019 03; 17(2):161-163. PMID: 30858260.

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  • Published on 1/21/2019

    Davis MM, Shafer P, Renfro S, Hassmiller Lich K, Shannon J, Coronado GD, McConnell KJ, Wheeler SB. Does a transition to accountable care in Medicaid shift the modality of colorectal cancer testing? BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Jan 21; 19(1):54. PMID: 30665396.

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  • Published on 10/25/2018

    Shafer PR, Fowler EF, Baum L, Gollust SE. Television Advertising and Health Insurance Marketplace Consumer Engagement in Kentucky: A Natural Experiment. J Med Internet Res. 2018 10 25; 20(10):e10872. PMID: 30361198.

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  • Published on 2/1/2018

    Trogdon JG, Shafer P, Lindsay B, Coyne-Beasley T. Impact of introduction of the 9-valent human papillomavirus vaccine on vaccination coverage of youth in North Carolina. Vaccine. 2018 02 28; 36(10):1304-1309. PMID: 29395530.

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