Jonathan Gruber

Leading Health Economist

A deep understanding of the changes in healthcare,
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Jonathan Gruber is the premier health economist in America. He is Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught since 1992. He is also the Director of the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he is a Research Associate, and the incoming President of the American Society of Health Economists. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Social Insurance.

During the 1997-1998 academic year, Dr. Gruber was on leave as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Treasury Department. He was a key architect of Massachusetts’ ambitious health reform effort under Mitt Romney, and in 2006 became an inaugural member of the Health Connector Board, the main implementing body for that effort. He was a principal architect of Massachusetts' landmark reforms. During the 2008 campaign he was a consultant to the Clinton, Edwards and Obama Presidential campaigns and was called by the Washington Post, "possibly the [Democratic] party's most influential health-care expert." During 2009-2010 he served as a technical consultant to the Obama Administration and worked with both the Administration and Congress to help craft the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In 2011 he was named “One of the Top 25 Most Innovative and Practical Thinkers of Our Time” by Slate Magazine. In both 2006 and 2012 he was rated as one of the top 100 most powerful people in health care in the United States by Modern Healthcare Magazine.

Dr. Gruber received his B.S. in Economics from MIT, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard. He has received an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, a FIRST award from the National Institute on Aging, and was one of 15 scientists nationwide to receive the Presidential Faculty Fellow Award from the National Science Foundation in 1995. In 2006 he received the American Society of Health Economists Inaugural Medal for the best health economist in the nation aged 40 and under. Dr. Gruber's research focuses on the areas of public finance and health economics. He has published more than 160 research articles, has edited six research volumes, and is the author of Public Finance and Public Policy, a leading undergraduate text.

His book, Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works, is an innovative and accessible graphic treatment of the ACA and a powerful argument for the individual mandate.

Jonathan Gruber's talks bring to bear a unique mix or academic expertise and policy insights. His talks focus on the changing landscape of health care in the U.S., both in terms of the changes brought about by the ACA, and the critical long run problem of controlling health care costs. He has a particular focus on consumer engagement in health care: how do we encourage patients to consume health care intelligently, and what are the key new developments in consumer engagement? He can also provide a realistic perspective on the promise and pitfalls of current efforts to control costs while discussing which cost control efforts hold the most promise for the future.


Health Care Reform

What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works

Jonathan Gruber and Nathan Schreiber

You won’t have to worry about going broke if you get sick.

We will start to bring the costs of health care under control.

And we will do all this while reducing the federal deficit.

That is the promise of the Affordable Care Act. But from the moment President Obama signed the bill into law in 2010, a steady and mounting avalanche of misinformation about the ACA has left a growing majority of Americans confused about what it is, why it’s necessary, and how it works. If you’re one of them, buy this book. From how to tame the twin threats of rising costs and the increasing number of uninsured to why an insurance mandate is good for your health, Health Care Reform dispels false fears by arming you with facts.

Hill and Wang; 1 edition (December 20, 2011)


"Jonathan Gruber, one of the country’s smartest health care minds, has brought the epic struggle of health reform to life. By explaining the challenges in our health care system as well as the benefits of the reform with imagination and verve, he accomplishes what many have tried and failed to do — he makes the case for health reform as an important achievement for the American people."
— Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress

"Having spent years working to make health care work for Americans, Jonathan Gruber has now provided another service: walking everyone through the benefits of the Affordable Care Act reforms so consumers are armed with accessible information. In an age when information is power, Gruber’s book is fun and informative, and it boils down the facts of health care reform for all Americans."
— Senator John Kerry

"If you want to learn about health care reform, you can do no better than to learn from the master. Jonathan Gruber shows how health care reform works in a way that everyone can understand. Read this book. You will not regret it."
— David Cutler, Professor, Department of Economics and Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

"Jonathan Gruber’s straightforward explanation of what the Affordable Care Act does and why will help people understand what’s true and what’s false about the health reform law. His message is clear and easy to get: when it comes to health care, we’re all in it together; and, together, we will benefit from making the Affordable Care Act a success."
— Judy Feder, Professor and former Dean, Georgetown Public Policy Institute

Public Finance and Public Policy

Jonathan Gruber

When it first appeared, Jonathan Gruber’s Public Finance and Public Policy was the first textbook to truly reflect the way public finance issues were evaluated, implemented, and researched in the real world today. Like no other text available, it enhanced its survey of essential, traditional topics with an emphasis on empirical work and coverage of transfer programs and social insurance. Coming in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the presidential election, the 2009 stimulus package, and ongoing debates over financial reform and health care reform — Gruber is the author of Massachusetts’ universal coverage plan — the new edition couldn’t be more timely.

Thoroughly updated, Public Finance and Public Policy, Third Edition brings students up to date on the important debates that are dominating today’s policymaking, giving them the basic tools they need to understand fundamental public finance issues now and in the future.

Worth Publishers; Third Edition edition (December 29, 2009)


Jonathan tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest his range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.

Health Care Reform


Health Care Reform


A financial summit:
Dr. Gruber was phenomenal.

A university lecture series:
He completely wowed the crowd. It was a packed house — with lots of students on a Friday night! — we turned away a lot of people and since the weekend I'm getting lots of requests for the video link. It was a great Q&A, people LOVED him, we sold every book we had available…it was a really fantastic night.