Paul Shafer, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Health Law, Policy & Management

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

Pronouns: he/him/his

Dr. Shafer is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health, co-director of the Boston University Medicaid Policy Lab, and affiliate faculty of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. His research focuses on the effects of state and federal health insurance policy on coverage, health care use, and health equity. He is also an investigator at the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at the VA Boston Healthcare System, where his research focuses on veterans' access to care. His big picture interest is in understanding the effect of health and social policies on health and well-being. Do they actually work and are the benefits distributed equitably? If they don't work or have unintended consequences, can we understand why and propose changes?

He previously served as a research economist in the Center for Health Policy Science and Tobacco Research at RTI International and junior fellow in the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He is a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar, which amplified his commitment to policy-engaged scholarship and research translation. 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.

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  1. Shafer PR, Gutiérrez KM, Ettinger de Cuba S, Bovell-Ammon A, Raifman J. Association of the Implementation of Child Tax Credit Advance Payments With Food Insufficiency in US Households. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 01 04; 5(1):e2143296.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35024837; PMCID: PMC8759005; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.43296;
  2. Horný M, Shafer PR, Dusetzina SB. Concordance of Disclosed Hospital Prices With Total Reimbursements for Hospital-Based Care Among Commercially Insured Patients in the US. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 12 01; 4(12):e2137390. PMID: 34902037; PMCID: PMC8669520; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.37390;
  3. Wright B, Anderson D, Whitaker R, Shrader P, Bettger JP, Wong C, Shafer P. Comparing health care use and costs among new Medicaid enrollees before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021 Oct 25; 21(1):1152. PMID: 34696801; PMCID: PMC8544632; DOI: 10.1186/s12913-021-07027-6;
  4. Shafer PR. Expanded unemployment benefits and their implications for health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Serv Res. 2022 02; 57(1):12-14. PMID: 34585742; PMCID: PMC8652454; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.13881;
  5. Shafer PR, Anderson DM, Whitaker R, Wong CA, Wright B. Association Of Unemployment With Medicaid Enrollment By Social Vulnerability In North Carolina During COVID-19. Health Aff (Millwood). 2021 09; 40(9):1491-1500. PMID: 34495714; DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.2021.00377;
  6. Auty SG, Shafer PR, Dusetzina SB, Griffith KN. Association of Medicaid Managed Care Drug Carve Outs With Hepatitis C Virus Prescription Use. JAMA Health Forum. 2021; 2(8):e212285. View Publication
  7. Auty SG, Shafer PR, Griffith KN. Medicaid Subscription-Based Payment Models and Implications for Access to Hepatitis C Medications. JAMA Health Forum. 2021; 2(8):e212291. View Publication
  8. Shafer PR, Anderson DM, Baum LM, Fowler EF, Gollust SE. Changes in Marketplace competition and television advertising by insurers. Am J Manag Care. 2021 08; 27(8):323-328. PMID: 34460174
  9. Hoagland A, Shafer P. Out-of-pocket costs for preventive care persist almost a decade after the Affordable Care Act. Prev Med. 2021 09; 150:106690. PMID: 34144061; DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106690;
  10. Shafer PR, Garrido MM, Pearson E, Palani S, Woodruff A, Lyn AM, Williams KM, Kirsh SR, Pizer SD. Design and implementation of a cluster randomized trial measuring benefits of medical scribes in the VA. Contemp Clin Trials. 2021 07; 106:106455.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34048944; PMCID: PMC8319919; DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2021.106455;
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2022 Boston University: TEACH Award
2022 Tradeoffs: Research Council
2021 Health Services Research: Outstanding Reviewer
2021 AcademyHealth: Best of Annual Research Meeting
2021 AcademyHealth: Best of Health Economics Interest Group
2021 Boston University: Provost Mentor Fellow
2020 Boston University: Early Career Catalyst Award
2019 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Jean G. Yates Outstanding Doctoral Student Award
2019 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Impact Award
2018 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Harry T. Phillips Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Doctoral Student
2017-2019 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship
2017 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Delta Omega Academic Excellence Award
2016-2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Health Policy Research Scholar
2016 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Future Faculty Fellowship
2015 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Doctoral Merit Assistantship
2014 RTI International: President's Award
2014 RTI International: Highly Published Author Award
2012 RTI International: Annual Award
2011 University of North Carolina at Greensboro: Omicron Delta Epsilon
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