Assistant Professor
108, Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Ithaca, New York
Policy Analysis and Management


Samuel A. Kleiner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He joined the Cornell faculty in 2010 after receiving his Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on health economics and health policy, with a focus on the study of hospitals and health care providers. This includes the measurement of firm performance in the health care sector and the effect of labor relations on hospital performance.

Sam is currently conducting research in three areas: the measurement of market power and efficiency in hospital and physician markets; the effect of organized labor on health care production; and estimation of the marginal returns to health care spending. Specific research projects include: defining geographic markets and assessing market power for hospitals and physicians; measuring the impact of organized labor in the hospital and nursing home industries on patient outcomes; measuring the marginal returns to hospital spending and treatment intensity, and the effects of public insurance expansions on educational attainment.

Antitrust and ACOs: Observations for the Physician Market,” with Daniel Ludwinski and William D. White. Forthcoming at Medical Care Research and Review.

The Effect of Child Health Insurance Access on Schooling: Evidence from Public Insurance Expansions,” with Sarah Cohodes, Michael Lovenheim and Daniel Grossman. Forthcoming at the Journal of Human Resources.

Analysis of Hospital Production: An Output Index Approach,” with Martin S. Gaynor and William B. Vogt. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 30(3), April/May, 2015, pp. 398-421.

Market Power and Provider Consolidation in Physician Markets,” with William D. White and Sean M. Lyons. International Journal of Health Economics and Management, 15(1), March 2015, pp. 99-126.

Measuring Returns to Hospital Care: Evidence from Ambulance Referral Patterns,” with Joseph Doyle, John Graves and Jonathan Gruber. Journal of Political Economy, 123(1), February 2015, pp. 170-214.

Nurses’ Unions.” In: Anthony J. Culyer (ed.), Encyclopedia of Health Economics, Vol 2. San Diego: Elsevier; 2014, pp. 375-382.

A Structural Approach to Market Definition with an Application to the Hospital Industry,” with Martin S. Gaynor and William B. Vogt. Journal of Industrial Economics, 61(2), June 2013, pp. 243-289.

Provider Concentration in Markets for Physician Services for Patients with Traditional Medicare,” with Sean M. Lyons and William D. White. Health Management, Policy and Innovation, 1(1), October 2012, pp. 3-18.

Do Strikes Kill? Evidence from New York State,” with Jonathan Gruber, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 4(1), February 2012, pp. 127–57.

Kleiner, S., Vogt, W.B., Gladowski, P., Devries, A., Levin, G., Antonucci, C., and Fong, J. “Beta-blocker Compliance, Mortality and Re-infarction: Validation of Clinical Trial Association Using Insurer Claims Data,” American Journal of Medical Quality 24(6), November/December 2009, pp. 512-19.

Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research
Member: American Economics Association
Member: American Society of Health Economists
Member: International Health Economics Association

During July and August of 2016, I served as a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of MInneapolis.

Health Policy (Graduate) Fall 2010, 2011; Spring 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Economics of Health Policy (Undergraduate) Spring 2011, 2012, 2013
Economics of Health Care Markets (Undergraduate) Fall 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Intermediate Microeconomics (Undergraduate) Spring, 2015
Microeconomics for Management and Policy (Graduate), Spring 2016

Ph.D., Applied Economics and Policy Analysis, Carnegie Mellon University (2010)
M.Phil., Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University (2009)
M.A., Economics, Brown University (2004)
B.A., Economics and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, Northwestern University (2001)