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Coleman Drake, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management


A664 Public Health, 130 DeSoto Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
R-znvy: PQENXR@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-838-0895

Personal Statement

Dr. Drake is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Graduate School of Public Health, at the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests include health insurance markets, geospatial barriers to health care, and microsimulation methods. His dissertation examined the role of provider network breadth in plan choice in California’s State-based Marketplace, Covered California. Dr. Drake’s research has been published in leading health economics and health policy journals, such as The American Journal of Health Economics and Health Affairs. Dr. Drake was a 2017-2018 Health Economics Fellow at the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago, and a trainee under the Agency for Health Research and Quality National Research Services Awards grant program from 2013 to 2017. In 2018, he completed a Ph.D. in health services research, policy and administration with a focus in health economics from the University of Minnesota.   


2018 | University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN | PhD, Health Services Research, Policy and Administration (Focus: Health Economics)

2010 | Capital University, Columbus, OH | BA Economics, Public Administration

Selected Publications

  • Coleman Drake. "What Are Consumers Willing to Pay for a Broad Network Health Plan?: Evidence from Covered California." Becker Friedman Institute working paper. 2018. Available here
  • James Bailey, Coleman Drake, John Wingender. "The Value of Waivers from the Affordable Care Act" Applied Economics Letters. 2017, 25(16): 1161-1165.
  • Coleman Drake, Lucas J. Higuera, Fernando Alarid-Escudero, Roger Feldman. "A Kinked Health Insurance Market: Employer-Sponsored Insurance Under the Cadillac Tax" American Journal of Health Economics. 2017, 3(4): 455-476.
  • Jean M. Abraham, Coleman Drake, Daniel Sacks, Kosali Simon. "Demand for Health Insurance Marketplace Plans Was Highly Elastic in 2014-2015" Economics Letters. 2017, 159: 69-73.
  • Jean M. Abraham, Jeffrey S. McCullough, Coleman Drake, Kosali Simon. "What Drives Insurer Participation and Premiums in the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace?" International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics. 2017: 1-18.
  • Jean M. Abraham, Anne B. Royalty, Coleman Drake. "Employer-Sponsored Insurance Offers: Largely Stable in 2014 Following ACA Implementation" Health Affairs. 2016, 35(11): 1-6.
  • Coleman Drake, Jean M. Abraham, Jeffrey S. McCullough. "Rural Enrollment in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace" Journal of Rural Health, 2016, 32(3): 332-339.


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