Faculty Profile

Tom Buchmueller

Tom Buchmueller, PhD

  • Waldo O. Hildebrand Professor of Risk Management and Insurance
  • Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy

Tom Buchmueller is a health economist whose research focuses on health policies in the US and other developed countries. He has written extensively on the economics of employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program and the Affordable Care Act. His recent work has included studies on the effect of prescription drug monitoring programs on opioid prescribing.

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA, Carleton College

Professor Buchmueller's research interests are health insurance, health policy, equity and disparities.

Medicaid Expansion and the Unemployed, with Helen Levy and Robert G. Valletta, Journal of Labor Economics (2021) 39(S2): S575-S617.


The Affordable Care Act Reduced Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care, with Helen Levy, Health Affairs (2020) 39(3):395-402.


The Effect of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs on Opioid Utilization in Medicare, with Colleen Carey, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (2018) 10(1):77-112.


How Do Providers Respond to Changes in Public Health Insurance Coverage? Evidence from Adult Medicaid Benefits, with Sarah Miller and Marko Vujicic, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (2016) 8(3).


The Affordable Care Act Has Led to Significant Gains in Health Insurance and Access to Care for Young Adults, with Benjamin Sommers, Sandra Decker, Colleen Carey and Richard Kronick, Health Affairs (January 2013) 32(1):165-174.


The Effect of an Employer Health Insurance Mandate on Health Insurance Coverage and the Demand for Labor: Evidence from Hawaii, with John DiNardo and Robert Valletta, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, (November 2011), 3(4): 25-51.


Email: tbuch@umich.edu
Office: 734-764-5933