Anup Malani

Professor Malani is the Lee and Brena Freeman Professor at the University of Chicago Law School and Professor at the Pritzker School of Medicine. He is also a university scholar at Resources for the Future in Washington, a research associate at theNational Bureau of Economic Research in Boston, a senior Fellow at the Schaeffer Center at University of Southern California, an editor at the Journal of Law and Economics, and on the board of the University of Chicago Press. Malani has a PhD in economics and a JD, both from University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Stephen Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court. Malani conducts research in law and economics and health economics. His law and economics research focuses on models of judicial behavior measuring the welfare impact of laws. His health economics research focuses on the value of medical innovation and insurance, control of infectious diseases, and placebo effects. He is the principal investigator on the Indian Health Insurance Experiment, a 12,000 household study of health insurance in Karnataka, India.  Malani’s research has been published in journals from a number of different fields, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Political Economy, the Harvard Law Review, the Archives of Internal Medicine, and Theoretical Population Biology.  Malani teaches courses in commercial law and health law in the Law School and a PhD law and economics course in the Economics Department.  He is also the co-founder of the International Innovation Corps, a social service program that sends teams of University of Chicago and Indian university graduates to work on innovative development projects with government officials in India.

Content by Anup Malani
  • Project

    The Indian Health Insurance Experiment

    In 2008, India initiated one of the largest publicly-funded health insurance schemes in the world, Rastriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), which focused on inpatient care. Its aim was to provide coverage for hospitalisation to Below Poverty Line (BPL) households. Insurance can affect health by increasing healthcare utilisation and increasing “peace of mind”; it can impact...

    1 May 2019 | Anup Malani, Gabriella Conti, Alessandra Voena, Cynthia Kinnan

  • Publication - Project Report

    Impact evaluation of a public health insurance plan in India: Post health event survey pilot

    27 Mar 2017 | Anup Malani, Cynthia Kinnan, Alessandra Voena

  • Blog post

    Expanding Indian public health insurance above the poverty line

    Since 2008 India’s public health insurance policy has covered the poorest quarter of the population, and the government wants to expand the policy to include households above the poverty line. Disentangling the health and financial effects of the policy is vital to establishing a cost-effective expansion of eligibility for this insurance. Considering the inherent risks...

    10 Nov 2016 | Gabriella Conti, Cynthia Kinnan, Ramanan Laxminarayan , Anup Malani, Alessandra Voena

  • Project

    Impact evaluation of a public health insurance plan in India: Post health event survey pilot

    This study forms part of an evaluation of a large public health insurance scheme in India, the Indian Health Insurance Experiment. We piloted an innovative survey instrument to assess its cost and accuracy in measuring the effect of health insurance on the frequency of hospitalisation and associated out of pocket expenditure for households. We found that...

    5 Oct 2015 | Anup Malani, Cynthia Kinnan, Alessandra Voena, Gabriella Conti, Ramanan Laxminarayan