Nathaniel Breg

Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University

and the Palo Alto VA

Nate Breg is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University's Department of Health Policy and the Palo Alto VA. He earned his PhD at Carnegie Mellon University.

His interest in health care providers intersects with questions from labor economics and industrial organization. Nate's current research investigates how providers decide to adopt new technology, and how health care services affect local economies and local health. He is a 2020-2021 recipient of the Fellowship in Digital Health from CMU's Center for Machine Learning and Health.

Dissertation Work

  • Medical Technologies with Comparative Advantages on Different Dimensions: Evidence from Hysterectomy (2021-2022 Job Market Paper)

  • The Impact of Public Finance of Hospitals on Mortality

  • Does Health Care Employment Help Regional Economies Weather Recessions? with Marty Gaynor and Brian Kovak

Other Work in Progress

  • Hospital investment in and physician use of surgical robots

  • Hospital expansion and medical labor demand, with Adam Pilny

Prior Experience

Nate has a B.A. from Tufts University, Medford, MA, where he majored in economics and history.

He previously worked at RTI International on evaluations of government health care initiatives, prospective payment systems, and health care delivery quality measures, employing econometrics and other quantitative methods. His clients included the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).