Type: Seminar

The Impacts of Medical School Openings and Expansions on Pre-Med Human Capital Investment


Andrew Simon​, PhD Student in Economics​

Date & Time

Jul 5, 2017, 11:30 am-1:00 pm EDT


Open to PhD students and faculty engaged in causal inference in education research.

About CIERS:

The objective of the Causal Inference in Education Research Seminar (CIERS) is to engage students and faculty from across the university in conversations around education research using various research methodologies. This seminar provides a space for doctoral students and faculty from the School of Education, Ford School of Public Policy, and the Departments of Economics, Sociology, Statistics, and Political Science to discuss current research and receive feedback on works-in-progress. Discourse between these schools and departments creates a more complete community of education scholars, and provides a networking opportunity for students enrolled in a variety of academic programs who share common research interests. Open to PhD students and faculty engaged in causal inference in education research.


Recent estimates by the AAMC and AACOM suggest that by 2025 the US will face shortage of up to 90,000 physicians. In order to combat the expected shortage, many medical schools (MD and DO programs) have expanded and many more have opened. The goal of this project is to examine how the changing market structure affects undergraduate pre-medical human capital investment. I am interested in how the evolving market incentives affect all students interested in medicine, but especially those at the margin, who are admitted because of the market expansion. This is very preliminary work.