The Congressional Budget Office released its cost estimate report for the American Health Care Act yesterday. There are a few tables at the back summarizing the various budgetary and coverage effects of the proposed law. Of these, Table 4 is pretty interesting. The CBO “projected the average national premiums for a 21-year-old in the nongroup health insurance market in 2026 both under current law and under the AHCA. On the basis of those amounts, CBO calculated premiums for a 40-year-old and a 64-year-old, assuming that the person lives in a state that uses the federal default age-rating methodology”.

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Rank Error in Your Favor

19 January 2017

Update: Since writing this post, I’ve repeatedly tried to delete the offending review from my profile, but Google Scholar keeps re-inserting it as part of its automated trawl through its corpus of articles. So it seems that the robots are determined to grant me these citations whether I want them or not. Google Scholar is one of the most visible and widely-used examples of the rise of “impact measurement” in academia.

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Recent Papers

  • “Categories All the Way Down.” Historical Social Research, special issue on Market Classifications. Abstract  pdf
  • “Organ Entrepreneurs.” The Cambridge Handbook of Law and Entrepreneurship, D. Gordon Smith and Christine Hurt, eds. Abstract  pdf
  • “Repugnance Management and Transactions in the Body.” American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings. Abstract  pdf
  • “Seeing Like a Market.” Socio-Economic Review. Abstract  pdf
  • “Transformative Treatments.” Abstract  pdf

Current Teaching


I am Associate Professor of Sociology at Duke University. I’m affiliated with the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Markets and Management Studies program, and the Duke Network Analysis Center.



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