Andrew R. Olenski


Welcome. I am a Ph.D. candidate in economics at Columbia University. My primary fields of interest are applied microeconomics and industrial organization, with a focus on health care markets.

My CV is here.

I will be on the job market in the 2022-2023 academic year.

Working Papers

  • Reallocation and the (In)efficiency of Exit in the U.S. Nursing Home Industry. Link. Job Market Paper.

  • Estimating Nursing Home Quality with Selection (with Szymon Sacher). Link. Revise and resubmit, Review of Economics and Statistics.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Research in Economics Journals

  • Barnett M, Olenski AR, Sacarny A. Common Practice: Spillovers from Medicare onto Private Health Care. Forthcoming at American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. Link.

Research in Health Policy and Medical Journals

  • Ly D, Essien U, Olenski AR, Jena AB. Affirmative Action Bans and Enrollment of Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Groups in U.S. Public Medical Schools. Annals of Internal Medicine 2022. Link.

  • Olenski AR, Coussens S, Zimmerman A, Jena AB. Behavioral heuristics in coronary artery bypass graft surgery. New England Journal of Medicine (Correspondence) 382:8, 778-779, 2020. Link.

  • Sacarny A, Olenski AR, Barnett M. Association of quetiapine overuse letters with prescribing by physician peers of targeted recipients. JAMA Psychiatry 76(6), pp. E1-2, 2019. Link.

  • Barnett M, Olenski AR, Thygeson M, Ishisaka D, Wong S, Jena AB, Mehrotra A. A health plan's formulary led to reduced use of extended-release opioids, but did not lower overall opioid use. Health Affairs 37(9), pp. 1509-1516, 2018. Link.

  • Jena AB, Olenski AR, Khullar D, Bonica A, Rosenthal H. Physicians' political preferences and the delivery of end of life care in the United States. The British Medical Journal (BMJ), 361:k1161, 2018. Link.

  • Jena AB, Olenski AR, Blumenthal DM, Yeh R, Goldman DP, Romley JH. Acute myocardial infarction mortality during dates of national interventional cardiology meetings. Journal of the American Heart Association, 117:e008230, 2018. Link.

  • Jena AB, Olenski AR. Reductions in firearm injuries during NRA annual conventions. New England Journal of Medicine (Correspondence), 378:9, 866-867, 2018. Link.

  • Jena AB, Olenski AR, Molitor D, Miller N. Association between rainfall and diagnoses of joint or back pain: retrospective claims analysis. The British Medical Journal (BMJ), 359 :j5326, 2017. Link.

  • Blumenthal DM, Olenski AR, Tsugawa Y, Jena AB. Association between treatment by locum tenens internal medicine physicians and 30-day mortality among hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 318(21), pp. 2119-2129, 2017. Link.

  • Khullar D, Blumenthal D, Olenski AR, Jena AB. U.S. immigration policy and American medical research: the scientific contributions of foreign medical graduates. Annals of Internal Medicine (Ideas and Opinions), 167(7), 2017. Link.

  • Jena AB, Mann NC, Wedlund NC, Olenski AR. Delays in emergency care and mortality during major U.S. marathons. New England Journal of Medicine 376(15), pp.1441-1450, 2017. Link.

  • Barnett M, Olenski AR, Jena AB. Patient mortality during unannounced accreditation surveys at US hospitals. JAMA Internal Medicine 177(5), pp. 1-9, 2017. Link.

  • Barnett M, Olenski AR, Jena AB. Opioid-prescribing patterns of emergency physicians and risk of long-term use. New England Journal of Medicine 376(7), pp. 663-673, 2017. Link.

  • Blumenthal D, Olenski AR, Yeh R, DeFaria-Yeh D, Sarma A, Stefanescu-Schmidt A, Wood M, Jena AB. Sex differences in academic rank among cardiologists at U.S. medical schools in 2014. Circulation 135(6), pp. 506-517, 2017. Link.

  • Jena AB, Olenski AR, Blumenthal D. Sex differences in physician salary in U.S. public medical schools. JAMA Internal Medicine 176(9), pp. 1294-1304, 2016. Link.

  • Jena AB, Khullar D, Ho O, Olenski AR, Blumenthal D. Sex differences in academic rank in U.S. medical schools in 2014. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 314(11), pp. 1149-1158, 2015. Link.

  • Olenski AR, Abola M, Jena AB. Do heads of government age more quickly? An observational study comparing mortality between elected leaders and runners-up in national elections of 17 countries. The British Medical Journal (BMJ) 351:h6424, 2015. Link.

Other Writing

  • "How common mental shortcuts can cause major physician errors" The New York Times (The Upshot) 02/20/2020. Link.

  • "Substitute doctors are becoming more common. What do we know about their quality of care?" Harvard Business Review 12/11/2017. Link.

  • "When roads are closed for marathons, more elderly people die of heart attacks." Harvard Business Review 04/12/2017. Link.

  • "When clinicians know they're being watched, patients fare better." Harvard Business Review 03/24/2017. Link.

  • "Trump's immigration order could make it harder to find a psychiatrist or pediatrician." FiveThirtyEight 02/03/2017. Link.

Teaching Experience

  • Introduction to Econometrics

  • Industrial Organization


Pietro Tebaldi

Assistant Professor of Economics

Columbia University

Gautam Gowrisankaran

Professor of Economics

Columbia University

Ashley Swanson

Associate Professor of Economics

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Adam Sacarny

Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management

Columbia Mailman School of Public Health



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