Research Fellow

Gail A. Jensen

Gail Jensen is a Research Fellow at The Independent Institute and Professor of Gerentology and Economics at Wayne State University in Detroit. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1986, and has previously held positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the American Hospital Association, and Abt Associates, Inc.

She has authored over 60 articles in scholarly journals and books, and has often written on health economics and health insurance issues. She is a nationally recognized expert on the regulation of private health insurance, and on employer-sponsored group coverage. Much of her research over the past 12 years has focused on the provision of group health insurance, the effects of state health insurance regulation for employer plans, particularly its consequences for small businesses.

Her research has appeared in the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Health Economics, The Milbank Quarterly, Medical Care, and Health Affairs, among others. She currently serves on the National Advisory Council of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Board of Directors of the Michigan Public Health Institute, and is a Fellow of both the Employee Benefit Research Institute in Washington, DC and of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas, TX.