Dr. Shafer is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health and an investigator at the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at the Boston VA Healthcare System. His research focuses on the effects of the structure and implementation of state and federal health insurance policy on coverage, health care use, and health. His big picture interest is in understanding the effect of social policies and programs on health and well-being. Do they actually work? Are the benefits and costs realized by all? If they don't work or have unintended consequences, can we understand why and propose changes? He is a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar and previously served as a research economist in the Center for Health Policy Science and Tobacco Research at RTI International and a junior fellow in the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He holds a PhD in health policy and management with a concentration in health economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in applied economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a BA in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.