Joshua D. Gottlieb

Associate Professor

Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia

JOSHUA GOTTLIEB is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.  His research in applied microeconomics focuses on the economics of the health care system, including the organization of insurance markets, physician behavior, administrative costs, and implications for labor economics.  Gottlieb also conducts research in public finance more broadly, including urban and health economics.  He is a Co-Editor of the Journal of Public Economics and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Gottlieb has published in academic journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and Journal of Labor Economics.   He won the 2015 Kenneth Arrow Award for best paper in health economics and the 2012 National Tax Association Dissertation Award for this work. Gottlieb’s research focuses on questions directly relevant to public policy.  He was instrumental in developing and promoting a novel property tax scheme, which influenced housing policy in British Columbia. Gottlieb completed his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University in 2012.  He was previously an Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford University.


How Minimum Zoning Mandates Can Improve Housing Markets and Expand Opportunity

State-level Minimum Zoning Mandates (MZMs) allowing landowners to build at a state-guaranteed minimum density, even in municipalities resistant to development, would be an effective means of encouraging denser housing development. These MZMs would improve housing affordability, spread economic opportunity more broadly, and limit the environmental impact of new development.