A. Bowen Garrett is an economist and senior fellow in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute. His research focuses extensively on health reform and health policy topics, combining rigorous empirical methods and economic thinking with an understanding of the policy landscape to better inform policymaking. He led the development of Urban's Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model and conducted numerous studies of the likely effects of alternative reform proposals for the Obama administration, the state of New York, and private foundations. He has written extensively on employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid and the uninsured, and Medicare's prospective payment systems.
Previously, Garrett was chief economist of the Center for US Health System Reform and McKinsey Advanced Health Analytics at McKinsey & Company (2010–13). He is a research associate with the Info-Metrics Institute at American University and has taught quantitative methods and economic statistics at Georgetown University.
Garrett received his PhD in economics from Columbia University in 1996 and was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Scholars in Health Policy Research Program at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1996 to 1998.