Cambridge, MA, August 5, 2021 ― Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced that Dr. Sebastian Negrusa has joined the Cambridge-based Institute to manage WCRI’s research programs and accelerate the Institute’s focus on new and evolving research topics on important workers’ compensation issues.
“We are excited that Sebastian has joined WCRI and welcome his more than 10 years of experience analyzing the impact of health care programs and policies,” said John Ruser, president and CEO of WCRI.
As an economist and expert in labor and health policy, Sebastian has conducted multiple health workforce studies funded by the federal government, state agencies, and professional organizations. Other outcomes he studied encompass health care utilization and spending, labor market outcomes, and integrity of Medicare programs. He published peer-reviewed research on the job satisfaction of health providers, substitutions across alternative sources of health insurance, the impact of military deployment on divorces, and the effect of federal subsidies on veterans' demand for higher education.
Before coming to WCRI, Sebastian spent 10 years at the Lewin Group as an associate director. Before that, he worked at the RAND Corporation as an associate economist. He has a PhD in Economics from Clemson University and a BA in International Economics from Babes-Bolyai University.
The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization based in Cambridge, MA. Organized in late 1983, the Institute does not take positions on the issues it researches; rather, it provides information obtained through studies and data collection efforts, which conform to recognized scientific methods. Objectivity is further ensured through rigorous, unbiased peer review procedures. WCRI's diverse membership includes employers; insurers; governmental entities; managed care companies; health care providers; insurance regulators; state labor organizations; and state administrative agencies in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.