Ximena Benavides is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she received her LL.M. degree and was awarded the Olin Fellowship in Law, Economics, and Public Policy, and the Kauffman Fellowship in Law, Economics, and Entrepreneurship. Applying frameworks from behavioral and health economics, her research focuses on the drivers of wasteful health care practices in the U.S. health care system, concentrating on the misaligned economic incentives in the relationship between patients and physicians. She is particularly interested in understanding how policy and law can be leveraged to control health care costs and prevent self-interest behaviors and institutional corruption in health care systems.

As a doctoral student, she has been a Fellow at the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School, working on research projects concerning the U.S. opioid crisis and the judicialization of the right to health in Colombia, Brazil, and the U.S. Currently, she is an Executive Editor of the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics, and a Graduate Policy Fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University, working on the social and economic merits of Puerto Rican health care rationing and cost control policies.

Born in Peru, where she has been a law professor for over a decade, Ximena earned her law degree from Universidad Católica del Perú. In legal practice, she worked in New York for the international corporate and investment arbitration division of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, and in Lima, Peru at the CMS-Grau law firm and Intercorp Group.

Doctoral Committee
Professors Susan Rose-Ackerman (chair), Abbe R. Gluck (reader), Jacob S. Hacker (reader), and Nicholas R. Parrillo (reader)

LL.M., Yale Law School, 2006
J.D. [Abogado], Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2002
M.A. [Bachiller] (Humanities), Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 1997

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