Katherine Grace Carman

Katherine Grace Carman
Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in economics, Stanford University; B.A. in economics, University of Michigan

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Katherine Carman is an economist at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research focuses on health economics, public economics, and behavioral economics. Carman is particularly interested in how individuals' beliefs, perceptions, and decisionmaking processes affect their choices. Currently she is studying on health insurance decisions and retirement decisions. She is also interested in the effects of peer behavior and characteristics on individual choices.

Previously, Carman was an assistant professor at Tilburg University and affiliated with CentER and Netspar. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at Harvard University. She received a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

Selected Publications

Katherine Grace Carman, "Inheritances, Intergenerational Transfers, and the Accumulation of Health," American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 23(2):223-237, 2013

Katherine Grace Carman, Lei Zhang, "Classroom Peer Effects: Evidence from a Chinese Middle School," China Economic Review, 23(2):223-237, 2012

Johannes Binswanger, Katherine Grace Carman, "How Real People Make Long-term Decisions: The Case of Retirement Preparation," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 81(1):39-60, 2012

Wandi Bruine de Bruin, Katherine Grace Carman, "Measuring risk perceptions: What does the excessive use of 50% mean?" Medical Decision Making, 32(2):232-236, 2012

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: KNX-AM

Commentary: The Health Care Blog; Newsweek; RWJF's Human Capital Blog