Kandice A. Kapinos

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Ph.D. in labor economics/human resources, University of Illinois; M.S. in labor economics/human resources, University of Illinois; B.S. in business administration, University of Texas

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Kandice Kapinos, Ph.D., is a health and labor economist at the RAND Corporation. Her research broadly focuses on health economics, health services research and the economics of prevention, particularly for vulnerable populations. She is currently leading a study on the economics of cord blood banking, a study on the effects of fractures among elderly populations, and is contributing to a several studies on the California Workers' Compensation system. Recently she has completed several child and maternal health studies, including studies of peer and environmental effects in adolescent obesity and pregnancy; effects of perinatal maternal weight trajectories on maternal and child health outcomes, and the effects of Cesarean deliveries on maternal health. She also has extensive experience with health policy evaluation studies across a wide range of health topics. Much of this work has been focused in the area of policies aimed at improving preventive health utilization: state and federal mandated health insurance coverage of cancer screening; the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring health insurance plans to cover lactation support services and breast pumps; various other ACA policies and an employer provided wellness programs. She has advanced applied econometric and survey methodological skills.

She previously worked at the University of Michigan, the US Census Bureau and Abt Associates. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, a VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center of Excellence. Dr. Kapinos received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Selected Publications

Kapinos, K.A., Bullinger, L, and Gurley-Calvez, T., "Lactation Support Services and Breastfeeding Initiation: Evidence from the Affordable Care Act," Health Services Research (forthcoming)

Hamman, M.K. and Kapinos, K.A., "Colorectal Cancer Screening and State Health Insurance Mandates," Health Economics, 25(2):178-191, 2016

Hamman, M.K. and Kapinos, K.A., "Affordable Care Act Provision Lowered Out-Of-Pocket Cost And Increased Colonoscopy Rates Among Men In Medicare," Health Affairs, 34(12):2069-2076, 2015

Hamman, M.K., and Kapinos, K.A., "Does Mandated Coverage of Preventive Care Reduce Disparities? Evidence from Colorectal Cancer Screening," American Journal of Public Health, 105(S3):S508-S516, 2015

Yakusheva, O., Kapinos, K.A., and Eisenberg, D., "Estimating Heterogeneous and Hierarchical Peer Effects on Body Weight Using Roommate Assignments as a Natural Experiment," Journal of Human Resources, 49(1):234-261, 2014

Kapinos, K.A., Yakusheva, O., and Eisenberg, D, "Obesogenic Influences on Young Adults: Evidence from Randomized Dormitory Assignments," Economics & Human Biology, 12(1):98-109, 2014

Kapinos, K. A. and Yakusheva, O, "Environmental Influences on Adolescent Weight Gain: Evidence from a Natural Experiment," Journal of Adolescent Health, 48(1):52-58, 2011

Yakusheva, O., Kapinos, K.A., and Weiss, M, "Peer Effects and the Freshman 15: Evidence from a Natural Experiment," Economics & Human Biology, 9(2):119-132, 2011


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    Parental Leave Would Cause a Boom in Breastfeeding

    The AAP recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby's life. It has health benefits for both mother and child and saves health care costs. Research has shown that paid maternity leave increases breastfeeding rates, yet only 12 percent of U.S. firms offer it.

    Apr 17, 2017 The Hill