Katherine Grace Carman

Katherine Grace Carman
Senior 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 a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, director of RAND's Center for Financial and Economic Decision Making, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research focuses on behavioral economics, health economics, and public economics. Carman is particularly interested in how individuals' beliefs, perceptions, and decisionmaking processes affect their choices. Currently she is studying health behaviors, health insurance decisions, and retirement decisions. She has a number of projects studying the impacts of COVID-19. 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

Maximiliane Hoerl, Amelie Wuppermann, Silvia H Barcellos, Sebastian Bauhoff, Joachim Winter, and Katherine Grace Carman, "Knowledge as a predictor of insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act," Medical Care (forthcoming)

Katherine Grace Carman, Christine Eibner, and Susan Paddock, "Trends in Health Insurance Enrollment, 2013-15," Health Affairs, 34(6), 2015

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), 2012

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

Silvia Helena Barcellos, Amelie C. Wuppermann, Sebastian Bauhoff, Katherine Carman, Daniel L. McFadden, Arie Kapteyn, Joachim K. Winter, and Dana Goldman, "Americans are ill prepared for the Affordable Care Act," PNAS: Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, 111(15), 2014

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: KNX-AM

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