Kandice A. Kapinos

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Senior Economist
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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 (she/her) is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation with a joint appointment as an associate professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Her research broadly focuses on health economics, health services research, and the economics of prevention, particularly for vulnerable populations. She is currently leading studies related to health care delivery and medical malpractice reform and access to substance use disorder treatment facilities. She is also leading the cost analyses and contributing to the methodological design for other studies on telehealth, diabetes prevention, depression screening and treatment, and CAR-T therapy. Kapinos has led several child and maternal health studies and policy evaluations across a wide range of health and labor economic topics. She has advanced applied econometric, survey methodological skills and more than 13 years of experience leading interdisciplinary research studies.

Kapinos previously worked at the University of Michigan, the U.S. 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. Kapinos received her Ph.D. in labor economics/human resources from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.         

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Associate Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

Selected Publications

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), 2014

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

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

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., "Affordable Care Act Provision Lowered Out-Of-Pocket Cost And Increased Colonoscopy Rates Among Men In Medicare," Health Affairs, 34(12), 2015

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

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), 2015


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