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 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 healthcare delivery reform. She has recently 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, the effects of Cesarean deliveries on maternal health, and a study on the cord blood industry in the U.S. Her work often includes investigations of health disparities, for example, in breastfeeding, obesity, and cancer screening. She also has extensive experience with health care reform and health policy evaluation studies across a wide range of health and labor economic topics. She has advanced applied econometric and survey methodological skills.

Kapinos 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. Kapinos received her Ph.D. in labor economics/human resources from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.         

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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