Kandice Kapinos is a health and labor economist at the RAND Corporation and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. Her research focuses on health economics, health services research and the economics of prevention, particularly for vulnerable populations.
She is currently leading studies on the economics of cord blood banking and on the effects of fractures among elderly populations, and is contributing to a several studies on the California Workers’ Compensation system. She recently completed several child and maternal health studies, including on 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 focused on 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 employer-provided wellness programs. She has advanced applied econometric and survey methodological skills.
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. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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, 0, 0 (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