Joseph D. Pane

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Statistical Analyst
Pittsburgh Office


M.S.P. in statistical practice, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in statistics, Carnegie Mellon University


Joseph D. Pane is a statistical analyst at the RAND Corporation. Pane's primary role at RAND includes driving all efforts of the data analysis pipeline while using state-of-the-art statistical and econometric methods, data management resources, and interactive data visualization. Pane authors the methods and results sections of peer-reviewed journal articles, reports, and memos to clients and is currently developing an R package, OVtool, that assesses the sensitivity of research findings to unobserved confounders when estimating causal effects. Pane is an expert in R and has experience in R, Python, SAS, Stata, and SQL.

Pane's methodological interests include causal inference, the interpretability and explainability of machine learning models, and mixture models with mixed data. Pane's substantive efforts have focused primarily in health and education with a recent focus in substance abuse treatment. Pane works on projects pertaining to: (1) the development of new tools for causal modeling of observational data at the individual and state level, (2) providing policy researchers the technical expertise needed to use state of the art methods related to the interpretability and explainability of machine learning models, (3) the evaluation of personalized learning and school expansion, (4) understanding if the ACA had an effect on where new physicians setup their first practices, (5) racial disparities, and (6) assessing the impact and future impact of COVID-19 in local schools.

Selected Publications

Griffin, Beth Ann, Ayer, Lynsay., Pane, Joseph D., Vegetabile, Brian, Burgette, Lane, McCaffrey, Daniel, Coffman, Donna L., Cefalu, Matt, Funk, Rod. Godley, Mark D., "Expanding outcomes when considering the relative effectiveness of two evidence based outpatient treatment programs for adolescents," Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 2020

Huckfeldt, Peter J.; Escarce, José J.; Pane, Joseph D.; Popescu, Ioana, "A Decomposition Method to Assess the Contributions of Geographic and Nongeographic Factors to White-Black Disparities in Health Care," Medical Care, 2019

Popescu, Ioana; Huckfeldt, Peter; Pane, Joseph D.; Escarce, José J., "Contributions of Geography and Nongeographic Factors to the White‐Black Gap in Hospital Quality for Coronary Heart Disease: A Decomposition Analysis," Journal of the American Heart Association, 8(23), 2019

Kephart, Lindsay; Setodji, Claude; Pane, Joseph; Shadel, William; Song, Glory; Robertson, Jennifer; Harding, Nikysha; Henley, Patricia; Ursprung Sanouri, W. W., "Evaluating tobacco retailer experience and compliance with a flavoured tobacco product restriction in Boston, Massachusetts: impact on product availability, advertisement and consumer demand," Tobacco Control, 2019

Kingsley, Melody; Setodji, Claude M.; Pane, Joseph D.; Shadel, William G.; Song, Glory; Robertson , Jennifer; Kephart, Lindsay; Henley, Patricia; Ursprung, W. W. Sanouri, "Short-Term Impact of a Flavored Tobacco Restriction: Changes in Youth Tobacco Use in a Massachusetts Community," American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 57(6), 2019

Honors & Awards

  • RAND Spotlight Award