Stephanie Rennane

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Economist; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in economics, University of Maryland; M.A. in economics, University of Maryland; B.A. in economics, University of Michigan


Stephanie Rennane (she/her) is an economist at the RAND Corporation. As an applied microeconomist, her research interests fall at the intersection of labor and health economics. One of her key research areas focuses on the impacts of disability and disability insurance programs on individuals with disabilities and their caregivers. She has studied how Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income affect family caregiving decisions, how workers’ compensation benefits in California and Oregon affect labor supply of workers with disabilities, and has ongoing work analyzing how SSI benefits affect the well-being of families of children with disabilities. Rennane also has ongoing work studying the design of the joint Department of Defense/Department of Veterans Affairs disability evaluation system. Other key research areas include work studying Medicaid policies for children with special needs, and estimating the research and development costs for prescription drugs. She holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland.

Selected Publications

Stephanie Rennane, "A Double Safety Net? Understanding Interactions Between Disability Benefits, Formal Assistance, and Family Support," Journal of Health Economics, 69(1), 2020

Andrew Foote, Michel Grosz, and Stephanie Rennane, "The Effect of Lower Transaction Costs on Social Security Disability Insurance Application Rates and Participation," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 38(1), 2019

Nicole Maestas, Kathleen Mullen and Stephanie Rennane, "Unmet Need for Workplace Accommodation," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 38(4), 2019

Zachary Morris and Stephanie Rennane, "Functional Limitations and Employment among Disability Benefit Recipients with Musculoskeletal Conditions: A Mediation Analysis," Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 50(1), 2019

Michael Dworsky, Denise D. Quigley, Stephanie Rennane and Madeline B. Doyle, Evaluation of the Return to Work Fund in California's Workers' Compensation System: Performance to Date and Options for Modification, RAND (RR-2548), 2018

Mark Duggan, Melissa S. Kearney, and Stephanie Rennane "The Supplemental Security Income Program," in Robert A. Moffitt, Economics of Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States, Volume II, University of Chicago Press, 2016