Labor Economics - Social insurance programs

Reagan A. Baughman Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Michigan Alumni List
John A. Hogan Distinguished Professor in Economics and Associate Professor of Economics, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Dr. Baughman received her bachelor’s degree in economics (with a minor in French) from Drew University in Madison, NJ and her Ph.D. in Economics from Syracuse University. She has been a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire since 2003, teaching undergraduate students in microeconomic theory courses, labor economics and public finance, and graduate students in health economics and research workshops. During the time she has been at UNH, she has spent time visiting two public policy organizations. She served as a Visiting Scholar at the New England Public Policy Center of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston during the summer of 2007 and as a Visiting Fellow at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office in Washington, DC from September 2009 to July 2010. Her favorite experience to date as a UNH professor has been accompanying 27 business and economics students to study at Corvinus University in Budapest during the Fall 2007 semester. While in Budapest, she taught a course in health economics to a group of students from 8 different countries and traveled with UNH students in Hungary, Slovakia and Poland.

Discipline: Economics
		

Gopi Shah Goda Ph.D.

Cohort 14 — Harvard Alumni List
Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Dr. Goda received her PhD in Economics at Stanford University. She is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. Her recent research studies include an examination of retirement savings behavior in response to financial education interventions designed to educate employees about the relationship between current retirement contributions and future retirement income; the role of default options in the choice between retirement plans; and an analysis of several hypotheses that seek to explain low rates of long-term care insurance coverage by seniors, among other topics in public finance and the economics of aging.

Discipline: Economics
		

Bradley J. Herring Ph.D.

Cohort 7 — Yale Alumni List
Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Deputy Chair of Academic Affairs
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Dr. Herring received his PhD from University of Pennyslvania in 2002. His research focuses on a number of economic and public policy issues related to health insurance coverage. He has published articles in the Journal of Health Economics and New England Journal of Medicine, and is co-author of the book Pooling Health Insurance Risks. His research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, OECD, HHS ASPE, and AHRQ. For instance, his research has examined the availability of charity care to the uninsured, the individual health insurance market, Medicaid managed care, and insurer and hospital market concentration. More recently, he is examining the effect of health insurance coverage on health outcomes, the effect of rising health insurance premiums on worker wages, and the effect of the 2010 Affordable Care Act on employment-based insurance. Dr. Herring served for a year with the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers and recently served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Maryland Health Insurance Plan.

Discipline: Economics
		

Kathleen J. Mullen Ph.D.

Cohort 12 — Harvard Alumni List
Senior Economist, Sociology and Statistics Department
Associate Director, Economics,
RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Mullen received her PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago. She is also Director, RAND Center for Disability Research and Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her work addresses the economics of retirement, health, and disability, with an emphasis on the incentive effects of social insurance programs such as Social Security and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). In her research, Dr. Mullen has employed a variety of research designs applying both reduced form and structural econometric methods. She has pursued research on, among other things, the effects of SSDI receipt on labor supply; the effects of long waiting times on the subsequent labor force participation and earnings of rejected SSDI applicants; how changes in eligibility requirements affect SSDI or Social Security claiming; and the effects of changes in Social Security or disability insurance incentives in other countries on labor supply for workers at older ages, and what those findings suggest about potential evaluations of reforms in the United States.

Discipline: Economics
		

Harold A. Pollack Ph.D.

Cohort 1 — Yale Alumni List
Helen Ross Professor, School of Social Service Administration
Co-Director, University of Chicago Crime Lab
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Dr. Pollack received both his PhD and MA in Public Policy from JFK School of Government, Harvard University. He also received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Engineering from Princeton Univeresity. In his current position he serves on the Executive Committee of the Center for Health Administration Studies at the University of Chicago. He is also the Co-Director of The University of Chicago Crime Lab. He has published widely at the interface between poverty policy and public health. His recent research concerns HIV and hepatitis prevention efforts for injection drug users, drug abuse and dependence among welfare recipients and pregnant women, infant mortality prevention, and child health. His research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Public Health, Health Services Research, Pediatrics, and Social Service Review. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare," was selected for The Best American Medical Writing, 2009.

Discipline: Economics