Dr. Laura Dague, an assistant professor in the PSAA department, earned a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin, where she was affiliated with the Population Health Institute and the Institute for Research on Poverty. Her doctoral fields of study were public economics and labor economics.
Dr. Dague’s research interests are in health economics, particularly the economics of public health insurance. Her recent publications focus on changes in the Medicaid program and their relation to federal health care reform. Current projects continue this work by considering how Medicaid enrollees respond to premiums, how Medicaid affects labor supply and participation in other means-tested programs, how parental insurance coverage interacts with children’s outcomes, and the effects of expanding Medicaid to nontraditional populations such as low-income adults without dependent children. Dr. Dague is currently working on a formal evaluation of Wisconsin’s most recent Medicaid waiver, funded by the State of Wisconsin, and is engaged in a new project on Texas hospitals with colleagues at the TAMU School of Public Health. She is also investigating how the structure of the health insurance market in Chile affects insurance demand and usage of health care services. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Journal of Health Economics, Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Inquiry, and Medicaid and Medicare Research Review.
Dr. Dague was the winner of the 2015 National Institute for Health Care Management’s research award for her work on Medicaid premiums. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, received a dissertation research award from the Institute for Research on Poverty, and was a fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Dr. Dague’s research team has been funded by the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services.