Dr. Laura Dague, an Associate Professor in the PSAA department, earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin. Her doctoral fields of study were public economics and labor economics. She is a Research Associate in the NBER’s Health Economics program and holds affiliations with the University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty, the Texas A&M Department of Economics, and the Texas A&M School of Public Health. She is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Health Economics.
Dr. Dague’s research interests are in health economics, particularly the economics of public health insurance. The majority of her work focuses on the Medicaid program and uses quasi-experimental econometric analyses informed by economic theory to study the causal effects of Medicaid policies. In current projects, she is studying the implications of COVID-era Medicaid policies (including continuous coverage and its unwinding as well as telehealth related policies), and how Medicaid can influence health care use, employment and reincarceration for those recently released from prison. She is also leading the evaluation of Wisconsin’s Medicaid 1115 waiver, funded by the State of Wisconsin. Dr. Dague also studies the economic impacts of access to paid leave particularly for people with disabilities or chronic health conditions and their families. Her work has been published in journals that include the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, JAMA Health Forum, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and the Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law.
Dr. Dague was the winner of the 2015 National Institute for Health Care Management’s research award for her work on Medicaid premiums, and received the National Tax Journal’s 2022 Referee of the Year award. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, received a dissertation research award from the Institute for Research on Poverty, and was a CSWEP Fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Dr. Dague’s research has been funded by the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, the Equitable Growth Foundation, 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.