University of California, Riverside

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Bob Kaestner

Bob Kaestner

Professor of Public Policy and Economics

Public Policy
4165 Interdisciplinary South
(951) 827-5564

Research Areas

  • Health Economics and Policy
  • Social Policy
  • Demography
  • Labor Economics and Policy


  • Ph.D. City University of New York, New York, 1988


Robert Kaestner is a Professor in the School of Public Policy and in the Department of Economics of the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Kaestner is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Senior Fellow of the Schaeffer Center for Health economics, and an Affiliated Scholar of the Urban Institute. Dr. Kaestner received his Ph.D. in Economics from the City University of New York. He received his BA
and MA from Binghamton University (SUNY).

Dr. Kaestner’s areas of research interest are the economic and social determinants of health, health demography, and health, labor
and social policy evaluation. He has published over 100 articles in academic journals. Recent studies have been awarded Article of the Year by AcademyHealth in 2011 and the 2012 Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize for the best publication in Social Services Review.

Dr. Kaestner is Co-Editor/Managing Editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Associate Editor of Journal of Health Economics, Associate Editor of American Journal of Health Economics, Associate Editor of the Review of Economics of the Household, and on the Editorial Board of Demography.

View Professor Kaestner's CV here


  • Kaestner, Robert and Darren Lubotsky. (forthcoming). “Do 'Skills Beget Skills'? Evidence on the Effect of  Kindergarten Entrance Age on the Evolution of Cognitive and Non-cognitive Skill Gaps in Childhood.” Economics of Education Review.
  • Kaestner, Robert and Darren Lubotsky. 2016. “Health Insurance and Income Inequality. Journal  of Economic Perspectives, 30(2):1-29.
  • Kaestner, Robert. 2016. “Did Massachusetts Health Care Reform Lower Mortality? No According to  Randomization Inference.” Statistics and Public Policy, 3(1):1-6.
  • Roebuck, M.C., J.S. Dougherty, R. Kaestner, and L.M. Miller. 2015. “Increased Use of Prescription Drugs Reduces Medical Costs In  Medicaid Populations.” Health Affairs, 34(9):1586-1593.
  • Kaestner, Robert and Anthony Lo Sasso. 2015. “Does Seeing the Doctor More Often Keep You  Out of the Hospital?” Journal of Health Economics. 39: 259-272.
  • Kaestner, Robert, Michael Darden and Darius Lakdawalla. 2014. “Are Investments in Disease Prevention Complements? The Case of Statins  and Health Behaviors.” Journal of Health Economics, 36:151-163.
  • Kaestner, Robert and Ofer Malamud. 2014. “Self-selection and International Migration: New Evidence from Mexico.” Review  of Economics and Statistics. 96(1): 78-9.
  • G ordon, Rachel A., Fujimoto, Ken, Kaestner, Robert and Sanders Korenman. 2013. “An Assessment of the Validity of the ECERS-R with  Implications for Measures of Child Care Quality and Relations to Child Development.”  Developmental Psychology, 49(1),  146-160.
  • Kaestner, Robert and Nasreen Khan. 2012. Medicare Part D and its Effect on the Use of Prescription Drugs and Use of Other Health Care  Services of the Elderly.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 31(2):253-279.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

School of Public Policy
4133 CHASS Interdisciplinary South

Tel: (951) 827-5564


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