Kosali Simon
Prof Asst

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Current Activities

Current Professional Activities
Kosali Simon holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park. She joined the department in the Fall of 2001. She is also a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Research Associate of the Census Bureau.

Current Research Activities
Her main research focus is the economic effects of state and federal policies in private and public insurance markets. She also studies health and health insurance impacts of other social policies, and determinants of health more broadly. 

Current Extension Activities
Cornell University Resource Education on Medicare Part D (CURxED) is an extension program that I started in 2006 to provide community education about the options available to seniors through the Medicare prescription drug program.
Further information on the activities we have accomplished this year is available at http://curxed.human.cornell.edu/

(Note: I filled this section out, but I do not hold a formal extension appointment; hope that is ok)


Biographical Statement
Kosali Simon is an assistant professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. She is also a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Associate of the Census Bureau. She is the 2007 Recipient of the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators (Given by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration).
Kosali's primary field is health economics. Her research investigates the impact of state and federal regulations attempting to ease the availability of private and public health insurance for vulnerable populations (through state 'small-group' reforms, public health insurance expansions, Medigap rate regulations and adding prescription drug coverage to Medicare) on health insurance, health and labor market outcomes. As examples of other work on the economics of health insurance, she has investigated the effect of factors such as unemployment, involuntary job loss, and minimum wage laws on health insurance. A secondary research focus is the determinants of health and care use, e.g. she has studied the income elasticity of demand for prescription medications. Kosali's research appears in Health Services Research, Industrial Labor Relations Review, Inquiry, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, Risk Management and Insurance Review, and Southern Journal of Economics. Kosali received her PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Courses, Websites, Pubs

Courses Taught
PAM 437: Economics of Health Policy
PAM 567: Health Policy

Related Websites

Burkhauser, R. and K. Simon. " Who Gets What From Employer Pay or Play Mandates?"Forthcoming. Risk Management & Insurance Review, 2008

Simon, K. "Data Needs for Policy Research on State-Level Health Insurance Markets", forthcoming, Inquiry/ Volume 45, Spring 2008.

Gruber, Jonathan, and Kosali Simon, "Crowd-Out Ten Years Later: Have Recent Public Insurance Expansions Crowded Out Private Health Insurance?" Forthcoming, Journal of Health Economics

Simon, K., S. Tennyson and J. Hudman, "Do State Cost Control Policies Reduce Medicaid Prescription Drug Spending?" Forthcoming. Risk Management & Insurance Review, 2008

Kapur, Kanika, Jose Escarce, Susan Marquis and Kosali Simon. “Where Do The Sick Go? Health Insurance and Employment in Small and Large Firms”. Forthcoming, Southern Economic Journal.

Bundorf, K. and K. Simon ,2006.“The Impact of Rate Regulation on Access to Supplemental Health Insurance.” American Economic Review, May 2006 vol 96 (2) pp.67-71 (Papers and Proceedings).

Moran, J. and K. Simon 2006. “Income and the Use of Prescription Drugs by the Elderly: Evidence from the Notch Cohorts” Journal of Human Resources, February 2006 41(2): 411–432.

Buchmueller, T., P.Cooper, K. Simon and J.Vistnes.2006. “The Effect of SCHIP Expansions on Health Insurance Decisions by Employers”. Inquiry Vol. 42, No. 3, pp. 218–231..

Cawley, J., M. Schroeder and K. Simon. 2006. “How Did Welfare Reform Affect the Health Insurance Coverage of Women and Children?” Health Services Research 41 (2).

Cawley, J., and Simon, K.I. (2005). "Health insurance coverage and the macroeconomy", Journal of Health Economics, 24: 299-315. 

Buchmueller, T., Cooper,P., Simon, K., and Vistnes, J. (2005). “The Effect of SCHIP Expansions on Health Insurance Decisions by Employers”, Inquiry, 42 

Cooper, P., K. Simon and J. Vistnes. 2006. “A Closer Look at the Managed Care ‘Backlash’”., Medical Care 44 (5)

Simon, K. (2005). “Adverse Selection in Health Insurance Markets: Evidence from State Small-Group Health Insurance Reforms”. Journal of Public Economics, 89:1865-1877. 

Jones, D. and Simon, K. (2005). “Wage Determination under Plan and Early Transition: Bulgarian Evidence using Matched Employer-Employee Data”, Journal of Comparative Economics, 33: 227-243. 

Simon, K. (2004).“What have we learned from research on small-group insurancereforms?” in Alan C Monheit and Joel Cantor (Eds.) State Health Insurance Market Reform.NY: Routledge. 

Kaestner, R. and Simon,K. (2002). “Labor Market Consequences of State Health Insurance Reforms”. Industrial Labor Relations Review, 56,(1):136-160. 

Simon, K. (2001). "Displaced Workers and Employer-Provided Health Insurance: Evidence of a Wage/Fringe Benefit Tradeoff?" International Journal of
Health Care Finance and Economics, 

Evans, W., Levy, H. and Simon, K. (2000).“Research Data in Health Economics”, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 14(4): 203-216.