Pinar Karaca-Mandic PhD » Faculty

Research Interests:Health insurance benefit design, health care regulations and insurance markets, medical technology diffusion, prescription drugs, medical devices.

Associate Professor, Health Policy & Management

Address Division of Health Policy & Management 420 Delaware Street SE, 15-217 PWB MMC 729 Minneapolis MN 55455 United States Work Phone: 612-624-8953
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Pinar Karaca-Mandic, PhD., is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy and Management. She is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Health Economics and Healthcare programs. She serves as an Associate Editor of Forum for Health Economics and Policy. Her research focuses on health insurance benefit design, health care regulations, insurance markets, pharmaceutical use, and medical technology diffusion. Her research has been published in leading economics, policy and medical journals. Her research has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is the recipient of a KO1 career grant from the National Institutes of Health through which she has been studying physician medical technology adoption. Dr. Karaca-Mandic received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California-Berkeley in 2004, and her B.A, in economics and mathematics from Swarthmore College.


Economics, Health Care Reform, Health Policy & Management, Insurance, Prescription Drugs, Medical Devices

Published Book Chapters/Reports/Editorials:

  • Karaca-Mandic, P., Abraham J., Simon K., Feldman R. “Going into the Affordable Care Act: Measuring the Size, Structure and Performance of the Individual and Small Group Markets for Health Insurance”, forthcoming in the NBER Volume on Modeling and Measuring Healthcare Costs
  • Abraham J., Karaca-Mandic, P., Choi S. “The ABC’s of Children’s Health: Potential Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, forthcoming, Cambridge University Press
  • Abraham J., Karaca-Mandic, P. “The Performance of Private Health Insurers in the Commercial Market”, forthcoming in the Encylopedia of Health Economics, eds. Tony Culyer, Elsevier
  • “Access and Outcomes” – An Editorial and Interview with Pinar Karaca-Mandic on her work exploring the relationship between medical technology and physicians, particularly the analysis of physician competition –featured in International Innovation, The Mechanics of Health, July 2013
  • Karaca-Mandic, P., Abraham J. “Using Data From the National Association of Insurance Commissioners For Health Reform Evaluation”, State Health Reform Assistance Issue Brief, July 2013
  • Karaca-Mandic, P. Lee J. “Trucks and SUVs in the Twin Cities Metro Area: How Dangerous Are They?” Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) Reporter, University of Minnesota, April 2012
  • Kamar E., Karaca-Mandic P., Talley E “Sarbanes-Oxley and Small Firms: What is the Evidence?”, in In the Name of Entrepreneurship?: The Logic and Effects of Special Regulatory Treatment for Small Business, Susan M. Gates and Kristin Leuschner, Eds. DRR-4152-ICJ, 2007
  • Gates S. Kapur K., Karaca-Mandic P. “State Health Insurance Mandates, Consumer Directed Health Plans and Health Savings Accounts: Are They a Panacea for Small Businesses?”, in In the Name of Entrepreneurship?: The Logic and Effects of Special Regulatory Treatment for Small Business, Susan M. Gates and Kristin Leuschner, Eds. DRR-4152-ICJ, 2007