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Simon, Kosali I.

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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.