Pinar Karaca-Mandic, PhD

Health Data Science
Pinar Karaca-Mandic

15-217 Phillips-Wangensteen Building
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

I investigate how changes in policy and insurance programs affect people's lives, including how they access health care, their prescriptions, and care. My research focuses on health insurance benefit design, health care regulations, insurance markets, pharmaceutical use, and medical technology diffusion. 



Management & economics, methods, health insurance, health economics, medical technology, health care markets, regulation, pharmaceuticals 


Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management

Core Faculty, Institute for Health Informatics

PhD, Economics, University of California-Berkeley, 2004

BA, Economics and Mathematics, Swarthmore College

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Research Funding Grants

  • 2016–2017, NIH NHLBI, "Diffusion of Clinical Evidence into Practice: Physician Networks, Delivery Organizations, and Markets," Principal Investigator
  • 2015–2020, NIH NICHHD, "Integrated Health Interview Series Competing Continuation," Co-Investigator


See a full list of publications on PubMed

Select Recent Publications

  • Karaca-Mandic P, Wilcock A, Baum L, Barry CL, Fowler EF, Niederdeppe J, Gollust SE. "The Volume of TV Advertisements During The ACA's First Enrollment Period was Associated with Increased Insurance Coverage," Health Affairs, April 2017
  • Karaca-Mandic P, Jena AB, Ross JS. "Health and Health Care Use Among Individuals at Risk to Lose Health Insurance With Repeal of the Affordable Care Act," JAMA Internal Medicine, Jan 2017
  • Jena AB, Goldman D, Karaca-Mandic P. "Hospital Prescribing of Opioids to Medicare Beneficiaries," JAMA Internal Medicine, July 2016
  • Karaca-Mandic P, Town RJ, Wilcock A. "The Effect of Physician and Hospital Market Structure on Medical Technology Diffusion," Health Services Research, May 2016
  • Karaca-Mandic P, Fulton BD, Hollingshead A, Scheffler RM. "States with stronger health insurance rate review authority experienced lower premiums in the individual market in 2010-13," Health Affairs, Aug 2015



  • PubH 6557, Health Finance I
  • PubH 6845, Using Demographic Data for Policy Analysis


In The News

SPH News

In the Media

  • "Trump is now in charge of making Obamacare work. What could go wrong?" Vox
  • "Study finds link between TV ads and ACA coverage," Star Tribune
  • "Another astronomical drug hike: Price of opioid antidote leaps 600%," USA Today
  • "Poor, chronically sick, unemployed most likely to lose coverage if ACA repealed, study finds," ABC News
  • "Haste in jettisoning Obamacare will invite chaos," (Commentary) Star Tribune