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Aparna Soni Assistant Professor Department of Public Administration and Policy

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(202) 885-3777 (Office)
SPA - Public Admin and Policy
School of Public Affairs Kerwin Hall - 335
PhD, Business Economics and Public Policy, Indiana University (2019)

MA, Economics, Boston University (2011) BA, Economics and Journalism, Boston University (2011)

Aparna Soni is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. She studies the impacts of public programs and policies on individuals’ health. Two particular areas of research interests are: 1) the economics of risky health behaviors; and 2) the relationship between health insurance, health, and broader public program participation. Her work has been published in journals such as Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, JAMA Oncology, and Health Affairs.

Aparna completed her PhD in Business Economics and Public Policy at Indiana University in Bloomington. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked as an economist at IHS Global Insight and as an analyst at the US International Trade Commission.
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

  1. Simon, Kosali, Aparna Soni, & John Cawley. (2017). “The Impact of Health Insurance on Preventive Care and Health Behaviors: Evidence from the First Two Years of the ACA Medicaid Expansions.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 36(2), 390-417. (Link)
  2. Decker, Sandra, Asako Moriya, & Aparna Soni. (2018). “Coverage For Self-Employed and Others without Employer Offers Increased After 2014.” Health Affairs, 37(8), 1238-1242. (Link)
  3. Soni, Aparna, Lindsay Sabik, Kosali Simon, & Benjamin Sommers. (2018). “Changes in Insurance Coverage Among Cancer Patients After the Affordable Care Act.” JAMA Oncology, 4(1), 122-124. (Link)
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Grants and Sponsored Research

  1. Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy - “Reducing Health Disparities among People Diagnosed with Cancer: The Role of Public Health Insurance Expansions”
  2. National Bureau of Economic Research, Center for Aging & Health Research - “Effects of Increasing Pharmaceutical Access on Elderly People’s Functional Outcomes and Implications for Caregivers”

Research Interests

Health economics; Health policy