Robert Kaestner

Professor; Institute of Government and Public Affairs

Ph.D., City of University of New York, 1988

Fields of Interest : 
Health, Labor, Social Policy, Econometrics

Selected Publications:
Gordon, Rachel A., Fujimoto, Ken, Kaestner, Robert and Sanders Korenman. (first posting). “An Assessment of the Validity of the ECERS-R with Implications for Measures of Child Care Quality and Relations to Child Development.” Developmental Psychology, Apr 2 , 2012, No Pagination Specified. doi: 10.1037/a0027899

Gordon, Rachel A., Robert Kaestner, Sanders Korenman, and Kristin Abner. 2011. "The Child and Adult Care Food Program: Who is Served and Why?" Social Service Review 85 (3): 359-400. Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize for the best publication in Social Services Review 2012

Kaestner, Robert and Nasreen Khan. 2012. Medicare Part D and its Effect on the Use of Prescription Drugs and Use of Other Health Care Services of the Elderly.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 31(2):253-279

Kaestner, Robert and Benjamin Yarnoff. 2011. The Long Term Effects of Minimum Legal Drinking Age Laws on Adult Alcohol Use and Traffic Fatalities. Journal of Law and Economics 54:365-38

Kaestner, Robert and Kevin Callison. 2011. “Adolescent Cognitive and Non-cognitive Correlates of Adult Health" Journal of Human Capital Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 29-69.

Kaestner, Robert and Jeffrey Silber. 2010. “Evidence on the Efficacy of Inpatient Spending on Medicare Patients.” Milbank Quarterly 88(4): 560-594. Article of the Year 2011, AcademyHealth

Zhao, Zhenxiang and Robert Kaestner. 2010. “Effects of Urban Sprawl on Obesity.” Journal of Health Economics. 29(6):779-787

Recent External Research Support:
Principal Investigator. “Does Part D Prescription Coverage Improve Health and Reduce Inpatient Use?” National Institute of Aging (NIH), 08/15/2012 – 07/31/2015

Investigator (Natalie Colabianchi, PI). “Effects of Built Environment, Crime and Food Prices on Obesity: Using the MTO Experiment.” National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), 10/09-9/12

Investigator (Rachel Gordon, PI). “Domain Specific Child Care Quality and Child Health and Development” National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), 12/09-11/12

Investigator (Rachel Gordon, PI), “Specific Aspects of Quality that Support Children's School Readiness in Community-Based and School-Based Early Childhood Programs.” Department of Education, 5/08-4/11

Principal Investigator (with Neeraj Kaushal). “Effect of Nurse Immigration on Employment and Earnings of US Nurses. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), 11/08-10/11

Principal Investigator (with Anthony LoSasso). Youth Alcohol, Tobacco and Marijuana Use: Effects of Hours of Work and Wages. National Institute of Alcohol, Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH), 3/08-2/10

Other Significant Accomplishments:
Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research

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