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Erin Kaplan - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Erin Kaplan Erin Kaplan

Senior Instructor of Economics | Loyola Marymount University


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts


Erin Kaplan is an applied microeconomist, who earned her PhD from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2011. Her research interests span the fields of labor economics, health economics, urban development, and the economics of education. Much of her work focuses on how public policy impacts the well-being of individuals and communities. She also works to translate academic research into useful and practical knowledge for communities, non-profits, governments, and policy makers. To that end, she has collaborated with a variety of local, regional, and national organizations, and her research has been funded by The Urban Child Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the National Institutes of Health.

Education (4)

University of California, Santa Barbara: PhD, Economics 2011

University of California, Santa Barbara: MA, Economics 2008

University of Kansas: BA, Mathematics 2005

University of Kansas: BA, Economics 2005


Areas of Expertise (5)

Labor Economics

Health Economics

Education Economics

Urban Economics

Public Policy

Affiliations (4)

  • American Economic Association (AEA)
  • International Health Economics Association (iHEA)
  • American Society of Health Economists (ASHE)
  • Western Economic Association (WEA)

Event Appearances (10)

Education Policy and Urban Housing Markets

Department of Economics, Loyola Marymount University  Los Angeles, CA, October 2018

Maternal Employment, Pregnancy, and Infant Health

Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research, USC Keck School of Medicine  Los Angeles, CA, March 2018

The Effect of School Quality on Housing Prices: Evidence from Changes in the Shelby County School System

American Economic Association ASSA Meetings  Chicago, IL, January 2017

Labor Market Impacts of the Affordable Care Act

Tennessee Empirical Applied Microeconomics Festival  University of Tennessee, May 2016

“The Impact of Cyclical Unemployment on Maternal and Infant Health: Evidence from the CANDLE Study

Eastern Economic Association Conference  Washington, DC, February 2016

Labor Market Impacts of the Affordable Care Act: Evidence from 2014

International Health Economics Association World Congress  Milan, Italy, July 2015

The Impact of Cyclical Unemployment on Maternal and Infant Health: Evidence from the CANDLE Study

Urban Child Institute  Memphis, TN, January 2015

The Impact of Cyclical Unemployment on Maternal and Infant Health: Evidence from the CANDLE Study

International Health Economics Association / European Conference on Health Economics World Congress  Dublin, Ireland, July 2014

Early Onset Mood Disorders, Human Capital Accumulation, and Labor Market Outcomes in Early Adulthood

American Society of Health Economists  Los Angeles, CA, June 2014

Please See CV for a complete listing of Event Appearances.

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Research Grants (5)

“ACA Tobacco Surcharge: Affordability and Enrollment among Tobacco Users

American Cancer Society 

2018, Supervised two undergraduate students as they completed data analyses and prepared manuscripts for publication.

“Interprofessional Approach to Developing a Diverse Workforce Ready to Address Emerging Technologies in Occupational Health and Safety

National Institutes of Health 

2017-2020, Institutional PI – developed a workshop on the economics of emerging technologies and occupational health.

Economic Impact Analysis of Teen Births in Shelby County

A Step Ahead Foundation 

2017, Consultant – prepared a cost-benefit analysis of providing long acting reversible birth control to prevent teen pregnancy.

“Effect of Dementia Caregiver Interventions on Healthcare Cost

National Institutes of Health 

2015, Co-investigator – responsible for data analysis for the REACH II intervention.

The Impact of Cyclical Unemployment on Maternal and Infant Health

The Urban Child Institute, 

2014, Principal Investigator – led independent analysis of the impact of community unemployment on birth outcomes.

Courses (3)

Introductory Economics

ECON 1050

Intermediate Microeconomics

ECON 3100

Economics in Everyday Life

FFYS 1000

Articles (12)

Healthcare in the Developing World

Chapter in Behavioral and Social Science in Medicine: Principles and Practice of Biophychosocial Care

Erin K. Kaplan


Pricing Uncertainty in Wine Markets following the Rudy Kurniawan Scandal

Journal of Wine Research

with Emily Fougere and Courtney A. Collins


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Three years in – changing plan features in the U.S. health insurance marketplace

BMC Health Services Research

with Caitlin N. McKillop, Cameron M. Kaplan, Michael P. Thompson, Teresa M. Waters, Ilana Greatz

2018, 18(1): 450

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Capitalization of School Quality in Housing Prices: Evidence from Boundary Changes in Shelby County, Tennessee

American Economic Review

Collins, Courtney A., Kaplan, Erin K.

107(5): 628-32. May, 2017

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Cyclical Unemployment and Infant Health

Economics & Human Biology

Kaplan, Erin K., Collins, Courtney A., Tylavsky, Frances A.

27PA: 281-288. November 2017

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Three Years In - How Rising Premiums and Instability in the U.S. Health Insurance Marketplace May Affect the Frequency of Plan Switching Among Cost-Conscious Consumers

BMC Health Services Research

McKillop, Caitlin N., Kaplan, Cameron M., Kaplan Erin K., Thompson, Michael P., Waters, Teresa M., Greatz, Ilana

18(1):450. June 2018

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Impact of the REACH II and REACH VA Dementia Caregiver Interventions on Healthcare Costs

Journal of American Geriatrics Society

Nichols, Linda O., Martindale-Adams, Jennifer, Zhu, Carolyn, Kaplan, Erin K., Zuber, Jeff, Waters, Teresa M.

65: 931-936. March 2017

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Economic Analyses of an Alcohol Misconduct Prevention Program in a Military Setting

Military Medicine

Li, Tao, Waters, Teresa M., Kaplan, Erin K., Kaplan, Cameron M., Nyarko, Kwame A., Derefinko, Karen J., Talcott,, Gerald W., Klesges, Robert C.

182(1):1562-1567. January 2017

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Hospital Volume and Acute Myeloid Leukemia Mortality in Medicare Beneficiaries Aged 65 and Older


Thompson, Michael P., Waters, Teresa M., Kaplan, Erink K., McKillop, Caitlin N., Martin, Mike G.

128(6):872-874. 2016

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Medication Therapy Management and Adherence among US Renal Transplant Recipients

Patient Preference and Adherence

Chisholm-Burns, Marie A., Spivey, Christina A., Tolley, Elizabeth A., Kaplan, Erin K.

10:703-709. April 2016

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The U.S. Health Insurance Marketplace; Are Premiums Truly Affordable?

Anals of Internal Medicine

Graetz, Ilana, Kaplan, Cameron M., Kaplan, Erin, K., Baily, James E., Waters, Teresa M.,

161(8):599-604. October 2014.

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Please see CV

for a complete listing of articles