Kathryn Wagner

Kathryn  Wagner
Kathryn WagnerMarquette University

O'Brien Hall, 240E

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3409
Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor of Economics

Dr. Wagner joined Marquette University in 2015. She received her Ph.D. and MA in economics from the University of Notre Dame and her BA in economics and management and mathematics from Albion College. Dr. Wagner's research interest include health economics and public economics. Some examples of her work include the effects of Medicaid expansions for the disabled on the crowd-out of private health insurance and hospital cost-shifting behavior. She has also done work investigating the effect of the Great Recession on public K-12 education. 


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Notre Dame, May 2015
  • M.A., Economics, University of Notre Dame, August 2013
  • B.A., Economics and Mathematics (with honors), Albion College, summa cum laude, May 2010

Professional Interests

  • Health Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Applied Microeconomics

Selected Publications

Wagner, K., Szabo, A., Zheng, C., Okunseri, E., & Okunseri, C. “Billed and Paid Amounts for Preventive Procedures in Dental Medicaid.” JDR Clinical & Translational Research. 2019.

Evans, William N., Schwab, Robert M., and Wagner, Kathryn L. “The Great Recession and Public Education.” Education Finance and Policy. 2019. 14(2) 298-326.

Wagner, Kathryn L. “Shock, But No Shift: Hospitals’ Responses to Changes in Patient Insurance Mix.” Journal of Health Economics. 2016. 49: 46-58.

Wagner, K.L. (2015) Medicaid expansions for the working age disabled: Revisiting the crowd-out of private health insurance. Journal of Health Economics, 40, 69-8