Ph.D. SUNY-Stony Brook
Research Areas:Aging, Health Economics, Public Finance
Office:Bunche Hall 9268
Kathleen McGarry is a Professor of Economics at UCLA and a Research Associate at the NBER. She was previously a Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College and served as a Senior Economist at the White House. She has had fellowships from the Brookdale Foundation and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Professor McGarry’s research focuses on the well-being of the elderly with particular attention paid to public and private transfers, including the Medicare and SSI programs, and the transfer of resources within families. Her research combines work on the financial aspects of aging with issues related to health economics to examine insurance coverage among the elderly. She has studied the long term care, health, and life insurance markets, as well as the role played by families in providing insurance for their least well-off members. Professor McGarry’s current work analyzes the importance of end of life medical expenses, particularly expenses associated with nursing homes and home health care, and differences in spending by disability status.