Catherine G. McLaughlin, Ph.D.

Catherine McLaughlin

Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy

Senior Fellow & Director (Ann Arbor office), Mathematica Policy Research

1415 Washington Heights      Vcard icon
M3108 SPH II
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: (734) 764-9335; Fax: (734) 764-4338


Website(s): Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured (ERIU)

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

Catherine McLaughlin is a Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan. She is also a Senior Fellow at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (MPR) and the director of research for the MPR Ann Arbor office. Dr. McLaughlin is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Social Insurance and a member of the Council on Health Care Economics and Policy. Dr. McLaughlin has studied various health economics topics. She has published numerous articles on the impact of HMOs on market competition and health care costs, the determinants of small area variation in hospital utilization and costs, and issues surrounding the working uninsured. Her current research interests are focused on health insurance coverage, employer, employee, and Medicare beneficiary coverage choice, barriers to access, and health information technology.

Courses Taught

HMP 826: Applied Econometrics in Health Services Research

HMP 827: Advanced Seminar in Health Care Economics


Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980
M.S., Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1978
A.B., Randolph-Macon Woman's College, 1971

Research Interests & Projects

Dr. McLaughlin's current research interests are focused on the uninsured, managed care, market competition, and employer and employee benefit choice.

Selected Publications

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Bagchi, A. D., Stewart, K., McLaughlin, C., Higgins, P., & Croghan, T. (forthcoming). Treatment and outcomes for congestive heart failure by race/ethnicity in TRICARE. Medical Care.

Stewart, K. A., Higgins, P.C., McLaughlin, C.G., Williams, T.V., Granger, E. & Croghan, T.W. (2010). Differences in prevalence, treatment and outcomes of asthma among a diverse population of children with equal access to care: Findings from a study in the military health system. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 720-726.

Gibson, T.B., McLaughlin, C.G., & Smith, D. G. (2010). Generic utilization and cost-sharing for prescription drugs. In Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research, 22, 195-219.

Kullgren, J. T., & McLaughlin, C.G. (2010). Beyond affordability: The impact of nonfinancial barriers on access for uninsured adults in three diverse communities. Journal of Community Health, 35(3), 240-248.

McLaughlin, C. G., Levy, H. & Quinn, B. (2009). Aspects of health reform: Contributions from the Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured.Inquiry, 46(2), 182-186.

Rutledge, M. S., & McLaughlin, C.G. (2008). Hispanics and Health Insurance Coverage: The Rising Disparity Medical Care, 46(10), 1086-1092.

Taylor, E.F., McLaughlin, C.G., Warren, A.W. and Song, P.H. (April, 2006). Who Enrolls in Community-Based Programs for the Uninsured and Why Do They Stay? Health Affairs, Web Exclusive, W173-W182.

Taylor, E.F., Chernew, M.E., and McLaughlin, C.G. (2006). Do Determinants of Medicare Supplemental Coverage Choice Vary by Income? Journal of Health and Social Policy, 1, 1-18.

Cawley, J.H., Chernew, M.E., McLaughlin, C.G. (Fall, 2005). HMO Participation in Medicare Managed Care Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 3, 543-574.

Gibson, T.B., McLaughlin, C.G., Smith, D.G. (2005). A Copayment Increase for Prescription Drugs: The Long-Term and Short-Term Effects on Use and Expenditures. Inquiry, 3, 293-310.

Professional Affiliations

Academy Health
American Economic Association
American Society of Health Economics
International Health Economics Association