Dague, Laura individual record
Associate Professor


Dr. Laura Dague is an associate professor in the Public Service and Administration department in the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University. She earned a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her doctoral fields of study were public economics and labor economics. She is currently a faculty affiliate at the University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty, a Health Policy Research Program Scholar with the Texas A&M School of Public Health, and holds a courtesy appointment in the Texas A&M Department of Economics. She is a Research Associate in the NBER's Health Economics program.

Dr. Dague is an expert on Medicaid and the economics of public health insurance. Her recent publications focus on changes in the Medicaid program and their relation to federal health care reform, including how standalone Medicaid interacts with the Supplemental Security Income program. Current projects continue this work by considering how Medicaid enrollees respond to premiums, how temporary Medicaid coverage affects labor supply, and the effects of expanding Medicaid to nontraditional populations such as low-income adults without dependent children on outcomes such as retirement, mental health, and participation in other programs. Her work has been published in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, JAMA Health Forum, JAMA Network Open, Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Inquiry, and Medicaid and Medicare Research Review.

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Academic Articles20
  • Burns, M. E., Cook, S., Brown, L. M., Dague, L., Tyska, S., Hernandez Romero, K., McNamara, C., & Westergaard, R. P. (2022). Association Between Assistance With Medicaid Enrollment and Use of Health Care After Incarceration Among Adults With a History of Substance Use.. JAMA Netw Open. 5(1), e2142688-e2142688.
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  • Burns, M., Dague, L., Wood, E., & Kennedy, J. (2022). Effects of Medicaid Expansions 2001-2015 on Supplemental Security Income Program Participation Among Childless Adults. JOURNAL OF DISABILITY POLICY STUDIES. 33(3), 199-208.
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  • Kim, N. H., Look, K. A., Dague, L., & Winn, A. N. (2022). Financial burden and medication adherence among near-poor older adults in a pharmaceutical assistance program.. Res Social Adm Pharm. (3), 2517-2523.
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  • Dague, L., Burns, M., & Friedsam, D. (2022). The Line between Medicaid and Marketplace: Coverage Effects from Wisconsin's Partial Expansion.. J Health Polit Policy Law. 47(3), 293-318.
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  • Anand, P., Dague, L., & Wagner, K. L. (2022). The role of paid family leave in labor supply responses to a spouse's disability or health shock.. J Health Econ. 102621-102621.
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Conference Papers1
  • Badaracco, N., Burns, M., & Dague, L (2021). The Effects of Medicaid Coverage on Post-Incarceration Employment and Recidivism. HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH. 56, 24-25.
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Texas A&M University; Public Service And Administration; 4220 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4220