Health Care Access & Coverage

LDI Research Seminar with Laura Wherry, PhD

Multigenerational Impacts of Childhood Access to the Safety Net: Early Life Exposure to Medicaid and the Next Generation’s Health

12:00p.m. – 1:20p.m. ET November 19, 2021 Hybrid Event

In-Person: Colonial Penn Center Auditorium, 3641 Locust Walk | Virtual: Attendees may attend via Zoom

Join Laura Wherry, PhD as she discusses her recent work on the multi-generational impacts of a targeted expansion in Medicaid prenatal eligibility for low-income pregnant women in the 1980s.  Her findings show health benefits for the offspring of the cohorts who gained in utero eligibility, documenting long-reaching returns to this early life health intervention.

Laura Wherry, PhD is Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Service at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Her research focuses on the changing role of the Medicaid program and its impact on access to health care and health. Her recent work examines the early effects of the ACA’s  Medicaid expansions, as well as the longer-term effects of several large expansions in Medicaid targeting low-income pregnant women and children in the 1980s and 1990s. She holds a BA from the College of William and Mary and a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE).


Laura Wherry

Laura Wherry, PhD

Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Service, New York University

Requirements for In-Person Attendance

In accordance with Penn’s Public Health Guidance, the following requirements will apply to this event: