Robert Kaestner

Visiting Scholar

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Robert Kaestner is a professor of economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a member of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. He is also a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research. He studies health and labor economics and has conducted research on topics ranging from the effects of Medicaid and private health insurance on infant and child health to the effects of welfare reform on employment, fertility, and health insurance. While at AEI, he will write two short monographs exploring the effects of primary care on overall health and health care costs.


  • Professor, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois 2001-present
  • Professor, Department of Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2001-present
  • Research Associate, 1995-present; Faculty Research Fellow, 1990-95, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Professor, School of Public Affairs and Department of Economics, 1999-2001; Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, 1994-98, Baruch College
  • Professor, 1999-2001; Associate Professor, 1994-98, Department of Economics, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Visiting Professor, 1999-2000; Visiting Associate Professor, 1998-99, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
  • Associate Professor, 1994-97; Assistant Professor, 1989-94, Department of Economics, Rider University
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Lehman College, 1988-89


Ph.D., economics, City University of New York
M.A., economics, State University of New York at Binghamton
B.A., political science and history, State University of New York at Binghamton