Mary K. Bundorf

M. Kate Bundorf
Associate Professor
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MaryK.Bundorf
Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

Research Statement

Professor Bundorf's research focuses on health policy and the economics of health care systems. She has studied public and private health insurance markets, the organization of health care providers, and consumer decision making in health care.

Research Interests

  • Health Economics
  • Insurance
  • Health Insurance

Bio

M. Kate Bundorf is an Associate Professor of Health Research and Policy at the Stanford University School of Medicine.  She is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Bundorf received her M.B.A. and M.P.H. from The University of California at Berkeley and her Ph.D. from The Wharton School.  She was a Fulbright Lecturer at Fudan School of Public Health in Shanghai, China during 2009 and 2010.  Her research, which focuses on health insurance and health policy, has been published in leading economic and health policy journals and has received funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  She received the 13th Annual Health Care Research Award from The National Institute for Health Care Management in 2007. 

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Managerial Science and Applied Economics, Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • MBA, Healthcare Administration, Haas School of Business - University of California at Berkeley, 1996
  • MPH, University of California at Berkeley, 1996

Awards and Honors

  • Fulbright Scholar, Fudan University School of Public Health, 2009-2010
  • Winner of the Thirteenth Annual Health Care Research Award, National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation, 2007
  • Finalist of the Nineteenth Annual Health Care Research Award, National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation, 2013

Publications

Journal Articles

Maigeng Zhou, Shiwei Liu, Mary K. Bundorf, Karen Eggleston, Sen Zhou. Health Affairs. September 2017, Vol. 36, Issue 9, Pages 1672-1678.
Laurence C. Baker, Mary K. Bundorf, Daniel P. Kessler. Journal of Health Economics. December 2016, Vol. 50, Pages 1-8.
Laurence C. Baker, Mary K. Bundorf, Aileen M. Devlin, Daniel P. Kessler. Health Affairs. August 2016, Vol. 35, Issue 8, Pages 1444-1451.
Laurence C. Baker, Mary K. Bundorf, Daniel P. Kessler. Health Affairs. May 2015, Vol. 34, Issue 5.

Other Publications

Suzann Pershing, Christine Pal Chee, Steve M. Asch, Laurence C. Baker, Derek Boothroyd, Todd H. Wagner, Mary K. Bundorf. Health Affairs. February 2015, Vol. 34, Issue 2, Pages 229-238.

Working Papers

Expanding Patients’ Property Rights In Their Medical Records | PDF
Laurence C. Baker, Mary K. Bundorf, Daniel P. Kessler, October 2014

Teaching

Degree Courses

2018-19

This course provides the legal, institutional, and economic background necessary to understand the financing and production of health services in the US. Potential topics include: health reform, health insurance (Medicare and Medicaid, employer-...

2017-18

This course provides the legal, institutional, and economic background necessary to understand the financing and production of health services in the US. Potential topics include: health reform, health insurance (Medicare and Medicaid, employer-...

2016-17

This course provides the legal, institutional, and economic background necessary to understand the financing and production of health services in the US. Potential topics include: health reform, health insurance (Medicare and Medicaid, employer-...

Stanford Case Studies

Massachusetts Eye and Ear: Deciding Whether to Join Partners HealthCare | P92
Pathipati, Akhilesh S, Bundorf, Mary K2016

Service to the Profession

  • National Bureau of Economic Research, Faculty Research Fellow, Health Care Program, 2000 to present

Insights by Stanford Business

April 19, 2016
Consumer-directed health plans were created to offer choice and control costs. One scholar examines their effectiveness.
June 29, 2015
High fees for your own medical records can be a barrier to switching.
June 5, 2015
Stanford researchers find that vertically integrated healthcare systems charge higher prices.
May 22, 2015
Money matters, but it’s only one part of a complex system of influences.