Barbara Schone is Teaching Professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy. She also serves as the Faculty Director of the MPP program and as a Faculty Advisor for the Baker Center. She has been affiliated with Georgetown since 1998. At McCourt she teaches core classes in Microeconomics and Quantitative Methods and elective courses related to Health Demand. She has received the Leslie Whittington Teaching Award on several occasions.
Professor Schone is an applied microeconomist, and her primary research interests relate to the economics of the family and health economics. She has a longstanding interest in using game theoretic models to understand how families make caregiving decisions. She has also studied the role of family structure and the impact of divorce on caregiving decisions. Throughout her research she has used creative economic modeling and sophisticated econometric analyses to further our understanding of family decisions. In addition, Professor Schone has conducted research on employment-sponsored health insurance and the economics of obesity. She has investigated patterns of insurance access and take-up trends, the impact of state small group reforms on health insurance coverage and the factors that affect families’ decisions regarding health insurance more generally.
Her work has been published in a variety of journals including Demography, Health Affairs, Inquiry, the Journals of Gerontology, Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics and Review of Economics of the Household. In 1996, she received the New Investigator Award for Excellence in Research in Aging and Disability from the Gerontological Health Section of the American Public Health Association. Professor Schone received her doctorate in economics at the University of Virginia, where she was an Alfred P. Sloan Doctoral Dissertation Fellow.