Christine Eibner is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and director of RAND COMPARE, a project that uses economic modeling to predict how individuals and employers will respond to major health care policy changes. She is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Eibner currently leads several projects related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including a study for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that will assist state Medicaid programs with income counting and federal matching assistance percentage calculations, given changes set forth in the ACA. Previously, Eibner led projects for the U.S. Department of Labor to assess the implications of the ACA for employers. As part of this work, she evaluated the possibility that firms might strategically avoid regulation (e.g., by self-insuring).
Eibner's research has been published in major health policy journals, including Health Affairs, Health Services Research, and The New England Journal of Medicine. She was recently featured in a panel discussion organized by The Wall Street Journal that considered employers' responses to the ACA. Eibner earned her bachelor's degree in English and economics from the College of William and Mary and her doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.