Rachel Kreier, Ph.D.

Rachel Kreier, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Economics LI
Social Sciences LI


Long Island

  • 631.687.4575
  • O'Connor Hall, Room E112


Ph.D., Economics, Stony Brook University

B.A., Government and Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University


Dr. Kreier joined St. Joseph’s Department of Social Sciences in the fall of 2014. Before that, she taught in Hofstra University’s economics department and master’s of health administration program. In her varied career, she has been a health rights activist, union staff member, editor, health reporter, graduate student and health economist. As a reporter in the 1990s, she covered the changing American health care industry, focusing on the formation of hospital-based health care systems in reaction to the increasing penetration of managed care, and on the debate over health care reform. She returned to graduate school in 1999, earning a Ph.D. in economics from the University at Stony Brook in 2005. Since completing her doctorate, her research has focused on the role of socioeconomic status in health care markets. She and co-author B. Sengupta were awarded the Atlantic Economic Journal 2011 Best Article Award for their paper, “A dynamic model of health plan choice from a real options perspective.”

Select Publications

“Moral Hazard: It’s the Supply Side, Stupid.” World Affairs Journal, June 1, 2019, vol. 182, no. 2.

“Income, Health, and the Value of Preserving Options,” with B. Sengupta (Iona College) Atlantic Economic Journal, Dec, 2015, vol. 43, no. 4.

“A Dynamic Model of Health Plan Choice from a Real Options Perspective,” with B. Sengupta (Hofstra University) Atlantic Economic Journal, Dec, 2011.

“Health Insurance in Switzerland: A Closer Look at a System Often Offered as a Model for the United States,” with P. Zweifel (University of Zurich). Hofstra Law Review, vol. 39, no. 1 (Fall, 2010): 89-110.

“Economic Theory and Political Reality: Managed Competition and U.S. Health Policy.” Politics & Policy, vol. 34, no. 3 (Sept., 2006): 579-605.

Current research activities:

“Technology Use: Too Much of a Good Thing?” with Debra Dwyer and Maria  Sanmartin. Under review.

“Problematic Users? Characteristics of Young Adults at Risk for Smartphone Dependence and Addiction,” with M. Sanmartin (Hofstra University), S. Brown (SUNY Korea), D. Dwyer (Stony Brook University), and M. Whitaker (SUNY Korea). Under review.

“Cross-National Evidence on the Rationality of Smartphone Use,” with M. Sanmartin (Hofstra University), S. Brown (SUNY Korea), D. Dwyer (Stony Brook University), and M. Whitaker (SUNY Korea). Draft stage.