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School of Economic Sciences | WSU Faculty

Bidisha Mandal


Areas of Research

  • Health Economics
  • Health Care Policy
  • Economics of Gender


  • 2020-Present, Professor
  • 2013-2020, Associate Professor
  • 2007-2013, Assistant Professor


  • EconS 506: Mathematics Primer for Economists (Math course for 1st year PhD students)
  • EconS 324: Economics of Health Care (Undergraduate course)

Select Publications

Mandal, B., Brady, M. “The roles of gender and marital status on risky asset allocation decisions”. The Journal of Consumer affairs, Spring 2020, 54(1): 177-197.

Mandal, B. “Avoidable emergency department visits: Differences between Texas and Washington Medicaid enrollees”. Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, Fall 2019, 42(2): 142-166.

Mandal, B. “The effect of paid leave on maternal mental health”. Maternal and Child Health Journal, October 2018, 22(10): 1470-1476.

Mandal, B., Batina, R., Chen, W. “Do gender gaps in education and health affect economic growth? A cross-country study from 1975 to 2010”. Health Economics, May 2018, 27(5): 877-886.

Mandal, B., Lawrence, T. “Managing the commons: How Extension facilitates local participation in the management of natural resources”. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, September 2017, 39(3): 499-515.

Smith, D., Mandal, B., Riddle, L.A., Kerr, S., Atterberry, K.A., Miles, C. “Exploring pulses through
math, science, and nutrition activities”. The Journal of Child Nutrition and Management, Spring
2016, 40(1).

Mandal, B., Roe, B. “Risk tolerance among National Longitudinal Survey of Youth Participants: The effects of age and cognitive skills.” Economica, July 2014, 81(323): 522-543.

Mandal, B., Roe, B., Fein, S. “Work and breastfeeding decisions are jointly determined for higher socioeconomic status U.S. mothers.” Review of Economics of the Household, June 2014, 12(2): 237-257.

Mandal, B., Powell, L. “Child care choices, food intake, and children’s obesity status in the United States.” Economics and Human Biology, July 2014, 14: 50-61.

Hill, L., Rosenman, R., Tennakoon, V., Mandal, B. “Estimating the effects of selection and attrition on prevention program outcomes in non-experimental community disseminations.” Prevention Science, December 2013, 14(6): 557-569.

Wordell, D., Daratha, K., Mandal, B., Bindler, R., Butkus, S. “Changes in a middle school food environment affect food behavior and food choices.” Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, January 2012, 112(1): 137-141.

Mandal, B., Ayyagari, P., Gallo, W. “Job loss and depression: The role of subjective expectations.” Social Science and Medicine, February 2011, 72(4): 576-583.

Mandal, B. “Use of food labels as weight loss behavior.” The Journal of Consumer Affairs, Fall 2010, 44(3): 516-527.

Recent Extension Publications (Peer-Reviewed)

Mandal, B. “Chronic Conditions and Hospitalizations: Findings from a Rural Hospital”. Washington State University Technical Bulletin, March 2019, TB62E.

Mandal, B., Brady, M., Gallardo, K. “Reactions to the employer mandate in Washington State’s labor-intensive agriculture industry.” Washington State University Extension Technical Bulletin, September 2016, TB33.

Mandal, B., Brady, M., Gallardo, K. “Trends in health insurance and health care access in rural Washington.” Washington State University Extension Technical Bulletin, August 2016, TB30E.

Lawrence, T., Mandal, B. “Valuing extension programming at the county level.” Journal of Extension, February 2016, 54(1): Feature Article 1FEA3.

Recent Grants

Medicaid’s non-emergency medical transportation: The critical role of mobility services in accessing behavioral and preventative health care. $40,000. PacTrans-WSU. PI: Mandal, B. (8/2019 – 7/2021).
Role: PI.

Pharmacist care for patients with minor illnesses in Washington State. $534,999. National Association of Chain Drug Stores. PI: Akers, J., Co-I: MacLean, L., Mandal, B. (8/1/2014 – 7/31/2017).

The effect of the Affordable Care Act on health coverage and employment in the agricultural industry in the state of Washington. WSU Emerging Research Issues Internal Grant. $75,914. PI: Mandal, B., Co-PI: Brady, M., Gallardo, K. (1/2014-12/2015).

Rural healthcare: Before and after the Affordable Care Act. WSU Research Initiative in Human Sciences Internal Grant. $47,000. PI: Mandal, B. Co-PI: McCracken, V. (7/2015-6/2017).


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Office Location:
Hulbert 103F
Office Phone:
(509) 335-7553