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School of Economic Sciences | WSU Faculty

Bidisha Mandal


Research Interest

  • Health Economics
  • Health Care Policy
  • Economics of Gender


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

Current Teaching

  • EconS 526: Mathematical Economics with Applications
  • EconS 701: Master’s Independent Capstone Project

Recent Publications

Mandal, B., Porto, N., Cho, S.H., Kiss, E., Saboe-Wounded Head, L. “Health insurance coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic: The role of Medicaid expansion”. Accepted, Journal of Consumer Affairs.

Mandal, B. “Rural-Urban differences in health care access and utilization under the Medicaid expansion”. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, June 2022, 44(2): 702-721.

Mandal, B. “Mask mandate’s effect on job loss expectation and mental health in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic”. Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, March 2022, 25(1): 21-34.

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).

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. (1/2015 – 6/2019).


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