Dr. Daniela Zapata

Dr. Zapata (Ph.D. Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro) has extensive training in applied econometrics, particularly quasi-experimental methods and their applications to evaluation and policy analysis.

While at IMPAQ Dr. Zapata’s work has focused on the development of comparison group methodologies and approaches to measure spillover effects. That has been part of Dr. Zapata’s responsibilities while working on CMS’s Evaluation of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Model 1 Initiative and the Evaluation of Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration Program–Phase 2. On the End-stage Renal Disease Implementation and Beneficiary Alignment Consulting Support project, she is part of the team that designed the methodology to measure financial performance of End Stage Renal Disease Care Initiative.

Dr. Zapata is also leading the Impact and Implementation Evaluation for Colombia under contract with the Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs. This project is evaluating the impact and implementation of Workers’ Rights Centers in Colombia, whose overarching objectives are to raise awareness of workers’ rights and improve workers’ abilities to protect and claim their labor rights.

In addition to her quantitative evaluation work, Dr. Zapata’s research has been published in leading journals such as the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Review of Economics of the Household, and World Development. The topics of these investigations include the estimation of the effects of the Massachusetts health care reform on health, the examination of food assistance programs on family routines, and the analysis of child labor and schooling in Bolivia. Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Zapata worked for the Division of Gender at United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean developing quantitative indicators to track gender equality in countries across the region.

IMPAQ Papers and Presentations

Zapata, D., Courtemanche, C., Marton, J., Ukert, B. & Yelowitz, A. (2016, November). Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage in Medicaid Expansion and Non-Expansion States. Presentation at the APPAM Fall Research Conference, Washington, DC.

Courtemanche, C. & Zapata, D. (2014). Universal health insurance and mortality: Evidence from Massachusetts. Presentation at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Ribar, D. C. & Zapata, D. (2014). Food assistance and family routines in three American cities. Review of Economics of the Household, 1-16.

Courtemanche, C. & Zapata, D. (2013). Does universal coverage improve health? The Massachusetts experience. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 33(1), 36-69.