Danea Horn is a postdoctoral scholar in Economics at Stanford University. She earned her doctorate in Agriculture and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis in 2021. Prior to that, Danea wrote a book, Chronic Resilience, which was a personal examination of the patient experience. The book tells stories of resilience that demonstrate how seemingly individual experiences with the health care system are fundamentally connected. With an applied economist’s toolkit, Danea's research now focuses on pharmaceutical pricing, health innovation and resource constraints.

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  • Effects of the Colorectal Cancer Control Program HEALTH ECONOMICS Bitler, M. P., Carpenter, C. S., Horn, D. 2021; 30 (11): 2667-2685


    Although colorectal cancer (CRC) screening is highly effective, screening rates lag far below recommended levels, particularly for low-income people. The Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP) funded $100 million in competitively awarded grants to 25 states from 2009-2015 to increase CRC screening rates among low-income, uninsured populations, in part by directly providing and paying for screening services. Using data from the 2001-2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and a difference-in-differences strategy, we find no effects of CRCCP on the use of relatively cheap fecal occult blood tests (FOBT). We do, however, find that the CRCCP significantly increased the likelihood that uninsured 50-64-year-olds report ever having a relatively expensive endoscopic CRC screening (sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy) by 2.9 percentage points, or 10.7%. These effects are larger for women, minorities, and individuals who did not undertake other types of preventive care. We do not find that the CRCCP led to significant changes in CRC cancer detection. Our results indicate that the CRCCP was effective at increasing CRC screening rates among the most vulnerable.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/hec.4397

    View details for Web of Science ID 000680376000001

    View details for PubMedID 34342362

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC8497428

  • Technology Adoption and Market Allocation: The Case of Robotic Surgery Horn, D., Sacarny, A., Zhou, A. National Bureau of Economic Research. 2021 ; NBER Working Paper (29301):
  • Chronic Resilience Horn, D. Conari Press. 2013