Aparna Soni is an applied microeconomist with a specialization in health economics. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Business Economics and Public Policy department at Indiana University in Bloomington. Aparna's research explores how public policies can improve health outcomes and reduce risky behaviors in the population. Within this broader domain, her work falls into two streams: 1) the relationship between health insurance and health; and 2) policies to address the misuse of prescription opioids. Aparna's work has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, JAMA Oncology, Health Affairs, Journal of Rural Health, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and American Journal of Public Health.

Prior to joining Indiana University, Aparna worked as an economist at IHS Global Insight and as an analyst at the US International Trade Commission. She received her M.A. in economics and B.A. in economics and journalism from Boston University, where she was a recipient of the Trustee Scholarship for academic excellence. You can contact Aparna at

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