Department ofEconomics

Karen M. Travis

Karen M. Travis

Associate Professor

253-535-7684 (office)



Teaching Areas: Health Economics, Econometrics, and Introductory Statistics

Research Interests: Physician Payment, Access to Health Care, Prenatal Care Productivity, and Economics Education


B.S., University of Puget Sound, 1986

Ph.D., University of Washington, 1995


Karen Travis is currently working with student Amy Spieker ('09)on using econometric modeling to assess the productivity of prenatal care on infant birthweight. Her prior work focuses on access to health care as affected by the payment mechanisms to providers. In particular, she has published work on health care access for pregnant Medicaid women (Economic Inquiry), indigent hypertensive patients (Journal of Pharmaceutical Finance, Economics, and Policy) and inpatient psychiatric patients. (American Journal of Psychiatry). Her primary teaching areas include econometrics, health economics, and the senior undergraduate research seminar. Prior to completing her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Washington, she completed her B.S. with honors in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Puget Sound. She was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas before coming to Pacific Lutheran University in 1998.