Research

Working Papers

Exposure to Cigarette Taxes as a Teenager and the Persistence of Smoking into Adulthood. With Andrew Friedson, Moyan Li, Katherine Meckel, and Daniel I. Rees. September, 2021

How do national chains respond to local cost shocks? With R. Andrew Butters and Boyoung Seo. August, 2021. Revised version resubmitted to American Economic Review

Cigarette Taxes, Smoking, and Health in the Long Run. With Andrew Friedson, Moyan Li, Katherine Meckel, and Daniel I. Rees. August, 2021.

Blind Disclosure. With Aaron Kolb, Marilyn Pease, and Joshua Quick. May, 2021. Revised version resubmitted to AEJ: Microeconomics

Financial Transaction Costs Reduce Benefit Take-Up: Evidence from Zero-Premium Health Plans in Colorado. With Coleman Drake, Sih-Ting Cai, and David Anderson. May, 2021. SSRN Version.

What can we learn about SARS-CoV-2 prevalence from testing and hospital data? With Nir Menachemi, Peter Embi, and Coady Wing. March, 2021. Revisions requested, Review of Economics and Statistics

Why do retail prices fall during seasonal demand peaks? With R. Andrew Butters and Boyoung Seo. June, 2020. Revisions requested, RAND Journal of Economics

Publications

How do insurance firms respond to financial risk-sharing regulations? With Khoa Vu, Tsan-Yao Huang, and Pinar Karaca-Mandic. May, 2020. Accepted, Health Economics

Can policy affect initiation of addictive substance use? Evidence from opioids. With Alex Hollingsworth, Thuy Nguyen, and Kosali Simon. Journal of Health Economics, 76, March 2021.

Using Non-Linear Budget Sets to Estimate Extensive Margin Responses: Method and Evidence from the Social Security Earnings Test. With Alex Gelber, Damon Jones, and Jae Song. AEJ: Applied Economics, 13(4), September, 2021: 150-193.

Does the individual mandate affect insurance coverage? Evidence from tax returns. With Brad Heim and Ithai Lurie. AEJ: Economic Policy, 13(2), May 2021: 378-407.

The Employment Effects of the Social Security Earnings Test. With Alex Gelber, Damon Jones, and Jae Song. September, 2019. Forthcoming, Journal of Human Resources. Replication package

Same Game, Different Names: Cream-skimming in the Post-ACA Individual Health Insurance Market. With Jean Abraham, Coleman Drake, and Kosali Simon. Inquiry, 57 (2020): 1-9.

Estimating Earnings Adjustment Frictions: Method and Evidence from the Social Security Earnings Test. AEJ: Applied Economics, 12(1), January 2020: 1-31 (Lead Article). With Alex Gelber and Damon Jones.

Intertemporal substitution in Health Care Demand: Evidence from the RAND Health Insurance Experiment. With Haizhen Lin. July, 2019. Journal of Public Economics, 175: 29-43.

Why Do HMOs spend Less? Patient Selection, Physician Price Sensitivity, and Prices.  Journal of Public Economics. 2018, 168: 146-161.

The Health Insurance Marketplaces. JAMA (Viewpoint). Available online July 9, 2018.

Demand for Health Insurance Marketplace Plans was Highly Elastic in 2014-2015Economics Letters. 2017, 159: 69-73. With Jean Abraham, Coleman Drake, and Kosali Simon.

The New Stylized Facts About Income and Subjective Well-Being. Emotion, 12(6) 1181-1187, December 2012. With Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers.

Subjective Well-Being, Income, Economic Development and GrowthDevelopment Challenges in a Post-Crisis World, World Bank ABCDE Conference Volume, 2010. With Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers.