I'm an applied microeconomist.

My research is on health economics, labor economics, and public policy.

At the University of Kansas, I'm affiliated with the Department of Economics, the Department of Population Health (by courtesy), and the Institute for Policy & Social Research.

I'm also a Research Fellow at IZA - Institute for Labor Economics in Bonn, Germany.


Peer Reviewed Publications

"Children’s Health and Income: Evolution of the Gradient" (with Conner Falke), forthcoming in Applied Economics Letters.

"The Impact of the Flint Water Crisis on Fertility" (with Dan Grossman), forthcoming in Demography.

Selected Press: KU TodayBusiness InsiderCBS NewsThe Daily MailThe Detroit Free PressThe EconomistEsquireThe Huffington PostPBS NewsThe Real News NetworkWait Wait...Don't Tell Me!The Washington Postand WURD.

"The Impact of Women’s Health Clinic Closures on Fertility" (with Yao Lu),  American Journal of Health Economics, 2019, 5(3): 334–359.

"Did UberX Reduce Ambulance Volume?" (with Leon Moskatel), Health Economics, 2019, 28(7): 817–829.

Selected Press: KU TodayThe Mercury NewsMD MagazineThe Huffington PostBaltimore CBS LocalCNBCThe New York PostFuturismCity LabKansas City NBC 41Marginal RevolutionNPRThe Daily Mailand Kansas City Fox 4, and The New York Times.

"Reproductive Health Care in Catholic-Owned Hospitals" (with Elaine Hill and Donna Ginther), Journal of Health Economics, 2019, 65:48–62.

Selected Press: StatNewsScientific American, and Modern Healthcare.

"With and Without the Tracks: How Railroad Access Impacts Gas Price Elasticity” (with Alex Kaechele), Applied Economics Letters, 2018, 25(16): 1113–1116.

"Significant Placebo Results in Difference-in-Differences Analysis: The Case of the ACA’s Parental Mandate"Eastern Economic Journal, 2017, 43(4): 580–603.

"Defunding Women's Health Clinics Exacerbates Hispanic Disparity in Preventive Care"Economic Letters, 2017, 156: 61–64.

Selected Press: KU Today.

"Second Trimester Sunlight and Asthma: Evidence from Two Independent Studies" (with Nils Wernerfelt and Richard Zeckhauser), American Journal of Health Economics, 2017, 3(2): 227–253.

Selected Press: Harvard Kennedy School ArticlesFiveThirtyEight, KU Today, and Yahoo News.

"The Impact of Women's Health Clinic Closures on Preventive Care" (with Yao Lu), American Economics Journal: Applied Economics, 2016, 8(3): 100–124.

Selected Press: Capital IdeasVox, KU Today, Channel 6 Lawrence News, The University Daily Kansan, NPR, AEA Research HighlightsThe Academic Health Economists' Blog, and The Dallas Morning News.

Book Chapters

"Birth Spacing and Educational Outcomes" (with Elaine Hill),  Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research, 2017, 25:3–29.

Working Papers

"Health, Employment, and Disability: Implications from the Undocumented Population" (with George Borjas), NBER Working Paper No. 24504.

"Sunlight and Protection Against Influenza" (with Richard Zeckhauser), NBER Working Paper No. 24340.

"Did Medicaid Expansion Reduce Medical Divorce?" (with Donna Ginther).  NBER Working Paper No. 23139.

Selected Press: San Francisco ChronicleAmerican Journal of Managed CareSlateKU TodayVoxFortune MagazineWIBWBecker's Hospital ReviewMen's Health MagainzeThe Incidental EconomistNPRThe Washington PostThe Kansas City Starand Modern Healthcare.

"Converting between dates in the Hebrew and Roman Calendars" (with John Conway and Gabrielle Agus).

."Does the ACA's Medicaid Expansion Improve Health?" (with Rina Na).


University of Kansas Courses

ECON 177 First-Year Seminar on the Affordable Care Act (Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2019) [Syllabus]

ECON 520 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory  (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2019) [Syllabus]

ECON 640/641 Labor Economics (Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019) [Syllabus]

ECON 880 Graduate Health Economics (Fall 2019) [Syllabus]

Princeton University Courses

ECO 202 Statistics and Data Analysis for Economics with Professor Ulrick K. Mueller (Spring 2013)

WWS 307 / ECO 349 Public Economics with Professor Elizabeth C. Bogan (Fall 2012, Fall 2013)

ECO 981 Junior Independent Work, Workshop on "Writing an Economics Prospectus" with Dr. Judith Swan (Fall 2012, Fall 2013)


NPR Morning Edition, March 8, 2017

Tell Me Something I Don't Know, June 27, 2017

KU News Service, July 6, 2017

Wake Up With WURD, September 25, 2017

Kansas City NBC 41, December 20, 2017

Medic2Medic Podcast, January 7, 2018

American Public Square, February 1, 2018

NPR Morning Edition, October 22, 2018

EMS World Prehospital Care Research Forum's Journal Club Podcast, August 12, 2019

WNYC The Takeaway, August 14, 2019




335 Snow Hall (Scheduled Meetings)

415C Snow Hall (Office Hours)

1460 Jayhawk Boulevard

Lawrence, KS 66045

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