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 and the Institute for Policy & Social Research.


Work in Progress

"Rocket Attacks in Israel: The Human Capital Consequences of Terrorism" (with Dan Zeltzer, Adi Shany, and Yael Elster).

"Pregnant Residents, Duty Hour Reforms, and Birth Outcomes" (with Bapu Jena).

"Do Insurers Cut Rehabilitation Reimbursements to Cross Subsidize New Drugs?" (with Rena Conti and Arthur Gershkoff).

"Unnecessary Hospitalization and Patient Outcomes" (with Janet Currie).

Working Papers

"Did UberX Reduce Ambulance Volume?" (with Leon Moskatel). Revise and resubmit requested, Health Economics.

Selected Press: KU TodayThe Mercury NewsMD Magazine, The Huffington PostBaltimore CBS LocalCNBCThe New York PostFuturismCity LabKansas City NBC 41Marginal RevolutionNPR, The Daily Mail, and Kansas City Fox 4.

"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.

"Lead in the Water and Birth Outcomes: The Case of Flint" (with Dan Grossman).

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 Post, and WURD.

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

Selected Press: San Francisco ChronicleAmerican Journal of Managed CareSlate, KU Today, Vox, Fortune Magazine, WIBW, Becker's Hospital Review, Men's Health Magainze, The Incidental Economist, NPRThe Washington PostThe Kansas City Starand Modern Healthcare.

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

"Medically Necessary but Forbidden: Reproductive Health Care in Catholic-owned Hospitals" (with Elaine Hill and Donna Ginther). NBER Working Paper No. 23768.

Selected Press: StatNews, Scientific American, and Modern Healthcare.

"Within Mother Effects of Birth Weight & Birth Spacing on Educational Outcomes" (with Elaine Hill).

Peer Reviewed Publications

"The Impact of Women’s Health Clinic Closures on Fertility" (with Yao Lu), forthcoming in American Journal of Health Economics.

"With and Without the Tracks: How Railroad Access Impacts Gas Price Elasticity” (with Alex Kaechele), forthcoming in Applied Economics Letters.

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

"Defunding Women's Health Clinics Exacerbates Hispanic Disparity in Preventive Care"Economic Letters, July 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, May 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, July 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, June, 2017, 25:3–29.


University of Kansas Courses

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

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

ECON 640 Labor Economics (Spring 2017, Spring 2018) [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




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