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 also serve as the Interim Chair of the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders at the University of Kansas and the Executive Director of the American Society of Health Economists.

And I'm a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Fellow at IZA - Institute for Labor Economics in Bonn, Germany.


Peer Reviewed Publications 

The Impact of COVID-19 Incidence on Emergency Medical Services Utilization” (with Leon Moskatel). Forthcoming, Journal of Emergency Medicine.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Alcohol Sales and Consumption: A Retrospective, Observational Analysis” (with Leon Moskatel). Alcohol, 2023, 111: 25–31.

Texas Senate Bill 8 Significantly Reduced Travel to Abortion Clinics in Texas and Increased Out-of-state Visits” (with Martin Andersen, Chris Marsicano, and Mayra Pineda Torres). Frontiers in Global Women's Health, 2023, 4.

"The 1982 Medicaid Funding Cessation for Circumcision and Regional Circumcision Rates" (with Rebecca Linfield and Ryan Wendling), 2022, AIDS & Behavior, 27: 1647–1662.

"Blood Lead Testing in Flint Before and After Water Contamination" (with Derek JenkinsDan Grossman, and Shooshan Danagoulian).  Pediatrics2022, e2022056541.

"Health Care Following Environmental Disasters: Evidence from Flint” (formerly "Office Visits Preventing Emergency Room Visits: Evidence from the Flint Water Switch") (with Shooshan Danagoulian and Dan Grossman), Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2022, 41: 1060–1089.

Selected Press: KU Today.

"Health, Employment, and Disability: Implications from the Undocumented Population" (with George Borjas). American Journal of Health Economics, 2022, 8(1): 1–29.

"Did Medicaid Expansion Reduce Medical Divorce?" (with Donna Ginther). Review of Economics of the Household, 2021, 19: 1139–1174.

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.

"The impact of driving time to family planning facilities on preventive service use in Ohio" (with Jacqueline Ellison, Kevin Griffith, Madalyn Thursby, and Jacob Bor). American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2021, 60(4): 542–545.

Selected Press: KU Today

"Sunlight and Protection Against Influenza" (with Richard Zeckhauser), Economics & Human Biology, 2021, 40: 100942.

Selected Press: KU Today, Marginal Revolution.

"Converting between dates in the Hebrew and Roman Calendars" (with John Conway and Gabrielle Agus), College Mathematics Journal2020, 51(5): 322–329.

"Children’s Health and Income: Evolution of the Gradient" (with Conner Falke), Applied Economics Letters, 2020, 27(10): 816–822.

"The Impact of the Flint Water Crisis on Fertility" (with Dan Grossman), Demography, 2019, 56(6): 2005–2031. [Accepted: Manuscript, Appendix]

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.

Selected Press: KU Today.

"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.

Selected Press: KU Today.

"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

1.               Accessing the Safety Net: How Medicaid Affects Health and Recidivism” (with Analisa Packham). NBER Working Paper No. 31971 & IZA Discussion Paper No. 16665.

Occupational Hazard? An Analysis of Birth Outcomes Among Physician Mothers” (with Bapu Jena and Lilly Springer). NBER Working Paper No. 31955 & IZA Discussion Paper No. 16655.

"COVID-19 Restrictions Reduced Abortion Clinic Visits, Even in Blue States" (with Martin Andersen and Sylvia Bryan), NBER Working Paper No. 28058IZA Discussion Paper No. 13832.

Selected Press: KU Today.

"Does the Marginal Hospitalization Save Lives? The Case of Respiratory Admissions for the Elderly" (with Janet Currie), NBER Working Paper No. 26618. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12879.

Selected Press: KU Today.

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

"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, Fall 2020) [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, Spring 2020) [Syllabus]

ECON 919 Graduate Health Economics (Fall 2019, Spring 2021, Spring 2023) [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)

Public Appearances

NPR Morning Edition (Medical Divorce), March 8, 2017

Tell Me Something I Don't Know (Medical Divorce), June 27, 2017

KU News Service (Women's Health Clinics), July 6, 2017

Wake Up With WURD (Flint and Fertility Rates), September 25, 2017

Medic2Medic Podcast (Uber and Ambulances), January 7, 2018

American Public Square (Affordable Care Act), February 1, 2018

NPR Morning Edition (Affordable Care Act), October 22, 2018

EMS World Prehospital Care Research Forum's Journal Club Podcast (Uber and Ambulances), August 12, 2019

WNYC The Takeaway (Surprise Medical Bills), August 14, 2019

American Public Square (Medicaid Expansion), November 4, 2019

Testimony Before Kansas Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare, January 23, 2020 [Written Testimony] [Oral Testimony (start at 10:05:57)]

32nd Annual Seaver Lecture, University of Kansas Humanities Program, March 4, 2020 [Slides]

Voice of America Ukraine, July 9, 2020

Hadar Institute (Every Choice Matters: Confronting and Embracing Risk with Rabbi Aviva Richman), November 2, 2020

Presentation on the Economic Effects of Medicaid Expansion to the Kansas Governor's Council on Tax Reform, April 2, 2021 [Slides]

Shutz Lecture on Teaching Economics Research, May 12, 2021 [Slides]

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The Hidden Curriculum, July 13, 2021 [Slide]

Freakonomics, M.D. (Uber and Ambulances), December 2, 2021

At the Square: The Economics of Roe v. Wade, July 12, 2022

KTWU I've Got Issues, September 16, 2022

Searching for Medicine‘s Soul, December 15, 2022

American Public Square (Abortion), April 24, 2023

Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce Forum on Medicaid Expansion, September 27, 2023

Kansas Health Economics Conference

Draft schedule

Slides and Papers

(Other presenters will send materials upon request.)




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