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Curriculum Vitae




Associate Professor of Economics, Providence College (2022-)

Assistant Professor of Economics, Providence College (2017-2022)

Assistant Professor of Economics, Creighton University (2014-2017)


Visiting Scholar, Consumer Finance Institute at Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (2016-)

Senior Affiliated Scholar, Mercatus Center at George Mason University (2019-)

Contributing Scholar, Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University (2021-)

Senior Research Affiliate, Knee Regulatory Research Center at West Virginia University (2023-)


  • Temple University, Ph.D. in Economics, 2014.
  • Temple University, M.A. in Economics, 2011.
  • University of Tulsa, B.S. in Economics, 2009.


Health Economics, Labor Economics, Entrepreneurship, Regulation


The Effect of Health Insurance Benefit Mandates on PremiumsEastern Economic Journal 2013

Who Pays for Obesity? Evidence from Health Insurance Benefit Mandates, Economics Letters 2013

Who Pays the High Health Costs of Older Workers? Evidence from Prostate Cancer Screening Mandates, Applied Economics, 2014

Did the Affordable Care Act’s Dependent Coverage Mandate Increase Premiums for Family Plans? (with Briggs Depew) Journal of Health Economics, 2015

Employer-Provided Health Insurance and Job Mobility (with Anna Chorniy) Contemporary Economic Policy, 2016 (Honorable Mention, 2016 Best Article Award)

The Effect of State Health Insurance Benefit Mandates on Premiums and Employee Contributions” (with Nathan Blascak), Applied Economics Letters, 2016

Do Health Insurance Benefit Mandates Discourage Employment” (with Douglas Webber), Journal of Risk and Insurance, 2016

The Effect of Certificate of Need Laws on All-Cause Mortality” Health Services Research 2016

The Political Roots of Health Insurance Benefit Mandates” (with Douglas Webber) Journal of Economic Studies 2017

Health Insurance and the Supply of Entrepreneurs: New Evidence from the Affordable Care Act’s Dependent Coverage Mandate, Small Business Economics 2017

Certificate of Need Laws and Health Care Prices” (with Tom Hamami and Daniel McCorry) Journal of Health Care Finance 2017

Regulating Away Competition: The Effect of Regulation on Entrepreneurship and Employment” (with Diana Thomas)  Journal of Regulatory Economics 2017

Affordable Care Act Waivers and Firm Valuation” (with John Wingender and Coleman Drake) Applied Economics Letters 2018

Does “Excess Supply” Drive Excessive Health Spending? The Case of Certificate-of-Need LawsJournal of Private Enterprise 2018

Regressive Effects of Regulation on Wages” (with Diana Thomas and Joe Anderson) Public Choice 2019

The Effect of the Affordable Care Act on Entrepreneurship among Older Adults” (with Dhaval Dave) Eastern Economic Journal 2019 [Won Eckstein Prize for Best Paper in EEJ 2019-2020]

Can Health Spending Be Reined In Through Supply Constraints? An Evaluation of Certificate of Need LawsJournal of Public Health 2019

Expert Product Reviews and Conflicts of Interest” (with Tom Hamami) Managerial and Decision Economics 2020

Certificate of Need Laws: A Systematic Review and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis” (with Christopher Conover) BMC Health Services Research 2020

Regulatory Review Time and Pharmaceutical R&D” (with Anna Chorniy, Abdulkadir Civan, and Michael Maloney) Health Economics 2020

Larger Polities are More Regulated” (with Patrick McLaughlin and James Broughel) Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice 2021

An Introduction to the Effect of Regulation on Employment and Wages“, in Regulation and Economic Opportunity: Blueprints for Reform 2021, Adam Hoffer and Todd Nesbit eds.

Does premarital cohabitation increase the likelihood of future marital dissolution?” (with Sarah Kerrigan) SN Social Sciences 2021

Continuous Job Lock: Employer Health Insurance Contributions and Job Tenure” (with Michael Mathes) Applied Economics Letters 2021

Broadband Speeds in Fibered Markets: An Empirical Analysis” (with Michael Kotrous) Journal of Information Policy 2021

“Certificate of Need and Psychiatric Services” (with Eleanor Lewin), Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics 2021

State Health Insurance Benefit Mandates and Health Care Affordability“, Journal of Risk and Financial Management 2022

“Certificate of Need Laws and Substance Use Treatment“, Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy 2022 (with Thanh Lu and Patrick Vogt)

The Evolution of Job Lock in the U.S.: Evidence from the Affordable Care ActJournal of Risk and Financial Management 2022 (with Gregory Colman and Dhaval Dave)

Competition and Health-Care Spending: Theory and Application to Certificate of Need LawsContemporary Economic Policy 2022 (with Tom Hamami)

College Major’s Effect on Marriage and ChildrenSpringer Nature Social Sciences 2023 (with Hannah Farrell)
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Comparing Hospital Costs & Length of Stay for Cancer Patients in New York State Comprehensive Cancer Centers vs. Non-Designated Academic Centers & Community Hospitals” (with Ryan Fodero). Health Services Research 2023. [Data and Code]


Missouri’s Medicaid Contraction and Consumer Financial Outcomes” (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia working paper 20-42, with Nathan Blascak and Slava Mikhed) Accepted at American Journal of Health Economics, 2024

Certificate of Need and the Labor Market” (with Kihwan Bae). Accepted at Southern Economic Journal, 2024 [Data and Code]


Labor Economics

Health Economics (MBA)

Introduction to the Culture of Collegiate Life

Economics Senior Capstone

Applied Economic Research

Health Economic Policy

History of Economic Theory

Microeconomic Principles

Macroeconomic Principles


Emergent Ventures Intellectual Development Grant (as part of, 2021

Eckstein Prize, Best Paper in Eastern Economic Journal 2019-2020

Humane Studies Fellow, 2011-2014

Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship, 2013

Venture Capitalist’s Choice, Philly Code Fest, 2013

Temple University College of Liberal Arts Travel and Research Award, 2011

University of Tulsa Outstanding Senior in Economics, 2009

National Merit Scholarship, University of Tulsa, 2005-2009


How Obamacare could unlock job opportunities, Shaila Dewan, New York Times Magazine February 2014.

Hidden Costs of Health Benefit Mandates, James Bailey and Douglas Webber, RealClearPolicy June 2015

Red Tape Kills Jobs, James Bailey and Diana Thomas, US News and World Report September 2015

The True Cost of Smoking by State, Richie Bernardo, WalletHub January 2016.

How a Medicare Fix Backfires, James Bailey, US News and World Report August 2016.

RI’s Economy is Tied for 3nd Worst in Growth, Says U.S. Commerce and Experts Issue Warnings, GoLocalProv, November 2018.

Who gets health insurance from their employer?, James Bailey, Medium August 2019

Which Doctors Get Paid the Most?, James Bailey, American Institute for Economic Research August 2019

A Triad Doctor’s Fight To Keep Prices Affordable, David Ford, WFDD February 2020

Flatting the curve is painful. Let’s raise the bar for the next pandemic, Matthew Mitchell and Thomas Stratmann, Tribune News Service May 2020

Why Would States Limit Hospital-Bed Supply? Jaimie Cavanaugh and Daryl James, Wall Street Journal August 2020

The Archaic rule Threatening States’ Health Care Readiness Brian Balfour, Real Clear Policy May 2021

Health policy experts react to new report on proposed Lifespan-Care New England merger, Alexa Gagosz, Boston Globe Jan 2022

Brown University’s $90k report on the Lifespan-Care New England merger offers a positive outlook but unclear data, Alexa Gagosz, Boston Globe Jan 2022

Following agreement, unions counter monopoly concerns for Lifespan-CNE merger, Jacquelyn Voghel, Providence Business News Feb 2022

Mixed reactions: Anger, relief over Lifespan-CNE merger denial, Marc Larocque, Providence Business News Feb 2022

Will R.I. Hospital Legislation On Hospital Mergers, Acquisitions Scare Off Suitors?, Nancy Lavin, Providence Business News July 2022

As reforms open health care floodgates in SC, rural areas remain parched, Tom Corwin and Alexander Thompson, The Post and Courier May 2023

States Where Unemployment Claims Are Increasing the Most, Adam McCann, WalletHub June 2023

Mortgage Fraud by Investors is Surprisingly Common, James Bailey, National Mortgage Professional September 2023

New York toughens certificate of need rules to promote equity, Kara Hartnett, Modern Healthcare October 2023

States Where Employers Are Struggling the Most in Hiring, Adam McCann, WalletHub February 2024

Why doesn’t Medicare cover drugs like Ozempic for weight loss?, Janet Nguyen, Marketplace April 2024

Radio/Podcasts: John Batchelor Show, Illinois Watchdog Radio, WJPF (August 2016); WFDD (Feb 2020); Cato Daily Podcast; Competing Diagnoses Podcast


2024: American Economic Association, Samford University, Public Choice Society, Temple University

2023: American Economic Association, West Virginia University, Certificate of Need Law Research Conference, MPS Bretton Woods, Southern Economic Association

2022: American Economic Association, Public Choice Society, Capitol Leaders Nevada, Southern Economic Association, Sacramento State Fall Ethics Symposium

2021: John Locke Foundation, Eastern Economic Association, American Society of Health Economists, Southern Economic Association, The Future of Healthcare in Rhode Island

2020: American Economic Association, Oklahoma State ISFE, Truman State University, Kauffman Entrepreneurship Issue Forum, Southern Economic Association

2019: American Economic Association, Public Choice, Southern Economic Association

2018: American Economic Association, Eastern Economic Association, Truman State University, American Society of Health Economists, Southern Economic Association

2017: American Economic Association, Florida House of Representatives (Health Innovation Subcommittee), Providence College, University of the Sciences, Public Choice Society, Rice University, International Health Economics Association, University of Louisville, Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurship Scholars, Southern Economic Association

2016: Bentley University, Public Choice Society, Association for Private Enterprise Education, American Society of Health Economists, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Southern Economic Association

2015: West Virginia University, Eastern Economic Association, University of New Orleans, Public Choice Society, Association for Private Enterprise Education, Kauffman Midwest Research Workshop, Methodist University, Southern Economic Association

2014: American Economic Association, Southern Political Science Association, Public Choice Society, Society of Labor Economists, American Society of Health Economics, Southern Economic Association

2013: Eastern Economic Association, Association for Private Enterprise Education, Western Economic Association, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Samford University, University of Tulsa, International Atlantic Economic Society, Louisiana State University, Southern Economic Association

2012: Southern Economic Association

2011: Northeast Business and Economic Association

2009: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Economics Scholars Program (FRB Dallas)


Editorial Board, Eastern Economic Journal 2024-

Topic Board, Journal of Risk and Financial Management 2021-

Editorial Board, BMC Health Services Research 2021- 2023

Guest Editor, Journal of Risk and Financial Management Special Issue on Health Economics and Insurance 2021

Dissertation Committee (Outside Reader)- Thanh Lu, PhD (Temple University 2020)

Institute for Humane Studies Adjunct Program Officer 2015-2019

Public Choice Outreach Seminar, 2013

Duke Center for the History of Political Economy Summer Institute 2011, 2012


Applied Economics (12)Contemporary Economic Policy (7), Journal of Public Economics (5), Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (4), Southern Economic Journal (4), Health Services Research (3), Journal of Health Economics (2), American Journal of Health Economics (2), Eastern Economic Journal (2), Inquiry (2), Health Economics (2), Economics and Human Biology (2), Social Science and Medicine, Economics Scholars Program, Risk Management and Healthcare Policy, International Journal of Health Economics and Management, Health Affairs, Journal of Economic Studies, Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, Journal of Human Resources, Business Forum, Feminist Economics, Forum for Health Economics and Policy, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Business Venturing, Small Business Economics, Oxford University Press, Public Finance Review, International Review of Finance, African Development Review, Journal of Business Venturing Insights, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy, Public Choice, Frontiers in Public Health, Econ Journal Watch, Journal of Labor Research, Risk Management and Insurance Review


SAS, Stata, Matlab, Eviews, R


Securities Industry Essentials, Series 65


Citizenship: US

Technically True (but not as impressive as it sounds):

Studied math and economics at Harvard

Set multiple state powerlifting records

Angel Investor

Eligible to nominate candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize

Research cited by the White House, in testimony to the US Senate, and in briefs to the US Supreme Court