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Research

My current research interests are in health and labor economics, in particular studying the effects of hospital regulation, health insurance benefit mandates, and the Affordable Care Act.

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

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

The Effect of Health Insurance Benefit Mandates on Premiums (Eastern Economic Journal 2014)

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)

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 & Insurance, 2016)

The Effect of Certificate of Need Laws on Mortality” (Health Services Research 2016)

The Political Roots of Health Insurance Benefit Mandates(with Douglas Webber, Journal of Economic Studies 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) Media Coverage: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

Health Insurance and the Supply of Entrepreneurs: New Evidence from the Affordable Care Act’s Dependent Coverage Mandate” (Small Business Economics 2017) Media Coverage: [1, 2, 3, 4]

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 Laws(Journal 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)

Can Health Spending Be Reined In Through Supply Constraints? An Evaluation of Certificate of Need Laws” (Journal of Public Health 2019) Media Coverage: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

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

Certificate of Need Laws: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (with Christopher Conover) BMC Health Services Research 2020 Media: [1]

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 Media: [1, 2]

“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)

Working Papers:

Missouri’s Medicaid Contraction and Consumer Financial Outcomes(Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia working paper 20-42, with Nathan Blascak and Slava Mikhed), Revise and Resubmit

Works in Progress:

“Potential Entrepreneurs and Regulation: Who Gets Stuck in the Red Tape?” (with Diana Thomas)

“Employer-Provided Health Insurance and Wages: Where is the Compensating Differential?” (with Anna Chorniy)

“College Major’s Effect on Marriage and Children” (with Hannah Farrell)

Other Work:

Certificate-Of-Need Laws: How CON Laws Affect Spending, Access, and Quality across the States

Raising the Bar: ICU Beds and Certificates of Need

Health Insurance and Individual Financial Outcomes

Certificate of Need in North Carolina: Cost, Access, Treatment