441 Engineering 2
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Tel: 831-459-2079

Fax: 831-459-5077


About Me

I am an associate professor of economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. My main research areas are health economics, education and applied econometrics. You can find my curriculum vita here.


[2013] “The Effect of Health Insurance on Emergency Department Visits: Evidence from an Age-Based Eligibility Threshold”, with Michael Anderson and Tal Gross, Review of Economics and Statistics, Accepted

[2012] “The Effect of Health Insurance Coverage on the Use of Medical Services”, with Michael Anderson and Tal Gross, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Vol. 4, No1, pp. 1-27

[2011] “The Minimum Legal Drinking Age and Public Health”, with Christopher Carpenter, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 133-56

[2010] “Skipping Class in College and Exam Performance: Evidence From a Regression Discontinuity Classroom Experiment”, with Ricard Gil and Justin Marion, Economics of Education Review, Vol. 29, Issue 4, pp. 566-575

[2010] “Do School Entry Laws Affect Educational Attainment and Labor Market Outcomes?”, with Fernando Ferreira, Economics of Education Review, Vol. 29, Issue 1, pp. 40-54

[2009] “Does Medicare Save Lives?”, with David Card and Nicole Maestas, Quarterly Journal of Economics Vol. 124, No. 2, pp. 597-636

[2009] “The War on Drugs: Methamphetamine, Public Health and Crime”, with Nancy Nicosia, American Economic Review, Vol. 99, Issue 1, pp. 324-49

[2009] “The Effect of Alcohol Access on Consumption and Mortality: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from the Minimum Drinking Age”, with Christopher Carpenter, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Vol. 1, Issue 1, pp. 164-82

[2009] “The Health Effects of Military Service: Evidence from the Vietnam Draft”, with Reza Shabani, Economic Inquiry, Vol. 47, Issue 1, pp. 69-80

[2008] “The Impact of Nearly Universal Insurance Coverage on Health Care Utilization: Evidence from Medicare”, with David Card and Nicole Maestas, American Economic Review, Vol. 98, Issue. 5, pp. 2242-58

[2008] “The Incremental Inpatient Costs Associated with Marijuana Comorbidity”, with Rosalie Pacula, Jeanne Ringel and Khoa Truong, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Vol. 92, Issues 1-3, pp. 248-257

[2007] “The Effects of Government Transfers on Monthly Cycles in Drug Abuse, Hospitalization and Mortality”, with Steven Puller, Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 91, pp. 2137-2151

[2003] “Clean Air Act of 1970 and Adult Mortality”, with Kenneth Chay and Michael Greenstone. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Vol. 27, Issue 3, pp. 279-300

[2002] “Welfare Leavers Use of Medicaid Transitional Medical Assistance in California 1993-1997”, with Jane Mauldon and Kamran Nayeri. Inquiry, Vol 39, Num. 4, pp. 372-387

[2000] “Ultraviolet Transmittance of the Vistakon Disposable Contact Lenses”, with Harris M., Chin R., Lee D., and Tam M. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, Vol. 23, Issue 1, pp. 10-15

Book Chapters

[2011] “Alcohol Regulation and Crime”, with Christopher Carpenter and Carlos Dobkin, in Philip Cook, Jens Ludwig and Justin McCrary (Eds.) Making Crime Control Pay: Cost-Effective Alternatives to Mass Incarceration, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, (Forthcoming)

Working Papers

"The Drinking Age, Alcohol Consumption, and Crime", joint with Christopher Carpenter, February 2013 (Revise and Resubmit: Review of Economics and Statistics)

"Are Supply-Side Drug Control Efforts Effective? Evaluating OTC Regulations Targeting Methamphetamine Precursors", Joint with Nancy Nicosia and Matthew Weinberg, January 2013

"The Mechanisms of Alcohol Control: Evidence from the Canadian Minimum Legal Drinking Age", Joint with Kitt Carpenter, December 2012

"Hospital Staffing and Inpatient Mortality", Mimeo June 2003

"Plagiarism in U.S. Higher Education: Estimating Internet Plagiarism Rates and Testing a Means of Deterrence", joint with Jeffrey Weinstein, Mimeo May 2003