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 a 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.


[2018] "The Economic Consequences of Hospital Admissions", with Amy Finkelstein, Ray Kluender, and Matthew Notowidigdo, American Economic Review, Forthcoming

[2017] “The Minimum Legal Drinking Age and Morbidity in the US”, with Christopher Carpenter, Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 99, No. 1, pp. 95-104

[2016] “The Mechanisms of Alcohol Control”, with Christopher Carpenter and Casey Warman, The Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 51, No. 2, pp. 328-356, Spring 2016

[2015] “The Minimum Legal Drinking Age and Crime”, with Christopher Carpenter, Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 97, No. 2, pp. 521-524

[2014] “Are Supply-Side Drug Control Efforts Effective? Evaluating OTC Regulations Targeting Methamphetamine Precursors”, with Nancy Nicosia and Matthew Weinberg, Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 120, pp. 48-61, December 2014

[2014] “Confirmation of the cellular targets of benomyl and rapamycin using next-generation sequencing of resistant mutants in S. cerevisiae”, with Dustin A. Wride, Nader Pourmand, Walter M. Bray, Jacob J. Kosarchuk, Sean C. Nisam, Tiffani K. Quan, Ray F. Berkeley, Sol Katzman,e Grant A. Hartzog and R. Scott Lokey, Molecular BioSystems, Issue 12, pp. 3179-3187

[2014] “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, Vol. 96, No. 1, pp. 189-195

[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, No. 1, 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

Working Papers

"Effectiveness of the Influenza Vaccine", joint with Michael Anderson and Devon Gorry