Working Papers

Making Reference-Dependent Preferences: Evidence from Door-to-Door Sales (JMP)

Workers exhibit reference-dependent labor supply around expectations. Their expectations are based upon optimizing long-run objectives at lump-sum bonuses paid by the firm.

Insurance Subsidies, the Affordable Care Act, and Financial Stability

The tax credits in the Affordable Care Act substantially reduce foreclosure, bankruptcy, and severely delinquent debt. Welfare gains for protection against medical debt, foreclosure, and bankrtupcy alone account for nearly a third of program costs.

Occupational Licensing, Skills, and Labor Market Spillovers

Occupational licensing has negative wage and labor supply effects on occupations that use similar latent skills consistent with a monopsony model. The negative effects are particularly strong for women, black workers, and Hispanic workers.

Monopsony, Skills, and Labor Market Concentration

Labor market concentration within skill clusters is lower than other measures. Higher concentration leads to lower wages, with heterogeneity in effects.

The Place-Based Turn in Federal Policy, 1990-2015

The federal government spent over $360 billion from 1990-2015 on place-based policies. Areas with more disadvantage, more segregation, and more non-profit capacity received more of these funds.

Seniors' Home Equity Extraction: Credit Constraints and Borrowing Channels

We explore how seniors' home equity borrowing responds to house price changes during times of tight vs loose underwriting. We also compare reverse mortgages to forward mortgages.

What are the Perceived Barriers to Homeownership for Young Adults?

Perceptions of housing affordability among young adults are more strongly determined by individual financial circumstances than by market conditions.