Research

Below, working papers (drafts available) are followed by research in progress (drafts forthcoming). Click on paper titles to see additional details (including drafts).

Working Papers

The Effects of Public Health Insurance on Near-Elderly Mortality

Job market paper, with Sam Arenberg

My dissertation, summarized in this job market paper, aims to improve our understanding and existing estimates of the effects of public health insurance on near-elderly mortality. Using restricted Census and NVSS data, I examine the effects of Medicare eligibility at age 65 and ACA Medicaid eligibility on near-elderly mortality.

Research in progress

The Long-Term Effects of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease

This joint research project with physicians and researchers from Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease aims to be the first to link Texas education and labor data (from the Texas Education Research Center) with medical records. Our research will study the social, academic, and economic trajectories of children with pediatric and congenital heart disease.

What Can New Hospital Price Transparency Data Tell Us About Healthcare Prices?

with Ariel Johnson and Radhika Patel

A recent CMS price transparency law required hospitals to provide price information for their health services, including cash prices and rates negotiated with insurance companies. This project examines price data compiled from nearly every hospital that has complied with the price transparency law. We compare and contrast hospital prices by health service, insurance type, insurer, and geography. Ariel Johnson and Radhika Patel are aspiring economists who have worked on this project as part of the UT Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program.