Effectiveness of Vaccination Recommendations versus Mandates: Evidence from the hepatitis A vaccine, ” Journal of Health Economics 52 (Jan 2017): 45-62.

Working Papers

“Direct and Spillover Effects of Middle School Vaccination Requirements” (with Christopher S. Carpenter). [NBER Working Paper #23107 ]. Accepted, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.  [Job Market Paper]

We study the direct and spillover effects of state requirements that middle school youths obtain a tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) booster prior to middle school entry.  These mandates significantly increased Tdap vaccine take-up and reduced pertussis (whooping cough) incidence by about 30 percent.  We also document cross-vaccine spillovers: the mandates significantly increased adolescent vaccination rates for meningococcal disease and human papillomavirus (HPV) – which is responsible for 98 percent of cervical cancers – by 8-34 percent, with particularly large effects for children from low SES households.  We find important roles for both parents and providers in generating these spillovers.

“Gender Earnings Inequality After the ‘Roza’ Revolution: Evidence from the Life in Kyrgyzstan Surveys, 2010-2013” (with Kathryn H. Anderson, Brantly Callaway, and Damir Esenaliev).

Work in Progress

“Effects of Immigrant Legalization on Health and Access to Healthcare: Evidence from DACA”

“Life Course Effects of in Utero Exposure to Historic Rubella Outbreaks”

Effects of Legalizing Abortion in the 21st Century: Evidence from Mexico City”