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  • Effects of water surplus on prevented planting in the US Corn Belt for corn and soybeans 

    Lee, Seunghyun; Abatzoglou, John T (IOP Publishing, 2023-09)
    Record-high prevented planting of staple crops such as corn and soybeans in the United States (US) Corn Belt due to heavy rainfall in recent years has spurred concern over crop production, as growing evidence suggests ...
  • Generic Aversion and Observational Learning in the Over-the-Counter Drug Market 

    Carrera, Mariana; Villas-Boas, Sofia (American Economic Association, 2023-07)
    Through a labeling intervention at a national retailer, we test three hypotheses for consumer aversion to generic over-the-counter drugs: lack of information on the comparability of generic and brand drugs, inattention to ...
  • Measuring Fishing Capacity Using Quantile Data Envelopment Analysis 

    Walden, John B.; Atwood, Joseph (University of Chicago Press, 2023-07)
    Data envelopment analysis (DEA) is an extensively used method to estimate capacity and technical and economic efficiency of fishing vessels. However, DEA is often criticized because of the influence that outliers, or noisy ...
  • The spillover effects of parental verbal conflict on classmates' cognitive and noncognitive outcomes 

    Zhou, Weina; Hill, Andrew J. (Wiley, 2022-11)
    This study shows that children exposed to Interparental Verbal Conflict (IPVC) exert negative spillovers on their peers. Our first identification strategy uses within-school, across-classroom variation in peer's IPVC in ...
  • Terrorism and political attitudes: Evidence from European social surveys 

    Peri, Giovanni; Rees, Daniel I.; Smith, Brock (Elsevier BV, 2023-03)
    Terror attacks in Europe have increased substantially since the turn of the last century. Using data from European Social Surveys (ESS), we examine their effects on political attitudes and orientation by comparing ...
  • Geography, Geology, and Regional Economic Development 

    Berry, Kevin; James, Alexander; Smith, Brock; Watson, Brett (Elsevier BV, 2022-09)
    We examine how large and localized resource discoveries affect long-run population growth in the United States, and examine how these shocks interact with pre-existing geographic properties of the discovery site. Using a ...
  • Does Paid Family Leave Cause Mothers to Have More Children? Evidence from California 

    Golightly, Eleanor; Meyerhofer, Pamela (Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2022-05)
    Literature on the labor market and health effects of paid family leave largely overlooks the impacts on fertility, particularly in the United States. Increased childbearing following the introduction of a modest paid family ...
  • The Thinning Cash Cattle Market: Evaluating Sample Size, Policy Prescriptions, and Pricing Proxies 

    Brester, Gary W.; Swanser, Kole; Crosby, Brett (Cambridge University Press, 2022-08)
    Many cattle producers and producer organizations are concerned that the live cattle negotiated market has become too thin. The percentage of live cattle procured through direct negotiations has declined below 20%, while ...
  • Terror attacks and election outcomes in Europe, 1970–201 

    Rees, Daniel I.; Smith, Brock (Elsevier BV, 2022-10)
    With only a few exceptions, previous studies on terror attacks and election outcomes have focused on a particular country or attack, limiting their generalizability. We use data on 393 legislative elections held in 39 ...
  • Housing booms and H‐2A agricultural guest worker employment 

    Castillo, Marcelo; Charlton, Diane (Wiley, 2022-05)
    This paper examines the effects of changes in housing demand on H-2A employment within commuting zones from 2001-2017. Agricultural employers who demonstrate that no workers in the domestic labor market are willing or able ...
  • Effects of violent media content: Evidence from the rise of the UFC 

    Lindo, Jason, M.; Swensen, Isaac D.; Waddell, Glen R. (Elsevier BV, 2022-05)
    We document the effect of violent media on crime. Specifically, we evaluate the effects of The Ultimate Fighter, a hit TV show that features fighters competing in violent mixed martial arts and which brought Ultimate ...
  • The Effect of Concealed-Carry and Handgun Restrictions on Gun-Related Deaths: Evidence from the Sullivan Act of 1911 

    Depew, Briggs; Swensen, Isaac D. (Oxford University Press, 2022-01)
    The 1911 New York State Sullivan Act outlawed carrying concealable firearms without a licence, established strict licencing rules and regulated the sale and possession of handguns. We analyse the effects of the Sullivan ...
  • Seasonal agricultural activity and crime 

    Charlton, Diane; James, Alexander; Smith, Brock (Wiley, 2021-09)
    Sudden shocks to labor demand have sometimes been shown to increase local crime rates. We build on this literature by estimating the causal effect of labor-intensive seasonal agricultural activity on crime. We analyze a ...
  • The impact of farm-level variables on federal crop insurance coverage selections 

    Boyd, Mark; Belasco, Eric (Emerald, 2022-03)
    Purpose.This paper examines the relationship between farm-level variables related to cash flow and premium rates on federal crop insurance coverage selection.Design/methodology/approach. Using farm-level data from the ...
  • Who buys crop insurance? Predictors of the participation gap between organic and conventional farms 

    Belasco, Eric J.; Fuller, Kate Binzen (Wiley, 2021-09)
    This study examines the participation gap in crop insurance between organic and conventional producers.To solicit input from producers of organic and diversified crop production systems, we developed a national survey ...
  • Seasonal agricultural activity and crime 

    Charlton, Diane; James, Alexander; Smith, Brock (Wiley, 2021-09)
    Sudden shocks to labor demand have sometimes been shown to increase local crime rates. We build on this literature by estimating the causal effect of labor-intensive seasonal agricultural activity on crime. We analyze a ...
  • Seasonal farm labor and COVID ‐19 spread 

    Charlton, Diane (Wiley, 2022-09)
    The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 caused unprecedented shocks to agricultural food systems, including increased risk to worker health, labor-related input costs, and production uncertainty. Despite employer precautions, there ...
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecies in the Classroom 

    Hill, Andrew J.; Jones, Daniel B. (University of Chicago Press, 2021-09)
    Do teachers’ expectations directly impact student achievement? We draw on administrative data from North Carolina schools that report both student test scores and teachers’ expectations of students’ performance on these ...
  • Occupational Licensing and Maternal Health: Evidence from Early Midwifery Laws 

    Anderson, D. Mark; Brown, Ryan; Charles, Kerwin Kofi; Rees, Daniel I. (University of Chicago Press, 2020-11)
    Exploiting variation across states and municipalities in the timing and details of midwifery laws introduced during the period 1900–1940 and using data assembled from various primary sources, we find that requiring midwives ...
  • Water purification efforts and the black‐white infant mortality gap, 1906–1938 

    Anderson, D. Mark; Charles, Kerwin Kofi; Rees, Daniel I.; Wang, Tianyi (Elsevier BV, 2021-03)
    According to Troesken (2004), efforts to purify municipal water supplies at the turn of the 20th century dramatically improved the relative health of Blacks. There is, however, little empirical evidence to support the ...

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