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  • 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 ...
  • Potential Impacts of a Pandemic on the US Farm Labor Market 

    Charlton, Diane; Castillo, Marcelo (Wiley, 2020-10)
    An outbreak of COVID-19 among farmworkers could have significant impacts on the workers, agricultural producers, and the consumers. Farmers are implementing new labor management practices to slow the spread of the virus ...
  • The effect of school closings on teacher labor market outcomes and teacher effectiveness 

    Hill, Andrew J.; Jones, Daniel B. (MIT Press - Journals, 2020-05)
    School closings displace thousands of teachers in the U.S. every year. This paper explores how elementary school teachers in North Carolina respond to this labor market shock. After documenting that declining enrollment ...
  • Who Chooses Commitment? Evidence and Welfare Implications 

    Carrera, Mariana; Royer, Heather; Stehr, Mark; Sydnor, Justin; Taubinsky, Dmitry (Oxford University Press, 2021-09)
    This paper investigates whether offers of commitment contracts, in the form of self-imposed choice-set restrictions and penalties with no financial upside, are well-targeted tools for addressing self-control problems. In ...
  • The longer‐term labor market impacts of paid parental leave 

    Stock, Wendy A.; Inglis, Myron (Wiley, 2021-03)
    Although paid family leave (PFL) has the potential to improve labor market and other outcomes for mothers, there is also concern that PFL might also lead to discrimination against women of childbearing age. We examine the ...
  • A Tale of Two Borders: Use‐Value Assessment, Land Development, and Irrigation Investment 

    Bigelow, Daniel P.; Kuethe, Todd (Wiley, 2020-03)
    Since 1960, all 50 states in the US have adopted some form of preferential tax treatment for farmland. These provisions often take the form of use-value assessment, where farmland is taxed on the basis of its value in ...
  • Population Mortality and Laws Encouraging Influenza Vaccination for Hospital Workers 

    Carrera, Mariana; Lawler, Emily C.; White, Corey (American College of Physicians, 2021-04)
    Background: Since 1995, 14 states have passed laws encouraging or mandating influenza vaccination for hospital workers. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccinating health care workers ...
  • Culture and gender allocation of tasks: source country characteristics and the division of non-market work among US immigrants 

    Blau, Francine D.; Kahn, Lawrence M.; Comey, Matthew; Eng, Amanda; Meyerhofer, Pamela; Willen, Alexander (2020)
    There is a well-known gender difference in time allocation within the household, which has important implications for gender differences in labor market outcomes. We ask how malleable this gender difference in time allocation ...
  • Identifying the causal effect of income on religiosity using the Earned Income Tax Credit 

    Silveus, Neil; Stoddard, Christiana (2020-10)
    How do economic conditions – income and the generosity of social insurance–affect religious behavior? This paper provides novel evidence for the United States using variation in Earned Income Tax Credit benefits across ...
  • Child access prevention laws and juvenile firearm-related homicides 

    Anderson, D. Mark; Sabia, Joseph J.; Tekin, Erdal (2021-11)
    Debate over safe-storage gun regulations has captured public attention in the aftermath of several high-profile shootings committed by minors. To date, the existing literature provides no evidence that these laws are ...

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