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Published and Forthcoming Research (Peer-Reviewed)

“Employment Adjustment Over the Business Cycle: The Impact of Competition in the Labor Market”, Journal of Human Resources, Forthcoming.

“A Growing Divide: The Promise and Pitfalls of Higher Education for the Working Class”, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, 2021, 695: 94-106.

“The Returns to College Persistence for Marginal Students: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from University Dismissal Policies” (with Ben Ost and Victor Pan), Journal of Labor Economics, 2018, 36(3): 779-805.

"Higher Ed, Lower Spending: As States Cut Back, Where Has the Money Gone?" Education Next, 2018, 18(3): 72-78.

“Health Insurance Benefit Mandates and Firm Size Distribution” (with James Bailey), Journal of Risk and Insurance, 2018, 85(2): 577-595.

“Mass Layoffs and Higher Education Decisions: Evidence from the State of Ohio” (with Ben Ost and Victor Pan), Labour Economics, 2018, 51: 1-12.

“Immigration and Access to Fringe Benefits: Evidence from the Tobacco Use Supplements” (with J. Catherine Maclean and Jody Sindelar), Industrial Relations, 2018, 57(2): 235-259

“Examining the Interstate Mobility of Recent College Graduates” (with Robert Kelchen), Educational Researcher, 2018, 47(3): 213-215.

“The Implicit Costs of Motherhood over the Lifecycle: Cross-Cohort Evidence from Administrative Longitudinal Data” (with Todd Sorensen and Christian Neumeier), Southern Economic Journal, 2018, 84(3): 716-733.

“State Divestment and Tuition at Public Institutions”, Economics of Education Review, 2017, 60: 1-4.

“High School Experiences, the Gender Wage Gap, and the Selection of Occupation” (With Michael Strain), Applied Economics, 2017, 49(49): 5040-5049.

“The Political Roots of Health Insurance Benefit Mandates” (with James Bailey), Journal of Economic Studies, 2017, 44(2): 170-182.

“Risk-Sharing and Student Loan Policy: Consequences for Students and Institutions” Economics of Education Review,, 2017, 57: 1-9.

“Are College Costs Worth It? How Ability, Major, and Debt Affect the Returns to Schooling” Economics of Education Review, 53: 296-310.

“Firm-Level Monopsony and the Gender Pay Gap” Industrial Relations, 2016, 55(2): 323-345.

“Firm Market Power and the U.S. Earnings Distribution” Labour Economics, 2015, 35: 123-134.

“The Health Consequences of Employment Problems: Evidence from Panel Data” (with J. Catherine Maclean, Michael French, and Susan Ettner), Industrial Relations, 2015, 54(3): 478-498.

“The Impact of Work-Limiting Disability on Labor Force Participation” (with Melissa Bjelland), Health Economics, 2015, 24(3): 333-352.

“Workplace Problems, Mental Health and Substance Abuse” (with J. Catherine Maclean and Michael French), Applied Economics, 2015, 47(9) February: 883-905.

"Is the return to education the same for everybody?" IZA World of Labor, 2014, 92: 1-10.

“The Lifetime Earnings Premia of Different Majors: Correcting for Selection Based on Cognitive, Noncognitive, and Unobserved Factors”, Labour Economics, 2014, 28: 14-23.

“An Application of Unconditional Quantile Regression to Cigarette Taxes” (with J. Catherine Maclean and Joachim Marti), Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2014, 33(1): 188-210.

“Expenditures and Postsecondary Graduation: An Investigation Using Individual-Level Data from the State of Ohio”, Economics of Education Review, 2012, 31(5): 615-618.

“Do Expenditures Other Than Instructional Expenditures Affect Graduation and Persistence Rates in American Higher Education?” (with Ronald G. Ehrenberg), Economics of Education Review, 2010, 29(6): 947-958.

“Student Service Expenditures Matter” (with Ronald G. Ehrenberg), Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2010, 42 (3): 36-39.

"Age and disability employment discrimination: Occupational rehabilitation implications." (with Melissa Jo Bjelland, Susanne Marie Bruyere, Sarah von Schrader, Andrew J Houtenville, and Antonio Ruiz-Quintanilla), Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 2010, 20(4): 456-471.

Other Publications

“The advantages of getting into a name-brand college are wildly overblown” Washington Post op-ed. March 15th, 2019.

“We Must Protect Our Most Vulnerable Students From Debt” The Hill op-ed. June 14th, 2018.

“This U.S. State’s Free College Plan Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be” Fortune op-ed. April 13th, 2017.

“To Ease the Student Debt Crisis, Hold Colleges Responsible” Fivethirtyeight op-ed. April 6th, 2017.

“Low Marks for the Department of Education” The Hill op-ed. December 15th, 2016.

“Fancy Dorms Aren't the Main Reason Tuition is Skyrocketing” Fivethirtyeight op-ed. September 13th, 2016.

“Clinton Issues a Promising Proposal for Tuition Reform” The Chronicle of Higher Education op-ed. August 10th, 2015.

“Hidden Costs of Health Benefit Mandates” Real Clear Policy op-ed. June 17th, 2015.

“Colleges Should Share the Risk for Student-Loan Defaults” The Chronicle of Higher Education op-ed. June 8th, 2015.

Congressional Testimony and Technical Reports

Testimony before the House Committee on Education and Labor on the cost of college and student-centered reforms (pdf)

Testimony to the Senate HELP Committee on risk-sharing and student loan policy (pdf)

Comments to the NACIQI on the impact of institutional control on student outcomes (pdf)

Book Chapters

“The Emergence of Income-Share Agreements” (with Dubravka Ritter), in Workforce Realigned: How NewPartnerships are Advancing Economic Mobility. 2021 USA. p. 222-240.

“Job Loss and Effects on Firms and Workers,” (with Kevin Hallock and Michael Strain) Chapter 1 in Cary Cooper, Alankrita Pandey, and James Quick Eds, Downsizing: Is Less Still More?, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

“Executive Pay and Firm Performance” (with Beth Florin and Kevin Hallock) Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, 2010, 29: 49-86.

Working Papers

“Optimal Accountability Thresholds in Higher Education”

“Is It What You Study or Where You Study? The Importance of School-By-Major Match in the Labor Market” (with Ben Ost and Victor Pan), Revise and Resubmit

“Losing insurance and behavioral health inpatient care: Evidence from a large-scale Medicaid disenrollment” (with J. Catherine Macleana and Sebastian Tello-Trillo), Under submission

“Government regulation and lifecycle wages: Evidence from continuing coverage mandates” (with J. Catherine Macleana), Under submission