Working Papers

*with student or postdoc co-author

Revising for Resubmission

“High Schools and Intergenerational Mobility” (with Joel Han). 2021.
–Research in Social Stratification and Mobility

Under Review

“Association and Pathways of Birth in the Stroke Belt on Old Age Dementia and Stroke Mortality” (with Michael Topping and Jinho Kim). 2021.

“Polygenic Risks for Adolescent Substance Use: Genetic-by-Peer-Environment Interaction Effects on Cigarette, Alcohol, and Marijuana Use among American High School Students” (with Boyan Zheng, Qiongshi Lu, and Fengyi Zheng). 2021.

“The Effect of Childhood Height on Cognition: A Research Note” (with Vikesh Amin). 2021.

“The Effects of Education on Cognition in Older Age: Evidence from Genotyped Siblings” (with Michael Topping, Fengyi Zheng, and Qiongshi Lu). 2021 Jan.
–Elsevier: Social Science & Medicine

“Gamete Simulation Improves Polygenic Transmission Disequilibrium Analysis” (with Jiawen Chen, Jing You, Zijie Zhao, Zheng Ni, Kunling Huang, Yuchang Wu, and Qiongshi Lu). 2020 Oct.

“Health, Wealth, and Voting Trajectories in Later Life” (with Michal Engelman, Won-tak Joo, and Barry Burden). 2020 Oct.

“Geographic Disparities in Alzheimer’s Disease Mortality” (with Michael Topping and Jinho Kim). 2020 Oct.

“Estimating Genetic Nurture Using Genome-wide Association Study Summary Statistics” (with Yuchang Wu, Xiaoyuan Zhong, Yunong Lin, Zijie Zhao, Jiawen Chen, Boyan Zheng, and Qiongshi Lu). 2020 Oct.

“Genes as a Source of an Unobserved Effect Heterogeneity in Sociology? The Case of 9/11” (with Shiro Furuya and Qiongshi Lu). 2020 Aug.

“Heterogeneity in Peer Effects of Obesity” (with Kiersten Strombotne, Kevin Konty, and Sophia Day). 2020 Aug.

“The Integration of Genetics into Medical Sociology: Trojan Horse or Holy Grail?” (with Jason Boardman). 2020 Aug.

“Network resources and educational outcomes among Mexican-origin youth” (with Jenna Nobles, Josefina Flores Morales, and Christina Diaz). 2020 Aug.

“Genetic Risks, Adolescent Health and Schooling Attainment” (with Vikesh Amin, Jere R. Behrman, Carlos A. Flores, Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, and Hans-Peter Kohler). 2020 Jul.

“The Production of Within-family Inequality: Insights and Implications of Integrating Genetic Data” (with Yuchang Wu, Zijie Zhao, and Qiongshi Lu). 2020 Jun.

*“Relative Weight and Success” (with Jinho Kim). 2020 Jun.

“Incompatible Forces of Mobility? Immigrant Youth’s School Achievement and Popularity” (with Leafia Zi Ye). 2020 Mar.

“Mental Health, Schooling Attainment and Polygenic Scores: Are There Significant Gene-Environment Associations?” (with Vikesh Amin, Jere Behrman, Carlos Flores, Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, and Hans-Peter Kohler). 2020 Feb.

“Fine-tuning Polygenic Risk Scores with GWAS Summary Statistics” (with Zijie Zhao, Yanyao Yi, Jie Song, Yuchang Wu, Xiaoyuan Zhong, Yupei Lin, Timothy Hohman, and Qiongshi Lu). 2019 Dec.

“Moderation of the International Epidemiological Transition from Innate Genetic Disease-Resistance: Evidence from U.S. States” (with Justin Cook). 2019 Nov.


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“Leveraging Machine Learning to Estimate Effect Modification” (with Ang Yu, Hyunseung Kang, and Chan Park). 2021.

“Social Security Disability Insurance and Intergenerational Economic Mobility” (with Katie Jajtner and Matt Messel). 2021.

“State of Birth and Cardiovascular Outcomes” (with Michael Topping and Wei Xu). 2021.

“PGS Methods Preliminary G x E Results: HRS” (with Lauren Schmitz, James Li, and Qiongshi Lu). 2020 Nov.

“Religious Context and Genetic Influences on Adolescent Drinking” (with Joseph Clark and Qiongshi Lu). 2020 Nov.

“Social Constraints, Genetic Penetrance, and Gender Gaps in Schooling:  A Reappraisal” (with Boyan Zheng and Qiongshi Lu). 2020 Aug.

“Multidimensional Intergenerational Mobility” (with Katie Jajtner). 2020 May.

“Understanding Geographic Disparities in Life Expectancy” (with Hans Schwarz, Alberto Palloni, and Michal Engelman). 2020 May.

“Moving Contexts: The Impact of Changes in Neighborhood Characteristics on Mental and Physical Health” (with Julia Goodwin and Katherine Curtis). 2020 Mar.

“Genetic Endowments, Educational Attainment and Social Mobility.” 2019 Dec.

“Early Life Exposures, Gene-Environment Interactions, and Cognitive Decline in Old Age” (with Atheendar Venkataramani). 2018 May.

“Multigenerational Transmission of Child Quantity” (with Won-tak Joo). 2018 Apr.

“Adults Behaving Badly: The Effects of Own and Peer Parents’ Incarceration on Adolescent Criminal Activities.” 2017 May.
IZA Discussion Paper

*“Spousal Matching” (with Norma Padron). 2016 Dec.
IZA Discussion Paper

“Trends and Spatial Patterns in Educational Mobility.” 2015 Aug.


“Differential Susceptibility to Peer Influences” 2017 Mar.

*“Pregnancies and Risky Outcomes” (with Sebastian Daza). 2016 Feb.

*“The Effects of Academic Probation on College Success” (with Mansur Tokmouline). 2016 Jan.
IZA Discussion Paper

“Estimating Physician ‘Value Added’ on Patient Outcomes” (with Betsy Bradley and Leora Horwitz). 2016 Jan.
Modern Healthcare

*“Sibling Spillover Effects for Developmental Disabilities and Externalizing Behavior” with Nicole Hair and Barbara Wolfe). 2015 Aug.

“Benefits from University Level Diversity?” (with Barbara Wolfe). 2014 Apr.
Discussion Paper
Daily Californian
The Economist

“Self Control and Health Outcomes” (with Nick Torseillo). 2014 Aug.

“Hierarchical Influences on the Diffusion of Health and Delinquency Behaviors in Adolescent Social Networks” (with Olga Yakusheva). 2013 Jun.

“Tobacco Use, Taxation, and Self Control in Adolescence” (with Jody Sindelar and Partha Deb). 2013 Apr.
The Economist Mention

“The ‘Bluest Eye’ and Pathways to Success: Eurocentric Standards of Beauty” (with Arthur GoldsmithDarrick Hamilton, and William Darity). 2012 Feb.

“The Effects of Early Occupation on Health” (with Jody Sindelar). 2011 Aug.

Uncovering the Pathways Linking Local Economic Conditions, Occupation, and Health” (with Shintaro Yamaguchi). 2010 Nov.

“Achievement Effects of the Inclusion of Students with Special Needs: Evidence from North Carolina” 2010 Feb.

“High School Course Content and College Choices” 2010 Feb.

“The Impact of First Occupation on Health at Older Ages” (with Jody Sindelar, Patricia KeenanWilliam Gallo, and Tracy Falba). 2009 Feb.