Working Papers

*with student or postdoc co-author

Revising for Resubmission

“Adopted Siblings” (with Marsha MailickJan GreenbergJieun Song, and Barbara Wolfe). 2020 Jun.
Journal of Family Issues

“Intergenerational Health Mobility: Magnitudes and Importance of Schools and Place” (with Katie Jajtner). 2020 Jun.
Health Economics

Under Review

“Where and When: Sharpening the Lens on Geographic Disparities in Mortality” (with Wei XuAlberto Palloni, and Michal Engelman). 2020 Aug.
Social Science & Medicine – Population Health

“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.

“Foreign Born Classmates and Individual Outcomes” (with Jenna NoblesIrina Shaorshadze, and Stephen Ross). 2020 Feb.

“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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“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.