Publications

Books

Jason Fletcher’s 2017 book, The Genome Factor, received two awards from the American Sociological Association (ASA).

 

The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals About Ourselves, Our History and Our Future (with Dalton Conley). Princeton University Press; January 2017.

Awards: ASA Otis Dudley Duncan Book Award (August 2018), ASA Section on Evolution, Biology, and Society Book Award (2018)

Review: The Wall Street Journal

Professor Fletcher’s articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals – Demography, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Review of Economics and Statistics, and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – among others.

In Press

“Health Policy and Genetic Endowments: Understanding Sources of Response to MDLA Laws” (with Qiongshi Lu). 2020 May.
Health Economics

“Childhood Origins of Intergenerational Health Mobility in the United States” (with Katie Jajtner). 2020 Aug.
Health Affairs

Journals: Published

*with student or postdoc co-author

[120] “Undue Burden Beyond Texas: An Analysis of Abortion Clinic Closures, Births, And Abortions in Wisconsin” (with Joanna Venator). Journal of Policy Analysis and Management [in press].
NBER

[119] “Assessment of Changes in Place of Death of Older Adults Who Died from Dementia in the United States, 2000-2014: A Time-series Cross-sectional Analysis” (with Wei Xu and Changshan Wu). BMC Public Health. 2020 Jun; 20: 765.

[118] “Separating Measured Genetic and Environmental Effects: Evidence Linking Parental Genotype and Adopted Child Outcomes” (with Ben Domingue). Behavior Genetics. 2020 May.
BioRxiv

[117] *“The Consequences of Friendships: Evidence on the Effect of Social Relationships in School on Academic Achievement” (with Stephen Ross and Yuxiu Zhang). Journal of Urban Economics. 2020 Mar; 116(C).

[116] “Assessing the Importance of Childhood Context in the Development of Hope and Optimism.” Journal of Happiness Studies. 2019 Oct.

[115] *“Peer Effects of Obesity on Child Body Composition” (with Kiersten Strombotne and Mark Schlesinger). Economics and Human Biology. 2019 Aug; 34: 49-57.

[114] “The Role of Social Influence and Network Churn in Beliefs About Electronic Medical Record Technology” (with Christina Yuan, Ingrid Nembhard, and Jerry Kane). Journal of Social Structure. 2019 Aug; 20(3): 29-49.

[113] “Estimating Causal Effects of Alcohol Access and Use on a Broad Set of Risky Behaviors: Regression Discontinuity Evidence.” Contemporary Economic Policy. 2019 Jul; 37(3): 427-448.
IZA Discussion Paper

[112] “Out of Snyc, Out of Society: Political Beliefs and Social Networks” (with Won-tak Joo). Special Issue of Network Science. 2019 Jun; 1-24.

[111] “Intergenerational Mobility in Education: Variation in Geography and Time” (with Joel Han). Journal of Human Capital. 2019; 13(4): 585-634.
NBER

[110] “Multigenerational Effects of Early-Life Health Shocks” (with Angela Forgues and Justin Cook). Demography. 2019; 56: 1855-1874.

[109] *“Caesarean Section and Children’s Health: A Quasi-experimental Design” (with Jessica Polos). Population Studies. 2019; 73(3): 353-368.

[108] “Examining the Long-term Mortality Effects of Early Health Shocks.” Applied Economic Letters. 2019; 26(11): 902-908.
SSRN

[107] “Environmental Bottlenecks on Children’s Genetic Potential for Adult Socioeconomic Attainments: Evidence from a Health Shock.” Population Studies. 2019; 73(1): 139-148.
IZA Discussion Paper

[106] “Assessing Cumulative Neighborhood Effects on Adult Health” (with Daniel Jung). PLOS One. 2019 Apr; 14(4).

[105] “Genome-wide Association Study Reveals Sex-specific Genetic Architecture of Facial Attractiveness” (with Bowen Hu, Ning Shen, James Li, Hyunseung Kang, Jinkuk Hong, Jan Greenberg, Marsha Mailick, and Qiongshi Lu). PLOS Genetics. 2019 Apr; 15(4).
BioRxiv
Perspective

[104] “Learning Hope and Optimism: Classmate Experiences and Adolescent Development” (with Jinho Kim). Applied Economic Letters. 2019; 26(5): 409-412.
IZA Discussion Paper

[103] *“The Effect of Sibship Size on Non-cognitive Skills: Evidence from Natural Experiments” (with Jinho Kim). Labour Economics. 2019 Jan; 56: 36-43.

[102] “New Evidence on the Impacts of Early Exposure to the 1918 Influenza Pandemic on Old-age Mortality.” Biodemography and Social Biology. 2018; 64(2): 123-126.
IZA Discussion Paper

[101] “Spousal Concordance in Telomere Length: New Evidence from Older Adults in the US.” PLOS One. 2018 Nov; 13(11).
BioRxiv

[100] “Estimating the Effects of Friends on Health Behaviors of Adolescents” (with Stephen Ross). Health Economics. 2018 Oct; 27(10): 1450-1483.
NBER

[99] “The Effects of In Utero Exposure to the 1918 Influenza Pandemic on Family FormationEconomics and Human Biology. 2018 Sep; 30: 59-68.
SocArXiv

[98] “­High School Genetic Diversity and Later-life Student Outcomes: Micro-level Evidence from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study” (with Justin Cook). Journal of Economic Growth. 2018 Sep; 23(3): 307-339.
NBER

[97] “Economics and Genomics.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance Online. 2018 Aug.

[96] “Genetic Discoveries for Educational Attainment and Social Class Mobility: Analysis in Five Longitudinal Studies” (with many authors). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2018 Jul; 115(31): E7275-E7284.

[95] “Crushing Hope: Short Term Responses to Tragedy Vary by Hopefulness.” Social Science and Medicine. 2018 Mar; 201: 59-62.
IZA Discussion Paper

[94] “The Social Genome of Friends and Schoolmates in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health” (with Ben Domingue, Dan Belsky, Dalton Conley, Jason Boardman, and Kathleen Harris). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2018 Jan; 115 (4): 702-707.
BioRxiv
TimeNature Human BehaviorNautilusStanford Daily

[93] “Dynamic Effects of Sibling Death on Children’s Outcomes” (with Marian Vidal-Fernandez, and Barbara Wolfe). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2018 Jan; 115(1): 115-120.

[92] “The Relationship Between the School Breakfast Program and Food Insecurity” (with David Frisvold). Journal of Consumer Affairs. 2017 Fall; 51(3): 481-500.
**Best Paper in JCA, awarded May 2018
APPAM Version

[91] “Gender-specific Pathways of Peer Influence on Adolescent Suicidal Behaviors.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. 2017; 3.
PAA Version

[90] *“Causal Spousal Health Spillover Effects and Implications for Program Evaluation” (with Ryne Marksteiner). American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. 2017 Nov; 9(4): 144-166.

[89] “Tobacco Control, Medicaid Coverage, and the Demand for Smoking Cessation Drugs” (with Michael Richards, Joachim Marti, Catherine MacLean, and Don Kenkel). American Journal of Health Economics. 2017; 3(4): 528-549.

[88] *“The Influence of Classmates on Adolescent Criminal Activities in the United States” (with Jinho Kim). Deviant Behavior. 2018; 39:3: 275-292.

[87] “Origins of adulthood personality: The role of adverse childhood experiences” (with Stefanie Schurer). The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy. 2017; 17(2).
Working Paper

[86] “How Different Forms of Health Matter to Political Participation: The Roles of Cognitive, Physical, and General Health” (with Barry BurdenPam HerdBradley Jones, and Don Moynihan). Journal of Politics. 2017 Jan; 79(1): 166-178.
–Winner, APLS Best Professional Paper Award

[85] “The Importance of Family Income in the Formation and Evolution of Non-cognitive Skills in Childhood” (with Barbara Wolfe). Economics of Education Review. 2016 Oct54: 143-154.
NBER
NPR

[84] “Assortative Mating and Differential Fertility by Phenotype and Genotype Across the 20th Century” (with Dalton Conley, Thomas Laidley, Daniel Belsky, Jason Boardman, and Ben Domingue). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2016 May; 113(24): 6647-6652.

[83] “Peer Effects in Teenage Fertility: Social Transmission Mechanisms and Policy Recommendations” (with Olga Yakusheva). American Journal of Health Economics. 2016 May; 2(3): 300-317.

[82] *“The Effects of Teenage Childbearing on Adult Soft Skills Development” (with Norma Padron). Journal of Population Economics. 2016; 29(3): 883-910.

[81] *“The Effects of Changes in Kindergarten Entry Age Policies on Educational Achievement” (with Taehoon Kim). Economics of Education Review. 2016 Feb; 50: 45-62.

[80] “Cohort Effects in the Genetic Influence on Smoking” (with Jason Boardman, Dalton Conley, and Ben Domingue). Behavior Genetics. 2016 Jan; 46(1): 31-42.

[79] *”Neighborhood Factors During Adolescence: Modest Effects On Cardiovascular Risk, Small Impact On Obesity and Depression” (with Mike McLaughlin). Health Affairs. 2015 Sep; 34(9): 1472-1479.
UW Press Release

[78] “Social Interaction and College Enrollment: a Combined School Fixed Effects/Instrumental Variables Approach.” Social Science Research. 2015 Jul; 52: 494-507.

[77] “Non-linear Effects of Soda Taxes on Consumption and Weight Outcomes” (with David Frisvold and Nathan Tefft). Health Economics. 2015 May; 24(5): 566-582.
WPR, UW Press Release, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Consumer Reports

[76] *“Understanding Heterogeneity in the Effects of Birth Weight on Adult Outcomes” (with Justin Cook). Journal of Health Economics. 2015 May; 41: 107-116.

[75] “Does Entering Adulthood in a Recession Affect Narcissism? Robust Evidence Is Still Needed.” Psychological Science. 2015 Apr; 26(4): 534-536.

[74] “Incorporating Health Into Studies of Political Behavior: Evidence for Turnout and Partisanship” (with Julianna Pacheco). Political Research Quarterly. 2015 Mar; 68(1): 104-116.

[73] “Learning from Teen Childbearing Experiences of Close Friends: Evidence Using Miscarriages as a Natural Experiment” (with Olga Yakusheva). Review of Economics and Statistics. 2015 Mar; 97(1): 29-43.

[72] *“Can Education Rescue Genetic Liability for Cognitive Decline?” (with Justin Cook). Social Science & Medicine. 2015 Feb; 127: 159-170.

[71] “New Evidence of the Effects of Education on Health in the US: Compulsory Schooling Laws Revisited.” Social Science & Medicine. 2015 Feb; 127: 101-107.

[70] “Late Life Transitions and Social Networks: The Case of Retirement.” Economics Letters. 2014 Dec; 125(3): 459-462.

[69] “The Effect of Smoking Cessation on Weight Gain: New Evidence Using Workplace Smoking Bans.” Forum for Health Economics and Policy. 2014; 17(2): 105-129.

[68] “Medical Adaptation to Academic Pressure: Schooling, Stimulant Use, and Socioeconomic Status” (with Marissa King and Jen Jennings). American Sociological Review. 2014; 79(6): 1039-1066.
Winner, Sociology of Education James Coleman Award for Outstanding Article
USA TodayHuffington Post

[67] “Friends or Family? Revisiting the Effects of High School Popularity on Adult Earnings.”
Applied Economics.
2014; 46(20): 2408-2417.
NBER
WSJHouston ChronicleSan Francisco Chroniclethe AtlanticBusiness Insider

[66] “Do High School Peers Have Persistent Effects on College Attainment and Other Life Outcomes?” (with Robert Bifulco, Sun Jung Oh, and Stephen Ross). Labour Economics. 2014 Aug; 29: 83-90.
– NBER

[65] “Genetic and Educational Assortative Mating Among US Adults” (with Ben Dominque, Dalton Conley, and Jason Boardman). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2014 Jun; 111(22): 7996-8000.

[64] *“Religion and Risky Health Behaviors Among U.S. Adolescents and Adults” (with Sanjeev Kumar). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 2014 Aug; 104: 123-140.
NBER

[63] “The Interplay between Gender, Race and Weight Status: Self Perceptions and Social Consequences.” Economics and Human Biology. 2014 Jul; 14: 79-91.

[62] “Enhancing the Gene-environment Interaction Framework Through A Quasi-experimental Research Design: Evidence From Differential Responses to September 11th.” Biodemography and Social Biology. 2014; 60(1): 1-20.
Wisconsin State JournalMedical XPress

[61] “The Long Run Health Returns to College Quality” (with David Frisvold). Review of Economics of the Household. 2014; 12: 295-325.

[59] “Increasing Our Understanding of the Health-income Gradient in Children” (with Barbara Wolfe). Health Economics. 2014 Apr; 23(4): 473-486.
NBER

[60] *“Interactive Effects of in Utero Nutrition and Genetic Inheritance on Cognition: New Evidence Using Sibling Comparisons” (with Justin Cook). Economics and Human Biology. 2014 Mar; 13: 144-154.

[58] “The Effects of Childhood ADHD on Adult Labor Market Outcomes.” Health Economics. 2014 Feb; 23(2): 159-181.
–Winner of the 2013-2014 prize for the Best Research in Health & Society at UW–Madison
NBER
The AtlanticFreakonomicsCBS

[57] “Tracing the Effects of Guaranteed Admission through the College Process: Evidence from a Policy Discontinuity in the Texas 10% Plan” (with Adi Mayer). Contemporary Economic Policy. 2014 Jan; 32(1): 169-186.
NBER
Diverse

[56] “Social Interactions and College Enrollment: Evidence from National Education Longitudinal Study.” Contemporary Economic Policy. 2013 Oct; 31(4): 762-778.

[55] “A Simple Tool to Identify Patients at Increased Risk of Re-hospitalization” (with Olga Yakusheva, Leora Horwitz, Heather Sipsma, and Betsy Bradley). Medical Care. 2013 Sep; 51(9): 761-766.

[54] “The Challenge of Causal Inference in Gene-environment Interaction Research: Leveraging Research Designs from the Social Sciences” (with Dalton Conley). American Journal of Public Health. 2013 Aug; 103: S42-45.

[53] “Adolescent Depression and Labor Market Outcomes.” Southern Economic Journal. 2013 Jul; 80(1): 26-49.
NBER
The Atlantic

[52] “Long-term Effects of Stress on Partner Weight Characteristics” (with Nathan Tefft). PLOS ONE. 2013; 8(6): e66353

[51] “A Sibling Death in the Family: Common and Consequential” (with Marsha Seltzer, Jieun Song, and Barbara Wolfe). Demography. 2013 Jun; 50(3): 803-826.

[50] “The Effects of Personality Traits on Adult Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence From Siblings.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 2013 May; 89: 122-135.
IZA Discussion Paper
Marginal Revolution

[49] “Why Have Tobacco Control Policies Stalled? Using Genetic Moderation to Examine Policy Impacts.” PLOS ONE. 2012 Dec; 7(12): e50576.
Yale Press ReleaseRWJFUS News & World ReportNY TimesMother JonesThe Guardian

[48] “Understanding Heterogeneity in Price Elasticities in the Demand for Alcohol for Older Individuals” (with Padmaja AyyagariPartha Deb, Bill Gallo, and Jody Sindelar). Health Economics. 2013 Jan; 22(1): 89-105.
NBER
The Economist

[47] “How Social and Genetic Factors Predict Friendship Networks” (with Ben Domingue and Jason Boardman). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2012; 109 (43): 17377-17381.
Yale Press Release
SmithsonianYale Daily NewsRWJF Blog

[46] “Peer Influences on Adolescent Alcohol Consumption: Evidence Using an Instrumental Variables/Fixed Effect Approach.” Journal of Population Economics. 2012; 25(4): 1265-1286.
SSRN

[45] “The Effects of First Occupation on Long Term Health Status: Evidence from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study.” Journal of Labor Research. 2012; 33(1): 49-75.
SSRN

[44] “The Effects of Family Stressors on Substance Use Initiation in Adolescence” (with Jody Sindelar). Review of Economics of the Household. 2012; 10(1): 99-114.
SSRN

[43] “Similarity in Peer College Preferences: New Evidence from Texas.” Social Science Research. 2012 Mar; 41(2): 321-330.
SSRN

[42] *“Diabetes’ ‘Health Shock’ To Schooling and Earnings: Increased Dropout Rates and Lower Wages and Employment In Young Adults” (with Michael Richards). Health Affairs. 2012 Jan; 31(1): 27-34.
NY TimesNPRKaiserYale Press ReleaseLA Times
Letter to the EditorResponse

[41] “The Effects of Teenage Childbearing on the Short- and Long-term Health Behaviors of Mothers.” Journal of Population Economics. 2012; 25(1): 201-218.
SSRN

[40] “The Effects of Teenage Fatherhood on Early Outcomes” (with Barbara Wolfe). Economic Inquiry. 2012; 50(1): 182-201.
SSRN
Wiley Press ReleaseYale Daily News, Yale Press Release

[39] “Long-term Effects of Health Investments and Parental Favoritism: The Case of Breastfeeding.” Health Economics. 2011 Nov; 20(11): 1349-1361.
SSRN

[38] “College Selectivity and Young Adult Health Behaviors” (with David Frisvold). Economics of Education Review. 2011 Oct; 30(5): 826-837.
SSRN
The Chronicle of Higher Education

[37] “Genetic Lotteries within Families” (with Steven Lehrer). Journal of Health Economics. 2011 Jul; 30(4), 647-659.
NBER
Big Think

[36] “Social Identity as a Determinant of College Enrollment.” Rationality and Society. 2011; 23(3): 267-303.

[35] “A Genetic Instrumental Variables Analysis of the Effects of Prenatal Smoking on Birth Weight: Evidence from Two Samples” (with George WehbySteven Lehrer, Lina Moreno, Jeffrey Murray, Allen Wilcox, and Rolv Lie). Biodemography and Social Biology. 2011; 57(1): 3-32.

[34] “The Medium Term Schooling and Health Effects of Low Birth Weight: Evidence from Siblings.” Economics of Education Review. 2011; 30(3): 517-527.
SSRN

[33] “The Effect of Job Loss on Overweight and Drinking” (with Partha Deb, Bill Gallo, Padmaja Ayyagari, and Jody Sindelar). Journal of Health Economics. 2011; 30(2): 317-327.
NBER

[32] “Cumulative Effects of Job Characteristics on Health” (with Jody Sindelar and Shintaro Yamaguchi). Health Economics. 2011; 20(5): 553-570.
NBER
SSRN

[31] “The Effect of Classmate Characteristics on Post-secondary Outcomes: Evidence from the Add Health” (with Robert Bifulco and Stephen Ross). American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. 2011 Feb; 3(1): 25-53.
SSRN

[30] “The Effects of Soft Drink Taxes on Child and Adolescent Consumption and Weight Outcomes” (with David Frisvold and Nathan Tefft). Journal of Public Economics. 2010; 94(11-12): 967-974.
SSRN
Time, Daily Beast, Chattanooga Times

[29] “Adolescent Depression and Educational Attainment: Results Using Sibling Fixed Effects.” Health Economics. 2010 Jul; 19(7): 855-871.
SSRN

[28] *“Long Term Effects of Childhood Asthma on Adult Health” (with Jeremy Green and Matthew Neidell). Journal of Health Economics. 2010; 29(3): 377-387.
Yale Press Release

[27] “Taxing Soft Drinks and Restricting Access to Vending Machines to Curb Child Obesity” (with David Frisvold and Nathan Tefft). Health Affairs. 2010 May; 29(5): 1059-1066.
Yale Press Release

[26] “Social Interactions and Smoking: Evidence Using Multiple Student Cohorts, Instrumental Variables, and School Fixed Effects.Health Economics. 2010 Apr; 19(4): 466-484.
SSRN

[25] “Can Soft Drink Taxes Reduce Population Weight?” (with David Frisvold and Nathan Tefft).
Contemporary Economic Policy. 2010 Jan; 28(1): 23-35.
Forbes, MSN, US News & World Reports, Yale Daily News

[24] “Spillover Effects of Inclusion of Classmates with Emotional Problems on Test Scores in Early Elementary School.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. 2010; 29(1): 69-83.
SSRN

[23] “Race and Ethnic Differences in College Achievement: Does High School Attended Matter?” (with Marta Tienda). The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 2010 Jan; 627: 144-166.

[22] “The Effects of Intimate Partner Violence on Health in Young Adulthood in the United States.” Social Science and Medicine. 2010; 70(1): 130-135.
Yale Press Release

[21] “High School Classmates and College Success” (with Marta Tienda). Sociology of Education. 2009; 82(4): 287-314.

[20] “Beauty vs. Brains: Early Labor Market Outcomes of High School Graduates.” Economics Letters. 2009; 105(3): 321-325.
Daily Mail (UK)

[19] “Is Identification with School the Key Component in the ‘Black Box’ of Education Outcomes? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment.” Economics of Education Review. 2009; 28(6): 662-671.

[18] “Assessing the Effect of Increasing Housing Costs on Food Insecurity” (with Susan Busch and Tatiana Andreyeva). Journal of Children and Poverty. 2009; 15(2): 79-93.
SSRN

[17] “The Effects of Adolescent Health on Educational Outcomes: Causal Evidence using ‘Genetic Lotteries’ between Siblings” (with Steven Lehrer). Forum for Health Economics & Policy. 2009; 12(2).
2009 Victor F. Fuchs Research Award in Health Economics
CLSRN Working Paper

[16] “Long-term Consequences of Childhood ADHD on Criminal Activities” (with Barbara Wolfe). Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. 2009; 12(3): 119-138.
SSRN
New Haven Register, Yale Daily News
Reprinted in: “Neuroscience and Criminal Law” (L. Padmavathi, editor). Icfai University Press, 2010.
My thoughts on a related study in the NY Times

[15] “Higher Education and Health Investment: Does More Schooling Affect Preventive Health Care Use?” (with David Frisvold). Journal of Human Capital. 2009 Summer; 3(2): 144-176.

[14] “The Effects of Inclusion on Classmates of Students with Special Needs: The Case of Serious Emotional Problems.” Education Finance and Policy. 2009 Summer; 4(3): 278-299.
SSRN

[13] “Education and Labor Market Consequences of Teenage Childbearing: Evidence Using the Timing of Pregnancy Outcomes and Community Fixed Effects” (with Barbara Wolfe). Journal of Human Resources. 2009 Spring; 44(2): 303-325.
SSRN

[12] “Childhood Mistreatment and Adolescent and Young Adult Depression.” Social Science and Medicine. 2009; 68(5): 799-806.

[11] “All in the Family: Mental Health Spillover Effects Between Working Spouses.” The BE Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy. 2009; 9(1): article 3.
SSRN

[10] “The Impact of Occupation on Self-rated Health: Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Evidence from the Health and Retirement Survey” (with Ralitza Gueorguieva, Jody Sindelar, Tracy Falba, Patricia Keenan, Ran Wu, and William Gallo). Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 2009 Jan; 64B(1): 118-124.
NBER

[9] “Detecting Implausible Social Network Effects in Acne, Height, and Headaches: Longitudinal Analysis” (with Ethan Cohen-Cole). British Medical Journal. 2008; 337: a2533.
SSRN
NY TimesBoston GlobeScienceFreakonomicsNY Times MagazineSlate

[8] “Adolescent Depression: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Educational Attainment.Health Economics. 2008 Nov; 17(11): 1215-1235. (Lead Article)
SSRN

[7] “Is Obesity Contagious? Social Networks vs. Environmental Factors in the Obesity Epidemic” (with Ethan Cohen-Cole). Journal of Health Economics. 2008; 27(5): 1382-1387.
SSRN
Chattanooga Times
SSRN: Our response to Fowler and Christakis
Russell Lyons’ paper (April 2010)

[6] “Child Mental Health and Human Capital Accumulation: the Case of ADHD Revisited” (with Barbara Wolfe). Journal of Health Economics. 2008; 27(3): 794-800.
NBER
SSRN

[5] “What Factors Influence the Structure of the State Income Tax?” (with Matthew Murray). Public Finance Review. 2008; 36(4): 475-496.

[4] “Social Multipliers in Sexual Initiation Decisions among U.S. High School Students.” Demography. 2007 May; 44(2): 373-388.

[3] “Competition over the Tax Base in the State Sales Tax” (with Matthew Murray). Public Finance Review. 2006 May; 34(3): 258-281.

[2] “Social Interactions in Adolescent Television Viewing.” Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2006 Apr; 160(4): 383-386.

[1] “Is There A ‘Singles Tax’? The Relative Income Tax Treatment of Single Households” (with James Alm and Leslie Whittington). Public Budgeting and Finance. 2002 Summer; 22: 69-86.

Non-Referred Publications

[14] “Nonmarital and Teen Fertility” (with Jessica Polos). Prepared for inclusion in the Oxford Handbook on the Economics of Women. Averett SL, Argys LM, and Hoffman SD, editors. New York: Oxford University Press; 2018.
IZA Discussion Paper

[13] “The Promise of Integrating Genetics into Policy Analysis” (with Jason Boardman). Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. 2015 Summer; 34(3): 493-496. (Special Section Introduction)

[12] “To Cause or Not to Cause? That is the Question, But Identical Twins Might Not Have All of the Answers?” (with Jason Boardman). Social Science and Medicine. 2015 Feb; 127: 198-200. (Commentary)

[11] “The Emergence of Socio-genomics” (with Dalton Conley and Chris Dawes). Contemporary Sociology. 2014 Jul; 43(4): 458-467.

[10] “Peer Effects in Health Behaviors.” Encyclopedia of Health Economics. Culyer AJ, editor. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2014; 467-472.

[9] “Understanding the Mechanisms Underlying Peer Group Effects: The Role of Friendships in Determining Adolescent Outcomes” (with Stephen Ross). Vox. 2013 Nov.

[8] “Substitution Patterns Can Limit the Effects of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes on Obesity” (with David Frisvold and Nathan Tefft). Preventing Chronic Disease. 2013; 10: 120195.

[7] “High School Quality and Race Differences in College Achievement” (with Marta Tienda).  Race and Social Problems: Restructuring Inequality. Koeske G, Bangs R, Davis LE, editors. New York: Springer Press; 2012. [reprinted 2015, Bangs R and Davis LE, editors].

[6] “Soda Taxes and Substitution Effects: Will Obesity be Affected?Choices. 2011 Q3; 26(3).

[5] “The Promise and Pitfalls of Combining Genetic and Economic Research.” Health Economics. 2011 Aug; 20(8): 889-892.

[4] “Are Soft Drink Taxes an Effective Mechanism for Reducing Obesity?” (with David Frisvold and Nathan Tefft). Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. 2011; 30(3): 655-662. (Point/Counterpoint)
RWJF

[3] “Peer Effects and Obesity. The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity. Cawley J, editor. Oxford University Press, March 2011.

[2] “Social Networks and Health.” New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. 2010 Oct.

[1] “Accounting for Racial Disparities in Children’s Overweight Status at 2-Years-Old.” Current Issues in Health Economics. Slottje R, Tchernis R, editors. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, December 2010; 290: 163-177.