The Genome Factor by Dalton Conley and Jason Fletcher received two awards from ASA



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The Genome Factor by Dalton Conley and Jason Fletcher

The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals About Ourselves, Our History and Our Future
Princeton University Press; January 2017


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


 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.

Articles: In Press

“Religious service attendance is protective against the diseases of despair: evidence from regression, sibling fixed effects and instrumental variables analysis.” (with Michael Lebenbaum) (in press) Feb 2024. American Journal of Epidemiology.

Educational Attainment, Family Background and the Emergence of Pain Gradients in Adulthood” (With Michael Topping) (in press) Feb 2024. Social Science & Medicine.

“Early-Life Economic Conditions and Old-Age Mortality” (with Hamid NoghanibehambariLauren Schmitz, Valentina Duque, and Vikas Gawai). (in press) 2023 Jan. Journal of Population Economics.

“Selection in Life Course Research: An Assessment with Genetic Data.” (With Shiro Furuya and Qiongshi Lu) (in press). 2024 Jan. Demography.

Articles: Published

*with student or postdoctoral researcher coauthor

[171] “Dust to Feed, Dust to Grey: The Effect of In-Utero Exposure to the Dust Bowl on Old-Age Longevity” (with Hamid Noghanibehambari). 2024 Feb. Demography. 

[170] “Interpreting Polygenic Score Effects in Sibling Analysis” (with Yuchang Wu, Tianchang Li, and Qiongshi Li). 2024 Feb. Plos One.

[169] “Disparate Effects of Disruptive Events in Childhood” (editors: with Jennie Brand and Florencia Torche). The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences. 2024 January.

[168] “The Siren Song of Cicadas: Early-Life Pesticide Exposure and Later-Life Mortality” (with Hamid Noghanibehambari). Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. 2024 Jan.

[167] “Unequal before Death: The Effect of Paternal Education on Children’s Old Age Mortality” (with Hamid Noghanibehambari). 2023 Jul. Population Studies

[166] “The big (genetic) sort? Reassessing migration patterns and their genetic imprint in the UK” (with Shiro Furuya, Jihua Liu, Zhongxuan Sun, and Qiongshi Lu), 2023 Dec. Demography. 

[165] “The Effects of Education on Mortality: Evidence Using College Expansions” (with Hamid Noghanibehambari). 2023 Dec. Health Economics.

[164] “Understanding Internal Migration: An Assessment of Migration Selection with Genetic Data” (with Shiro Furuya, Jihua Liu, Zhongxuan Sun, and Qiongshi Lu). Demography. 2023 Dec

[163] “Long-Term Health Benefits of Occupational Licensing: Evidence from Midwifery Laws” (with Hamid Noghanibehambari). Journal of Health Economics. 2023 Dec.

[162] “Analysis of Sex-Specific Gene-by-Cohort and Genetic Correlatin-by-Cohort Interaction in Educational and Reproductive Outcomes Using the UK Biobank Data” (with Boyan Zheng, Jie Song, and Qiongshi Lu). Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 2023 August.

[161] “In Utero and Early-Life Exposure to Alcohol and Old Age Mortality: Evidence from the Temperance Movement in the US” (with Hamid Noghanibehambari).  Economics and Human Biology, Volume 50, 2023 Aug: 101276

[160] “Decoupling Genetics from Attainments: The Role of Social Environments.” Economics and Human Biology. Volume 50, 2023 Aug: 101259

[159] “Social Security Disability Insurance and Intergenerational Economic Mobility” (with Katie Jajtner and Matt Messel). Contemporary Economic Policy. Volume 41(4). 575-593. 2023, July. 

[158] “Multidimensional Intergenerational Mobility” (with Katie Jajtner). Social Science & Medicine, Volume 328, 2023 July: 115966

[157] “Area-Level Infant Mortality Exposure in Early Life and Alzheimer’s Disease Mortality: Examining Variation Based on Age, Sex, and Place of Birth” (with Michael Topping and Jinho Kim), Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 2023 May; 93, 1007-1016.

[156] *“The Production of Within-family Inequality: Insights and Implications of Integrating Genetic Data” (with Yuchang Wu, Zijie Zhao, and Qiongshi Lu). PNAS-Nexus. 2023 April; 2, 1-7.

[155] “Re-Examining the Relationship Between Education and Adult Mental Health: Evidence from Sibling Fixed-Effects and Genetic Controls in the UK Biobank” (with Vikesh Amin, Qiongshi Lu, and Jie Song). Economics of Education Review. 2023 April; 93: 102354.

[154] “Childhood Exposure to Child Labor Laws and Old-Age Mortality: Evidence from Enforcements induced by Birth Registration Laws” (with Hamid Noghanibehambari). Health Economics 32, no. 3 (March 2023): 735-743.

[153] “Understanding Geographic Disparities in Mortality” (with Hans Schwarz, Michal Engelman, Norman J. Johnson, Jahn Hakes, and Alberto Palloni). Demography. 2023 March; 10609710.

[152] “Gender differences in the association between parity and cognitive function: Evidence from the UK biobank” (with Yan ZhangQiongshi Lu, and Jie Song). Social Science & Medicine. 2023 March; 320: 115649.

[151] *”Decomposing heritability and genetic covariance by direct and indirect effect paths” (with Jie Song, Yiqing Zou, Yuchang Wu, Jiacheng Miao, Ze Yu, and Qiongshi Lu). PLoS Genetic. 2023 Jan; 19(1): e1010620.

[150] “Childhood exposure to birth registration laws and old‐age mortality” (with Hamid Noghanibehambari) Health Economics. 2022 Dec; 32, no. 3: 735-743.

[149] *“A quantile integral linear model to quantify genetic effects on phenotypic variability”(with Jiacheng Miao, Yupei Lin, Yuchang Wu, Boyan Zheng, Lauren Schmitz, and Qiongshi Lu). Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences. 2022 Sep; 119 (39) e2212959119.

[148] *“Early Life Environments and Cognition in Adulthood: New Evidence Using a Semiparametric Approach and Quantile Regression” (with Shiro Furuya). Social Science & Medicine: Population Health. 2022 Sep; 19: 101251.

[147] “Heterogeneity in disease resistance and the impact of antibiotics in the US” (with Justin Cook). In press, Economics & Human Biology. 2022 Dec; 47: 101155.

[146] “What is driving the relationship between height and cognition? Evidence from the Twins Early Development Study” (with Vikesh Amin). Economics & Human Biology. 2022 Dec; 47: 101174.

[145] *“Detecting genetic heterogeneities in response to trauma: The case of 9/11” (with Shiro Furuya, Zijie Zhao, Zhongxuan Sun, and Qiongshi Lu). SSM–Mental Health. 2022 Dec; 2.

[144] *“Network resources and educational outcomes among Mexican-origin youth” (with Josefina Flores Morales, Christina Diaz, and Jenna Nobles). Social Science Research. 2022 July, 102694.

[143] *”Gene-by-Peer-Environment Interaction Effects on Cigarette, Alcohol, and Marijuana Use Among US High School Students of European Ancestry” (with Boyan Zheng, Qiongshi Lu, and Fengyi Zheng). Social Science & Medicine. 2022 Sep; 309: 115249.

[142] *“GWAS on Birth Year Infant Mortality Rates Provides New Evidence of Recent Natural Selection” (with Yuchang Wu, Shiro Furuya, Zihang Wang, Jenna Nobles, and Qiongshi Lu). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2022 Feb; 119(12): e2117312119.

[141] “Higher educational attainment is associated with longer telomeres in midlife: Evidence from sibling comparisons in the UK Biobank” (with Vikesh Amin, Zhongxuan Sun, and Qiongshi Lu). Social Science & Medicine–Population Health. 2022 Mar; 17: 101018.

[140] *“Immigrant status and the social returns to academic achievement in adolescence” (with Leafia Zi Ye). Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 2022 Jan.

[139] *“From convergence to divergence: Lifespan variation in US states, 1959-2017” (with Wei Xu and Michal Engelman). Social Science & MedicinePopulation Health. 2021 Dec; 16: 100987.

[138] *“Parental Status in Later Life and Parents’ Risk of Cognitive Impairment” (with Yan Zhang). Social Science & MedicinePopulation Health. 2021 Dec; 16.

[137] “The effects of relative body weight on socioemotional and schooling outcomes among female adolescents in the United States” (with Jinho Kim). Social Science & Medicine. 2021 Nov; 289.

[136] “Genetic Risks, Adolescent Health, and Schooling Attainment” (with Vikesh Amin, Jere R. Behrman, Carlos A. Flores, Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, and Hans-Peter Kohler). Health Economics. 2021 Nov; 30(11): 2905-2920.

[135] “Health, Wealth, and Voting Trajectories in Later Life” (with Michal Engelman, Won-tak Joo, and Barry Burden). The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. 2021 Oct; gbab191.

[134] “PUMAS: 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). Genome Biology. 2021 Sep; 22(257).

[133] *“State of birth and cardiovascular disease mortality: multilevel analyses of the National Longitudinal Mortality Study” (with Michael Topping and Wei Xu). Social Science & Medicine–Population Health. 2021 Sep; 15.

[132] “Evaluating the Continued Integration of Genetics into Medical Sociology” (with Jason Boardman). Health and Social Behavior. 2021 Aug.

[131] “High Schools and Intergenerational Mobility” (with Joel Han). Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. Dec 2021.

[130] “Association and Pathways of Birth in the Stroke Belt on Old Age Dementia and Stroke Mortality” (with Michael Topping and Jinho Kim). Social Science & Medicine–Population Health. 2021 Sept; 15.

[129] “Geographic Variation in Alzheimer’s Disease Mortality” (with Michael Topping and Jinho Kim). PLOS ONE. Jul 2021.

[128] “The Effects of Education on Cognition in Older Age: Evidence from Genotyped Siblings” (with Michael Topping, Fengyi Zheng, and Qiongshi Lu). Social Science & Medicine. 2021 Jul; 280.

[127] “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). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2021 Jun; 118(25).

[126] “The Effects of Foreign-Born Peers in US High Schools and Middle Schools” (with Jinho Kim, Jenna NoblesIrina Shaorshadze, and Stephen Ross). Journal of Human Capital. 2021; 15(3).

[125] “Intergenerational Health Mobility: Magnitudes and Importance of Schools and Place” (with Katie Jajtner). Health Economics. 2021 Apr.

[124] “Educational Attainments of Children with Adopted Siblings” (with Marsha MailickJan GreenbergJieun Song, and Barbara Wolfe). Journal of Family Issues. 2021 Jan.

[123] “Health Policy and Genetic Endowments: Understanding Sources of Response to Minimum Legal Drinking Age Laws” (with Qiongshi Lu). Health Economics. 2021 Jan; 30(1): 194-203.

[122] “Where and When: Sharpening the Lens on Geographic Disparities in Mortality” (with Wei XuAlberto Palloni, and Michal Engelman). Social Science & MedicinePopulation Health. 2020 Dec; 12.

[121] “Undue Burden Beyond Texas: An Analysis of Abortion Clinic Closures, Births, And Abortions in Wisconsin” (with Joanna Venator). Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. 2020 Nov; 40(3): 774-813.

[120] “Childhood Origins of Intergenerational Health Mobility in the United States” (with Katie Jajtner). Health Affairs. 2020 Oct; 39(10).

[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 April.

[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 Aug20(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] “Intergenerational Mobility in Education: Variation in Geography and Time” (with Joel Han). Journal of Human Capital. 2019; 13(4): 585-634.

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

[110] “Out of Snyc, Out of Society: Political Beliefs and Social Networks” (with Won-tak Joo). Special Issue of Network Science. 2020 March; 1-24.

[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.

[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).

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

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

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

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

[100] “­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 Aug; 23(3): 307-339.

[99] “Economics and Genomics.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance. 2018 Aug [online].

[98] “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.

[97] “Learning Hope and Optimism: Classmate Experiences and Adolescent Development” (with Jinho Kim). Applied Economic Letters. 2018 Jun; 26(5): 409-412.
IZA Discussion Paper

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

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

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

[93] “The Social Genome of Friends and Schoolmates in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health” (with Ben Domingue, Dan Belsky, Dalton ConleyJason Boardman, and Kathleen Harris). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2018 Jan; 115 (4): 702-707.
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[92] *“The Influence of Classmates on Adolescent Criminal Activities in the United States” (with Jinho Kim). Deviant Behavior. 2018; 39:3: 275-292.

[91] “Dynamic Effects of Sibling Death on Children’s Outcomes” (with Marian Vidal-Fernandez, and Barbara Wolfe). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2017 Dec; 115(1): 115-120.

[90] “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.

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

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

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

[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 March; 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 BoardmanDalton Conley, and Ben Domingue). Behavior Genetics. 2015 July; 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.
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[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.
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[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] “Incorporating Health Into Studies of Political Behavior: Evidence for Turnout and Partisanship” (with Julianna Pacheco). Political Research Quarterly. 2015 Mar; 68(1): 104-116.

[74] “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.

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

[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 Nov; 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 Oct; 79(6): 1039-1066.
Winner, Sociology of Education James Coleman Award for Outstanding Article
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[67] “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.

[66] *“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.

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

[64] “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.
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[63] “The Long Run Health Returns to College Quality” (with David Frisvold). Review of Economics of the Household. 2014; 12: 295-325.

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

[61] “Friends or Family? Revisiting the Effects of High School Popularity on Adult Earnings.”
Applied Economics. 
2014 April; 46(20): 2408-2417.
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[60] “Increasing Our Understanding of the Health-income Gradient in Children” (with Barbara Wolfe). Health Economics. 2014 Apr; 23(4): 473-486.

[59] *“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
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[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.

[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 Sept; 103: S42-45.

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

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

[51] “A Sibling Death in the Family: Common and Consequential” (with Marsha Seltzer, Jieun Song, and Barbara Wolfe). Demography. 2012 Oct; 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.e
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.
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[48] “How Social and Genetic Factors Predict Friendship Networks” (with Ben Domingue and Jason Boardman). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2012 Oct; 109 (43): 17377-17381.
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[47] “The Effects of First Occupation on Long Term Health Status: Evidence from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study.” Journal of Labor Research. 2012 March; 33(1): 49-75.

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

[45] *“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.
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[44] “Understanding Heterogeneity in Price Elasticities in the Demand for Alcohol for Older Individuals” (with Padmaja AyyagariPartha Deb, Bill Gallo, and Jody Sindelar). Health Economics. 2011 Dec; 22(1): 89-105.
The Economist

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

[42] “The Effects of Teenage Childbearing on the Short- and Long-term Health Behaviors of Mothers.” Journal of Population Economics. Aug 2011; 25(1): 201-218.

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

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

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

[38] “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 May; 57(1): 3-32.

[37] “Peer Influences on Adolescent Alcohol Consumption: Evidence Using an Instrumental Variables/Fixed Effect Approach.” Journal of Population Economics. 2011 April; 25(4): 1265-1286.

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

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

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

[33] “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.

[33] “The Effects of Family Stressors on Substance Use Initiation in Adolescence” (with Jody Sindelar). Review of Economics of the Household. 2011 Jan; 10(1): 99-114.

[31] “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 Dec; 94(11-12): 967-974.
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[30] “The Effects of Teenage Fatherhood on Early Outcomes” (with Barbara Wolfe). Economic Inquiry. 2010 June; 50(1): 182-201.
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[29] *“Long Term Effects of Childhood Asthma on Adult Health” (with Jeremy Green and Matthew Neidell). Journal of Health Economics. 2010 May; 29(3): 377-387.
Yale Press Release

[28] “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

[27] “Can Soft Drink Taxes Reduce Population Weight?” (with David Frisvold and Nathan Tefft).
Contemporary Economic Policy. 2010 Jan; 28(1): 23-35.
ForbesMSNUS News & World ReportsYale Daily News

[26] “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.

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

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

[23] “Adolescent Depression and Educational Attainment: Results Using Sibling Fixed Effects.” Health Economics. 2009 Jul; 19(7): 855-871.

[22] “Spillover Effects of Inclusion of Classmates with Emotional Problems on Test Scores in Early Elementary School.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. 2009 Jun; 29(1): 69-83.

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

[20] “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.

[19] “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.

[18] “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

[17] “Long-term Consequences of Childhood ADHD on Criminal Activities” (with Barbara Wolfe). Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. 2009; 12(3): 119-138.
New Haven RegisterYale 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

[16] “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.

[15] “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.

[14] “Social Interactions and Smoking: Evidence Using Multiple Student Cohorts, Instrumental Variables, and School Fixed Effects.” Health Economics. 2009 Apr; 19(4): 466-484.

[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.

[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.

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

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

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

[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.
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.

[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

[15] “Polygenic Screening: What’s the use?” (with Yuchang Wu and Qiongshi Lu). eLife. 2021 Oct;10:e73193.

[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)

[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.