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September 2011The FDA and ABCs: The Unintended Consequences of Antidepressant Warnings on Human Capital
with Ezra Golberstein, Ellen Meara: w17426
Using annual cross-sectional data on over 100,000 adolescents aged 12-17, we studied academic and behavioral outcomes among those who were and were not likely affected by FDA warnings regarding the safety of antidepressants. Just before the FDA warnings, adolescents with probable depression had grade point averages 0.14 points higher than adolescents with depression just after the warnings. The FDA warnings also coincided with increased delinquency, use of tobacco and illicit drugs. Together, our results stress the importance of mental health and its treatment as an input into cognitive and non-cognitive aspects of human capital.
December 2004Tobacco Spending and its Crowd-Out of Other Goods
with Mireia Jofre-Bonet, Tracy A. Falba, Jody L. Sindelar: w10974
Smoking is an expensive habit. Smoking households spend, on average, more than $1000 annually on cigarettes. For households in which some members smoke, smoking expenditures crowd-out other purchases, which may affect other household members, as well as the smoker. We empirically analyze how expenditures on tobacco crowd out consumption of other goods, estimating the patterns of substitution between tobacco products and other expenditures. We use the Consumer Expenditure Survey (1995 to 2001), which we complement with regional price data, and state cigarette prices. We estimate a consumer demand system of expenditures on cigarettes, food, alcohol, housing, apparel, transportation, medical care and controls for socio-economic variables and other sources of observable heterogeneity. Descript...
January 2001Creating Price Indexes for Measuring Productivity in Mental Health Care
with Ernst R. Berndt, Richard G. Frank
in Frontiers in Health Policy Research, Volume 4, Alan M. Garber, editor
Treatment Price Indexes for Acute Phase Major Depression
with Ernst R. Berndt, Richard Frank
in Medical Care Output and Productivity, David M. Cutler and Ernst R. Berndt, editors

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