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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Brady P. Horn

Department of Economics
University of New Mexico
Econ 2023B, Albuquerque, NM 87131

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

August 2016Do Minimum Wage Increases Influence Worker Health?
with Joanna Catherine Maclean, Michael R. Strain: w22578
This study investigates whether minimum wage increases in the United States affect an important non-market outcome: worker health. To study this question, we use data on lesser-skilled workers from the 1993-2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Surveys coupled with differences-in-differences and triple-difference models. We find little evidence that minimum wage increases lead to improvements in overall worker health. In fact, we find some evidence that minimum wage increases may decrease some aspects of health, especially among unemployed male workers. We also find evidence that increases reduce mental strain among employed workers.

Published: Brady P. Horn & Johanna Catherine Maclean & Michael R. Strain, 2017. "DO MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES INFLUENCE WORKER HEALTH?," Economic Inquiry, .

June 2013Recessions and Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment
with Jonathan H. Cantor, Johanna Catherine Maclean: w19115
Previous economic research shows that recessions lead to worsening substance abuse. In this paper we study the effect of recessions on admissions to specialty substance abuse treatment using administrative data between 1992 and 2015. Using data from Treatment Episode Data Set and a differences-in-differences empirical strategy, we find no evidence that recessions influence the overall number of admissions. However, we document substantial heterogeneity across drugs of abuse. Combining our findings with previous economic studies suggests that unmet need for substance abuse treatment increases during recessions.
 
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