Lauren Hersch Nicholas
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
624 N Broadway, Room 450
Baltimore, MD 21205
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|September 2017||The Impact of State Medical Marijuana Laws on Social Security Disability Insurance and Workers' Compensation Benefit Claiming|
with Johanna Catherine Maclean, Keshar M. Ghimire: w23862
We study the effect of state medical marijuana laws (MMLs) on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Workers' Compensation (WC) claiming. We use data on benefit claiming drawn from the 1990 to 2013 Current Population Survey coupled with a differences-in-differences design. We find that passage of an MML increases SSDI, but not WC, claiming on both the intensive and extensive margins. Post-MML the propensity to claim SSDI increases by 0.27 percentage points (9.9%) and SSDI benefits increase by 2.6%. We identify heterogeneity by age and the manner in which states regulate medical marijuana. Our findings suggest an unintended consequence of MMLs: increased reliance on costly social insurance programs among working age adults.
|September 2016||The effect of medical marijuana laws on the health and labor supply of older adults: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study|
with Johanna Catherine Maclean: w22688
We study the effect of state medical marijuana laws on older adult health and labor supply. Older adults have the highest rates of many health conditions for which marijuana may be effective in alleviating work-impeding symptoms, implying that this population is more likely experience health and labor supply benefits from access to marijuana than younger populations. We use the Health and Retirement Study to study these questions and estimate differences-in-differences regression models. Three principle findings emerge from our analysis. First, we document that medical marijuana law passage leads to reductions in chronic pain and improvements in self-assessed health among older adults. Second, we show that passage of a state medical marijuana law leads to increases in older adult labo...
|April 2013||Informal Care and Inter-vivos Transfers: Results from the National Longitudinal Survey of Mature Women|
with Edward C. Norton, Sean Sheng-Hsiu Huang: w18948
Informal care is the largest source of long-term care for elderly, surpassing home health care and nursing home care. By definition, informal care is unpaid. It remains a puzzle why so many adult children give freely of their time. Transfers of time to the older generation may be balanced by financial transfers going to the younger generation. This leads to the question of whether informal care and inter-vivos transfers are causally related. We analyze data from the 1999 and 2003 waves of National Longitudinal Survey of Mature Women. We examine whether the elderly parents give more inter-vivos monetary transfers to adult children who provide informal care, by examining both the extensive and intensive margins of financial transfers and of informal care. We find statistically signifi...
Published: Norton Edward C. & Nicholas Lauren H. & Huang Sean Sheng-Hsiu, 2013. "Informal Care and Inter-vivos Transfers: Results from the National Longitudinal Survey of Mature Women," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 14(2), pages 377-400, May. citation courtesy of