Brady P. Horn

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

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

January 2019Substance Use Disorder Treatment Centers and Property Values
with Aakrit Joshi, Johanna Catherine Maclean: w25427
Substance use disorders (SUDs) are a major social concern in the United States and other developed countries. There is an extensive economic literature estimating the social costs associated with SUDs in terms of healthcare, labor market outcomes, crime, traffic accidents, and so forth. However, beyond anecdotal claims that SUD treatment centers (SUDTCs), settings in which patients receive care for their SUDs, have a negative effect on property values, there is scant empirical work on this question. In this paper, we investigate the effect of SUDTCs on residential property values using data from Seattle, Washington, and SUDTC location, entry, and exit information. To mitigate bias from the potential endogeneity of SUDTC location choices, we apply a spatial differences-in-differences (SDD) ...
August 2018Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, Opioid Abuse, and Crime
with Dhaval Dave, Monica Deza: w24975
The past two decades have witnessed a substantial increase in opioid use and abuse in the United States. In response to this opioid epidemic, prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) have been implemented in virtually all states. These programs collect, monitor, and analyze prescription opioid data with the goal of preventing the abuse and diversion of controlled substances. A growing literature has found that voluntary PDMPs, which do not require doctors to access PDMPs before prescribing controlled substances, have had little effect on opioid use and misuse. However, PDMPs that do mandate access have been found to be effective in reducing opioid misuse and other related health outcomes. In this paper we study the broader impact of voluntary and mandatory-access PDMPs on crime, and i...
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, . citation courtesy of

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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