Laura Argys

University of Colorado Denver
Department of Economics
Campus Box 181
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
& Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

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Institutional Affiliation: Colorado University Denver

NBER Working Papers and Publications

February 2017With a Little Help from My Friends: The Effects of Naloxone Access and Good Samaritan Laws on Opioid-Related Deaths
with Daniel I. Rees, Joseph J. Sabia, Joshua Latshaw, Dhaval Dave: w23171
In an effort to address the opioid epidemic, a majority of states have recently passed some version of a Naloxone Access Law (NAL) and/or a Good Samaritan Law (GSL). NALs allow lay persons to administer naloxone, which temporarily counteracts the effects of an opioid overdose; GSLs provide immunity from prosecution for drug possession to anyone who seeks medical assistance in the event of a drug overdose. This study is the first to examine the effect of these laws on opioid-related deaths. Using data from the National Vital Statistics System multiple cause-of-death mortality files for the period 1999-2014, we find that the adoption of a NAL is associated with a 9 to 11 percent reduction in opioid-related deaths. The estimated effect of GLSs on opioid-related deaths is of comparable mag...

Published: Daniel I. Rees & Joseph J. Sabia & Laura M. Argys & Dhaval Dave & Joshua Latshaw, 2019. "With a Little Help from My Friends: The Effects of Good Samaritan and Naloxone Access Laws on Opioid-Related Deaths," The Journal of Law and Economics, vol 62(1), pages 1-27.

February 2003Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die? An Analysis of Prisoners on Death Row in the United States
with Naci Mocan: w9507
Using data on the entire population of prisoners under a sentence of death in the U.S. between 1977 and 1997, this paper investigates the probability of being executed on death row in any given year, as well as the probability of commutation when reaching the end of death row. The analyses control for personal characteristics and previous criminal record of the death row inmates. We link the data on death row inmates to a number of characteristics of the state of incarceration, including variables which allow us to assess the degree to which the political process enters into the final outcome in a death penalty case. Inmates with only a grade school diploma are more likely to receive clemency, and those with some college attendance are less likely to have their sentence commuted. Blacks a...

Published: Argys, Laura and Naci Mocan. “Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die? An Analysis of Prisoners on Death Row in the United States." Journal of Legal Studies 33, 2 (June 2004): 255-282. citation courtesy of

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