Week 1. Measurement and the Experimental Ideal
Angrist, Joshua and Jorn-Steffen Pischke 2010. The Credibility Revolution in Empirical Economics: How Better Research Design is taking the Con out of Econometrics. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 24 (2): 3-30.
Week 2. Regression Analysis
Wooldridge, Jeffrey M. 2013. Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach (5th edition). Mason OH: South-Western, Chapters 2, 3 and 14.
Week 3. The Economics of Obesity
Cawley, John. The Impact of Obesity on Wages. 2004. Journal of Human Resources, 39(2): 451-474.
Fletcher, Jason, David Frisvold, and Nathen Tefft. 2010. Can Soft Drink Taxes Reduce Population Weight? Contemporary Economic Policy, 28(1), 23-35.
Week 4. Addiction, Smoking, and Taxes
Friedman, Abigail S. 2015. How Does Electronic Cigarette Access Affect Adolescent Smoking? Journal of Health Economics, 44: 300-308.
Grafova, Irina B. and Frank P. Stafford. 2009. The Wage Effects of Personal Smoking History.
Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 62 (3): 381-393.
Week 5. Identifying Peer Effects
Carrell, Scott E., Mark Hoekstra, and James E. West. 2011. Is Poor Fitness Contagious? Evidence from Randomly Assigned Friends. Journal of Public Economics, 95: 657-663.
Cohen-Cole, Ethan and Jason Fletcher. 2008. Detecting Implausible Social Network Effects in Acne, Height, and Headaches: Longitudinal Analysis. British Medical Journal, 337: a2533.
Week 6. Alcohol, Marijuana and Public Health
Dee, Thomas. 1999. State Alcohol Policies, Teen Drinking and Traffic Fatalities. Journal of
Public Economics, 72(2): 289-315.
Anderson, D. Mark, Benjamin Hansen, and Daniel I. Rees. 2013. Medical Marijuana Laws,
Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption. Journal of Law and Economics, 56 (2): 333-369.
Anderson, D. Mark and Daniel I. Rees 2021. The Public Health Effects of Legalizing
Marijuana. NBER WP No. 28647.
Weeks 7. The Opioid Epidemic and "Deaths of Despair"
Alpert, Abby, David Powell, Rosalie Liccardo Pacula. 2018. Supply-Side Drug Policy in the Presence of Substitutes: Evidence from the Introduction of Abuse-Deterrent Opioids. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 10 (4) 1-35.
Alpert, Abby E. William N. Evans, Ethan M.J. Lieber, and David Powell. 2019. Origins of the Opioid Crisis and Its Enduring Impacts. NBER WP No. 26500.
Week 8. COVID-19 and Health Behaviors
Bazzi, Samuel, Martin Fiszbein, and Mesay Gebresilasse. 2020. Rugged Individualism and Collective (In)action during the Covid-19 Pandemic. NBER Working Paper No. 27776.
Courtemanche, Charles, Joseph Garuccio, Anh Le, Joshua Pinkston, and Aaron Yelowitz. 2020. Strong Social Distancing Measures in The United States Reduced the COVID-19 Growth Rate. Health Affairs, Vol. 39 (7).
Dave, Dhaval M., Andrew I. Friedson, Kyutaro Matsuzawa, Joseph J. Sabia, and Samuel Safford. 2020. Black Lives Matter Protests, Social Distancing, and COVID-19. NBER Working Paper No. 27408.