“Mental Health Courts and their Effects on Repeat Offending and Suicidality: Evidence from Randomized Therapists” (with Jonathan Seward and Vivian Vigliotti)

“Children on the Move: Progressive Redistribution of Humanitarian Cash Transfers among Refugees” (with Facundo Cuevas, Çigdem Çelik, Berk Ozler and Luca Parisotto)

Craigslist Reduced Violence Against Women” (with Gregory DeAngelo and John Tripp). Revise and resubmit at Journal of Human Resources.

       Media coverage: Huffington PostThinkProgressReply All

The role of beauty in the organization of prostitution markets”. (with Gregory DeAngelo and Erica Smith). Revise and Resubmit at Southern Economic Journal. 

“Studying the Effects of Incarceration Shocks to Drug Markets" (with Samuel Kang).  under review at Journal of Health Economics

“The Long-term Effects of the Rwanda Genocide on Child Work (with Yoo-Mi Chin and Van Pham). Revise and Resubmit at Economic Development and Cultural Change.


The Economics of Sex Markets: Regulation, Online Technology and Sex Trafficking” (with Manisha Shah).  Forthcoming at Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics at Springer. 

Fracking and Risky Sexual Activity” (with Gregory DeAngelo and Brock Smith). Forthcoming at Journal of Health Economics

"Revisiting the Effect of Warrantless Domestic Violence Laws on Intimate Partner Homicides” (with Yoo-Mi Chin). 2019. Journal of Public Economics,  volume 179.

How far is too far? New evidence on abortion clinic closures, access and abortions” (with Jason Lindo, Caitlin Myers and Andrea Schlosser).  2019. Journal of Human Resources

       Media coverage: SalonVox’s The Weeds

"Decriminalizing Indoor Prostitution: Implications for Sexual Violence and Public Health", (with Manisha Shah). 2018. Review of Economic Studies 85(3) July, 1683-1715.

       Media coverage:  VoxWaPoAdvocateSlateThe WeekLA WeeklyDaily Mail,

                                     National PostThe Globe and the MailReasonNPR, Quartz

Prostitution, Hours, Job Amenities and Education" (with Todd Kendall), (appendix), 2017. Review of Economics of the Household 15(4) December 1055-1080 (2010 version)

       Media coverage: The Economist

Health Anxiety and Medical Utilization: The Moderating Effect of Age Among Patients in Primary Care” (with Thomas A. Ferguson, Jackson O. Griggs, and Lance P. Kelley), Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 2017. Vol. 51, October, 79-85.

Examining the Role of Client Reviews and Reputation within Online Prostitution” (with Todd Kendall), 2016. The Handbook of the Economics of Prostitution (ed. Scott Cunningham and Manisha Shah), Oxford University Press.

Violent Video Games and Violent Crime” (with Michael Ward and Benjamin Engelstatter), 2016. Southern Economic Journal, April, 82(4) 1247-1265.

       Media coverage: New York Times, US News and World Report, Telegraph

"Are Prescription-only Precursor Control Laws a Prescription to Lower the Social Costs of Methamphetamine?", (with Keith Finlay and Charles Stoecker), International Journal of Drug Policy, 2015. November 26(11), 1144-1149.

"Willingness-to-Pay for Pharmaceutical Retail Convenience: Evidence from a Contingent Choice Experiment," (with Keith Finlay and Charles Stoecker), 2015. PLoS-One, 10(5), 

"Identifying Demand Responses to Illegal Drug Supply Interdictions,'' (with Keith Finlay). 2016. Health Economics, 25(10), 1268-1290.

"Prostitution 3.0: A Comment", (with Todd Kendall), 2014. Iowa Law Review Bulletin, 98:131-141.

“The Long-run effect of abortion legalization and sexually transmitted infections”,  (with Christopher Cornwell), 2012. American Law and Economics Review, 15(1), Spring: 381-407.

Parental substance abuse and foster care: evidence from two methamphetamine supply shocks?”, (online appendix ) (with Keith Finlay), 2012. Economic Inquiry, 51(1): 764-82.

Prostitution 2.0: the changing face of sex work” (with Todd Kendall), 2011. Journal of Urban Economics, 69(3) 273-287 

“Men in transit and prostitution: using political conventions as a natural experiment” (with Todd Kendall), 2011. The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy: 11(1), Topics, Article 30.

Prostitution, technology and the law: new data and directions” (with Todd Kendall), 2011. Research Handbook in the Law and Economics of the Family, edited by Lloyd R. Cohen and Joshua D. Wright, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.

Risk behaviours among internet-facilitated sex workers: evidence from two new datasets” (with Todd Kendall), 2010. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 86(iii), 100-105.


Works in progress

“Craigslist’s Effect on Fertility” (with Christine Durrance and Melanie Guldi)

“Predicting Suicide Risk in a Large Metropolitan Correctional Complex” (with Jonathan Seward, Danny Smith, and Vivian Vigliotti)


The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Prostitution (edited with Manisha Shah), 2016.
        Oxford University Press

Causal Inference: The Mixtape (under contract with Yale University Press)

Grants and Rewards

Robert Wood Johnson Public Health and Law (co-PI, $116,462) “How does regulating pseudoephedrine access affect methamphetamine-related public health outcomes?” (with Keith Finlay). 

H.B. Earhart Fellowship (2003-2007)

Knickerbacker Poetry Prize (1999)

Baylor Summer Research Sabbatical (2007-2010, 2012-2017)