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Characterizing prescription opioid, heroin, and fentanyl initiation trajectories: A qualitative study
Social Science & Medicine

Tasha Perdue describes opioid initiation within each of the three waves from the perspective of people who use illicit opioids, with a focus on emerging pathways into fentanyl use.

Simulated Power Analyses for Observational Studies: An Application to the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion
Journal of Public Economics

Using an applied example – the link between gaining health insurance and mortality – Alex Hollingsworth and colleagues conduct a simulated power analysis to outline the importance of power and ways to estimate power in complex research settings.

Comparative Effects of Recreational and Medical Marijuana Laws on Drug Use among Adults and Adolescents
The Journal of Law and Economics

Alex Hollingsworth's new research finds that recreational laws increase past-year marijuana use by 25 percent among adults and by 10 percent among adolescents.

Polluting under the Radar: Emissions, Inequality, and Concrete Batch Plants in Houston
Environmental Science & Technology

Alex Hollingsworth and colleagues show that concrete batch plants in Houston, TX are collectively a large source of pollution, emitting between 38 and 111 tons of primary PM2.5 emissions annually and being disproportionately located in census tracts with more low-income, Hispanic, and Black populations.

A Thousand Cuts: Cumulative Lead Exposure Reduces Academic Achievement
The Journal of Human Resources

Alex Hollingsworth studies how ambient lead exposure impacts learning in elementary school by leveraging a natural experiment where a large national automotive racing organization switched from leaded to unleaded fuel. 

The Effects of Administrative Burden on Program Equity and Performance: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in a Foreclosure Prevention Program
RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences

Stephanie Moulton's study examines the effects of reforms to reduce administrative burden in a foreclosure prevention program by streamlining the application process and reducing applicant wait times.

Researching Homeownership Inequalities: A Life-Cycle Perspective

This article examines four specific research topics at different stages in the homeownership life cycle—from mortgage underwriting to post-purchase support, as proposed in the HUD learning objectives.

Economic Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis: Evidence from Credit and Debt of Older Adults
Journal of Pension Economics & Finance

Stephanie Moulton documents the credit outcomes of older adults immediately before and after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

For-Profit Charter Schools: An Evaluation of their Spending and Outcomes
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Using recent data from Ohio, Professor Stéphane Lavertu and Assistant Professor Long Tran dig into what is meant by “forprofit” charter schools, how they spend resources differently from other charters, and how they compare in effectiveness to other charters (and to traditional public schools) in academic and nonacademic outcomes.

The Ohio EdChoice Program’s Impact on School District Enrollments, Finances, and Academics
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Stéphane Lavertu estimates the impact of the EdChoice programs by comparing changes in district outcomes (from before these programs were in place to the 2018–19 school year) between districts that had higher as opposed to lower levels of exposure to them.

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