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Daniel Rees Analysis On Impacts of Marijuana Legalization Cited

Nov. 25, 2021

Earlier this year, Economics Professor Daniel Rees, with a colleague from Montana State University, performed a comprehensive review of public health consequences of cannabis legalization, encompassing dozens of published studies. On traffic safety, they found that “road safety improves when medical marijuana is legalized,” noting cannabis as a beneficial substitute...

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New Research on State Incentive Impacts on Vaccination Rate from Andrew Friedson

Oct. 28, 2021

None of the 19 states that implemented statewide COVID-19 vaccine lotteries this summer saw an increase in vaccination rates as a result of the incentive programs, according to a study published this month in Jama Health Forum . The study is the first to examine the effectiveness of 19 state-run...

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Chloe East Weighs in on How Childcare Availability Affects the Workforce amidst Nationwide Labor Shortage

July 21, 2021

“Limited childcare access is harmful for parents and particularly for mothers with young preschool-age kids,” said Assistant Professor of Economics Chloe East. “If we were to reopen childcare more than we have, I would expect to see an increase in work effort among parents, but again especially mothers.” Amid Staff...

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Chloe East on How COVID Revealed Flaws in Unemployment

May 19, 2021

“There are a lot of flaws and gaps in the unemployment insurance system that were revealed in COVID but have always been there,” said Assistant Professor of Economics Chloe East. Automatic Aid for the People? How Jobless Benefits Can Fit the Economy. The New York Times , April 27

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Teen Marijuana Usage Isn’t Impacted by Legalization According to Analysis fromDaniel Rees

April 28, 2021

A literature review, published this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research and authored by D. Mark Anderson of Montana State University and Economics Professor Daniel I. Rees, covers The Public Health Effects of Legalizing Marijuana . This working paper focuses on studies from leading economics, public policy, public...

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Preterm Birth and Light Pollution Linked, According to Research from Laura Argys

Feb. 16, 2021

Findings from a first-of-its-kind study by Associate Dean and Professor of Economics Laura Argys show light pollution can increase the likelihood of preterm birth. She said, "We discovered that increased light pollution is linked to some pretty severe health challenges, In pregnant women, this includes a higher chance of delivering...

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Chloe East on Proposed COVID Relief Plan’s Impact on Poverty

Feb. 3, 2021

President Joe Biden said a $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan would cut child poverty in half, which would be the largest reduction in recent history. “This seems reasonable,” said Chloe East, Assistant Professor of Economics. “If all these things Biden proposed passed, we might expect [poverty reduction] to be even...

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Social Safety Nets Remain Unequal and Under Threat during the Pandemic Says Chloe East

Jan. 21, 2021

“I think the levels of hardship we see right now, in terms of food insecurity and other measures, is at historic highs,” said Chloe East, Economics Assistant Professor. Additionally, because unemployment benefits are based on pre job loss earnings, unemployment insurance is smaller for people who were earning less. Unemployment...

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Andrew Friedson Tracking Adherence to COVID-19 Restrictions with Traffic Data

Dec. 2, 2020

“We've been seeing traffic accidents and spending continuing to crawl up during a time period where cases were crawling up at the same time,” said Andrew Friedson, Associate Professor of Economics, whose work has increasingly focused on the effect of COVID-19 on consumer behavior. “So it's a little unclear to...

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Andrew Friedson Explains How Insurance Companies Profit From Pandemic

Oct. 28, 2020

UnitedHealth and other insurers set rates prior to the pandemic and are the happy recipients of gobs of cash resulting from fewer claims being filed. “I see this as a case where insurance companies may have been handed a windfall, as money in was based on a high projection of...