Research

June 14, 2022

Published Research

Using Administrative Data to Examine Telemedicine Usage Among Medicaid Beneficiaries During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Medical Care (July 2022). Published version;

A World Without Borders Revisited: The Impact of Online Sales Tax Collection on Shopping and Search, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy (Spring 2022). Published version; Working paper version

Working Papers

Less is More Expensive: Income Differences in Bulk Buying

Abstract: Increasing the salience of unit prices can reduce consumption inequality. Using Nielsen data, I show that low-income households forgo savings by not buying in bulk. I estimate that low-income households could save 5% on groceries if they bought in bulk like high-income households. Using novel data on state-level unit-price regulations and warehouse club entry, I find that cognitive costs, store preferences, liquidity constraints, and storage costs discourage low-income households from bulk buying. Mandating unit price display, a policy adopted by nine states, may reduce cognitive costs, increase the salience of unit prices, and close the ``bulk buying gap’’ by 26%.

Research In Progress

Going Off-Script: Physician License Suspensions and Primary Care Access for Medicaid Recipients (in progress) with Emma Dean and Daniel Kaliski

Made from Scratch: SNAP and Lottery Sales (in progress) with Jason Sockin