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Peer-Reviewed Publications

Evaluation of changes in prices and purchases following implementation of sugar-sweetened beverage taxes across the United States

(with Justin White, Kristine Madsen, Sanjay Basu, Sofia B. Villas Boas, and Dean Schillinger). JAMA Health Forum 5(1): e234737 (2024)Link Here. Supplemental AppendixCodeJAMA Health Forum Lead Article. Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) 2023 Annual Meeting Emerging Scholar Best Conference Paper Award.

[press: NPR (All Things Considered), NPR (Health)CNNUS NewsUSA Today, Scholastic NewsFox BusinessYahoo, AxiosPhiladelphia Inquirer, Chicago Booth Review, The Daily CalifornianJAMA Medical News in BriefFood Fix, Others]


Leveling the playing field: the distributional impact of maximum- and minimum-level contracts on player compensation

Contemporary Economic Policy 42(2): 375-91 (2024). Link Here. Ungated Version (preprint).

[press: TrueHoopBasketball Illuminati (starting at 27:05)]


Evaluation of the sugar-sweetened beverage tax in Oakland, United States, 2015-19: A quasi-experimental and cost-effectiveness study

(with Justin White, Sanjay Basu, Kristine Madsen, Dean Schillinger, and Sofia B. Villas Boas). PLOS Medicine 20(4): e1004212 (2023)Link HereSupplemental Appendix.

[press: NBC Bay AreaSan Francisco Chronicle, US News & World Report, The Daily Californian, UCSF]

Adolescent emergency department (ED) visits and mental health ED visits during the COVID-19 pandemic 

(with Sofia B. Villas Boas, Justin White, and Renee Hsia). JAMA Network Open 6(10): 2336463 (2023)Link Here.

[press: UC Berkeley]


Pay equality among heterogeneous agents

(with Ryan Hoffman and Ashwin Kambhampati). Economics Letters 229: 111188 (2023)Link Here. Ungated Version (preprint).


Patterns of mental health-related emergency department visits during the COVID-19 pandemic

(with Sofia B. Villas Boas, Justin White, and Renee Hsia). JAMA Network Open 6(7): e2322720 (2023)Link Here. JNO Commentary

[press: Fierce Healthcare]


Trends in depression risk before and during the COVID-19 pandemic

(with Sofia B. Villas Boas, Justin White, and Renee Hsia). PLOS ONE 18(5): e0285282 (2023)Link Here.

[press: UC Berkeley]


Estimating worldwide benefits from improved bananas resistant to Fusarium Tropical Race 4

(with Felipe de Figueredo Silva, Freddy Magdama, Matthew D. Potts, Ramon Leonardo Espinel Martinez, and David Zilberman).

Journal of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (JAAEA) 2(1), 20-34 (2023)Link Here.

Putting a price on popularity: Evidence from superstars in the National Basketball Association 

Economic Inquiry 60(3), 1357-81 (2022). Link HereUngated Version (preprint)[Sample Replication].

[press: TrueHoop]


The impact of policy timing on the spread of COVID-19

(with Moshe Elitzur, Zeljko Ivezic, and David Zilberman). Infectious Disease Modeling 6, 942-54 (2021). Link Here.

The political economy of COVID-19

(with Jacob Lefler and David Zilberman). Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 44: 477-88. (2021). Link Here. AEPP Press Release.


Higher sugar-sweetened beverage retail prices after taxation in Oakland and San Francisco

(with Jennifer Falbe, Matthew Lee, Nadia Rojas, Alberto Ortega Hinojosa, and Kristine Madsen). American Journal of Public Health 110(7), 1017-23 (2020). Link Here


Willingness to pay vs. willingness to vote: consumer and voter avoidance of genetically modified foods

(with Gina Waterfield and David Zilberman). American Journal of Agricultural Economics 102(2), 505-24 (2020)Link HereARE Update Article.


Hindered growth

(with Moshe Elitzur and David Zilberman). Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 111: 103807 (2020). Link Here.


Recycling policies, behavior and convenience: Survey evidence from the CalRecycle program

(with Peter Berck, Gabriel Englander, Samantha Gold, Shelley He, Janet Horsager, Molly Sears, Andrew Stevens, Carly Trachtman, Rebecca Taylor, and Sofia B. Villas Boas). Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 43(2), 641-58 (2020). Link Here.


The future of autonomous vehicles: lessons from the literature on technology adoption

(with Ben Gordon, Feras El-Zarwi, Joan Walker, and David Zilberman). Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 41(4), 583-597 (2019). Link Here.


Soda wars: The effect of a soda tax election on university beverage sales

(with Becca TaylorSofia B. Villas Boas, and Kevin Jung). Economic Inquiry 57(3), 1480-96 (2019). Link Here. Ungated Version (preprint)ARE Update Article.

[press: KCBS Radio, Berkeley News, AusTaxPolicy Blog, Breakthroughs Magazine]


The political economy of labeling

(with David Zilberman and Ben Gordon). Food Policy 78, 6-13 (2018). Link Here

Conference Proceedings

The economic value of superstars: Evidence from secondary marketplace and television ratings data from the National Basketball Association

Accepted Paper at the 13th Annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, March 1-2, 2019Conference Version HereWinner of Best Poster Award. [press: Outside the Lines (interview below)MIT Sloan Management Review, Business Insider​, NBC SportsThe Action Network]

Books and Teaching Publications

Environmental and resource economics: Theory and practice

(with David Zilberman and David Wells Roland-Holst). World Scientific Lecture Notes in Economics and Policy: Volume 17. World Scientific (2023)Link to purchase textbook


Teaching water economics using dynamics and a political economy framework

(with David Zilberman, Alice Huang, and Lanie Goldberg). Applied Economics Teaching Resources (AETR) 5(3), (2023)Link Here

Media Publications

California vs. big soda

Asterisk Magazine, Issue 06: California (2024). Link Here


Preferences for GMOs: Do purchasing patterns differ from voting behavior?

(with Gina Waterfield and David Zilberman). ARE Update (2019). Link Here.


Lessons from Berkeley's sugar-sweetened beverage election and tax

(with Becca Taylor and Sofia B. Villas Boas). ARE Update (2019). Link Here.


Did Zion's 'shoe explosion' actually impact Nike's value?

Fansided: Nylon Calculus (2019). Link Here.


The cost of delaying approval of Golden Rice

(with Justus Wesseler and David Zilberman). ARE Update (2014). Link Here.

The political economy of biofuel

(with Gal Hochman, Eunice Kim, and David Zilberman). Choices (2014). Link Here.

An overview of California's agricultural adaptation to climate change

(with David Zilberman). ARE Update (2014). Link Here.

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