The Department’s faculty members maintain a brisk rate of publication in economics and other social science journals. At weekly faculty-student workshops, working papers are presented and discussed. Participants include faculty from the Schools of Business Administration and Law and from other universities as well as Economics Department members. Department faculty members are often appointed to the editorial boards of economics journals and hold leading positions in professional associations. Currently, Professor Ralph Braid is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Regional Science, and Regional Science and Urban Economics. Professor Allen Goodman is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Housing Economics, Journal of Housing Research, and Real Estate Economics, and Prof. Robert Rossana is on the editorial board of the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics.

Funded research gives many graduate students an opportunity to work closely with the faculty and often generates material for joint publications and doctoral dissertations. During the last few years, department members have obtained outside support for a number of projects and published many articles, books, and book chapters, including the ones listed below.


Michael H. Belzer
Associate Professor

Publications Since 2008 (click here for complete list)


Burks, Stephen V., Michael H. Belzer, KWAN Quon, Stephanie G. Pratt, and Sandra Shackelford. 2010. Trucking 101: An Industry Primer. In TRB Transportation Research Circular E-C146, edited by Transportation Research Board Committee on Trucking Industry Research (AT060). Washington: Transportation Research Board. December 22. 68 pages.

Book Chapters

“Labor and Human Resources in the Freight Industry.”  In Intermodal Transportation: Moving Freight in a Global Economy. Lester Hoel, Genevieve Giuliano, and Michael Meyer, editors. Publisher: Eno Transportation Foundation, Inc. May 2011.

"The Next Move: Metropolitan Regions and the Transformation of the Freight Transport and Distribution System." With Susan Christopherson. In Urban and Regional Policy and Its Effects, edited by Nancy Pindus, Howard Wial, and Harold Wolman. Brookings Institution Press. 2009.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles Published

"Tolling and Economic Efficiency: Do the pecuniary benefits exceed the safety costs?" With Peter F. Swan. Public Works Management & Policy Vol.18, No.2: pp 167–84. 2013. Published online before print September 26, 2012.

"Environmental determinants of obesity-associated morbidity risks for truckers." International Journal of Workplace Health Management, Vol. 5 Iss: 2 pp. 120 - 138. With Yorghos Apostolopoulos, Sevil Sönmez, and Mona M Shattell, 2012.

"Supply Chain Security: Agency Theory and Port Drayage Drivers." With Peter F. Swan. The Economic and Labour Relations Review Vol. 22, No.1: pp 1-23. 2011.

“Worksite-Induced Morbidities Among Truck Drivers in North America: A Comprehensive Literature Review.” With Yorghos Apostolopoulos, Sevil Sönmez, and Mona M. Shattell. American Association of Occupational Health Nurses [AAOHN] Journal. Vol. 58, No. 7, 2010: pp. 285-96.

"Empirical Evidence of Toll Road Traffic Diversion and Implications for Highway Infrastructure Privatization." With Peter F. Swan. Public Works Management & Policy, Vol.14, No. 4 (April 2010): pp 351-73.

Ralph Malcolm Braid

Publications Since 2008 (click here for a complete list)

Ralph M. Braid,  "Spatial Price Discrimination and the Locations of Firms with Different Product Selections or Product Varieties," Economics Letters, 98, 342-347 (March 2008).

Ralph M. Braid,  "The Employment Effects of a Central City’s Source-Based Wage Tax or Hybrid Wage Tax," Regional Science and Urban Economics, 39, 512-521 (July 2009).

Ralph M. Braid,  "Provision of a Pure Local Public Good in a Spatial Model with Many Jurisdictions," Journal of Public Economics, 94, 890-897 (December 2010).

Ralph M. Braid,  "Bertrand-Nash Mill Pricing and the Locations of Two Firms with Partially Overlapping Product Selections," Papers in Regional Science, 90, 197-211 (March 2011).

Ralph M. Braid,  "State and Local Tax Competition in a Spatial Model with Sales Taxes and Residential Property Taxes," Journal of Urban Economics, 75, 57-67 (May 2013).

Ralph M. Braid,  "The Locations of Firms on Intersecting Roadways," Annals in Regional Science, 50, 791-808 (June 2013).

Ralph M. Braid,  "Search Costs Decrease Prices in a Model of Spatial Competition," Papers in Regional Science, IN PRESS.

Allen C. Goodman

Publications Since 2008 (click here for complete list)

“Measuring the Cost-Effectiveness of Technologic Change In the Treatment of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury,” (John M. Tilford, Mary E. Aitkin, Allen C. Goodman, P. David Adelson) Journal of Trauma 63 (2008): S113-S120

“Where are the Speculative Bubbles in U.S. Housing Markets?” (with Thomas G. Thibodeau), Journal of Housing Economics 17 (2) (June 2008): 117-137 

“Labor Market Productivity Costs for Caregivers of Children With Spina Bifida: A Population-Based Analysis” (John M. Tilford, Scott D. Grosse, Allen C. Goodman, Kemeng Li) Medical Decision Making29 (2009): 23-32 

The Economics of Health and Health Care, Sixth Edition, (Sherman Folland, Allen C. Goodman, and Miron Stano), Upper Saddle River NJ: Pearson, July 2009, Polish Edition 2011

“Economic Analyses of Multiple Addictions for Men and Women,” Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics 12 (2009): 139-156

“Residential Mortgage Default: Theory Works and So Does Policy,” (with Brent C. Smith), Journal of Housing Economics 19 (2010): 280-294

“Health Economics – Methods for a New Field,” in Hoyt, Gail M.and KimMarie McGoldrick, Editors, International Handbook on Teaching and Learning in Economics, Aldershott: Edward Elgar Press, 2011: 556-564

The Economics of Health and Health Care, Seventh Edition, (Sherman Folland, Allen C. Goodman, and Miron Stano), Upper Saddle River NJ: Pearson, March 2012

“Housing Demand,” in Andrew T. Carswell, Editor, The Encyclopedia of Housing, Second Edition, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, June 2012: 355-358

“Percutaneous Cryoablation of Metastatic Lesions fromNon–Small-Cell Lung Carcinoma: Initial Survival, Local Control, and Cost Observations,” (Hyun J. Bang, Peter J. Littrup, Brandt P. Currier, Dylan J. Goodrich, Hussein D. Aoun, Lydia C. Klein, Jarret C. Kuo, Lance K. Heilbrun, Shirish Gadgeel, Allen C. Goodman), Journal ofVascular and Interventional Radiology 23 (2012): 761–769

“Percutaneous Cryoablation of Metastatic Renal CellCarcinoma for Local Tumor Control: Feasibility, Outcomes and Estimated Cost-effectiveness for Palliation,” (Hyun J. Bang, Peter J. Littrup, Dylan J. Goodrich, Brandt P. Currier, Hussein D. Aoun, Lance K. Heilbrun, Ulka Vaishampayan, Barbara Adam, Allen C. Goodman), Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology 23 (2012): 770-777

“Percutaneous Cryoablation of Metastatic Lesions from Colorectal Cancer: Efficacy and Feasibility with Survival and Cost-effectiveness Observations,” (Hyun J. Bang, Peter J. Littrup, Brandt P. Currier, Dylan J. Goodrich, Minsig Choi, Lance K. Heilbrun, Allen C. Goodman), ISRN

Minimally Invasive Surgery, vol. 2012, Article ID 942364, 10 pages, 2012. doi:10.5402/2012/942364

“Is there an S in Housing Supply … or What on Earth Happened in Detroit?” Journal of Housing Economics 22 (2013): 79-91

 “Relationship between Urban Land Price and Housing Price:   Evidence from 21 Provincial Capitals in China,” (Haizhen  Wen and Allen C. Goodman), Habitat International 40 (2013): 9-17

Liang Hu
Assistant Professor

Publication List

Hu, Liang and Yongcheol Shin, “Optimal Test for Markov Switching GARCH models,” Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics, Vol 12, Issue 3, Article 3, 2008

Carrasco, M, L. Hu and W. Ploberger, “Optimal Test for Markov Switching Parameters”, conditionally accepted at Econometrica, October 7, 2012.

Gail Jensen Summers

Publications Since 2008 (click here for a complete list of publications)

E. Mahmoudi and GA Jensen, "Has Medicare Part D Reduced Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Prescription Drug Use and Spending?  Health Services Research, 2013, currently available in "early view on the journal's website.

RG Salloum, R Kohler, GA Jensen, S Sheridan, W Carpenter, and AK Biddle, "U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations and Cancer Screening among Female Medicare Beneficiaries," Journal of Women's Health, (accepted in September 2013).

CS Brunt and GA Jensen, "Pricing Distortions in Medicare's Physician Fee Schedule and Patient Satisfaction with Care Quality and Access," Health Economics, 2013, currently available in "early view" on the journal's website.

Christopher S. Brunt and Gail A. Jensen, “Medicare Payment Generosity and Access to Care,” Journal of Regulatory Economics 2013 (accessible in “early view” on journal’s website). 

Elham Mahmoudi and Gail A. Jensen, "Exploring Disparities in Access to Physician Services among Older Adults: 2000 - 2007," Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 2013 61(8): 128-138.

Ramzi G. Salloum, Gail A. Jensen, and Andrea K. Biddle, "The 'Welcome to Medicare' Visit: A Missed Opportunity for Cancer Screening among Women?" Journal of Women's Health, 2013 22(1): 19-25. 

Ramzi G. Salloum, Thomas J. Smith, Gail A. Jensen, and Jennifer E. Lafata, "Survival Among Non-Small Lung Cancer Patients with Poor Performance Status after First Line Chemotherapy," Lung Cancer, 2012 77(3): 545-549.

Gail A. Jensen and Yong Li, “Long Run Health Effects of Cost-Related Nonadherence to Prescribed Medications among Adults in Late Midlife" Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, 2012 3(2): 85-93.

Yong Li and Gail A. Jensen, “Why Do People Let their Long Term Care Insurance Lapse?  Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 2012 34(2): 220-237.

Elham Mahmoudi and Gail A. Jensen, “Diverging Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Physician Care: Comparing 2000 and 2007,” Medical Care, 2012 50(45): 327-334.

Ramzi G. Salloum,Thomas J. Smith, Gail A. Jensen, and Jennifer Elston Lafata. "Factors Associated with Adherence to Chemotherapy Guidelines in Patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer," Lung Cancer, 2012 75(2): 255-260.

Yong Li and Gail A. Jensen, "The Effects of Private Long Term Care Insurance on the Use of Long Term Care," Inquiry, 2011 48(1): 34-50. 

Xiao Xu and Gail A. Jensen, "Does Health Insurance Reduce Illness-Related Worker Absenteeism?" Applied Economics, 2012 44(35): 4591-4603. 
Yong Li and Gail A. Jensen, "Effects of Drinking on Hospital Stays and Emergency Room Visits among Older Adults,"  Journal of Aging and Health, 2012 24(1): 67-91.

Ramzi G. Salloum, Thomas J. Smith, Gail A. Jensen, and Jennifer Elston Lafata, "Using Claims-Based Measures to Predict Performance Status Score in Patients with Lung Cancer," Cancer, 2011 117(5): 1038-1048. 

Christopher S. Brunt and Gail A. Jensen, “Medicare Part B Reimbursement and the Perceived Quality of Physician Care,” International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, 2010 10(2): 149-170. 

Yong-Gook Jung
Assistant Professor

Publication List

“An Inference about the Length of Time-to-Build Period,” Economic Modelling 33, July 2013.

 “A New Strategy to Estimate Time-to-Build Completion Rates,” Economics Bulletin, 33(2), 2013.

 “Capital-Skill Complementarity and Jobless Recovery,” Journal of Stock and Forex Trading, December 2012.

 “Recent Changes in Bank Portfolio: Implications for the Monetary Policy,” The Bank of Korea Monthly Bulletin,September 1999, (with Jeong-Ho Hahm).

 “Small Macroeconometric Model for Economic Forecasting,” The Bank of Korea Working Paper 22, 1994, (with Yang-Woo Kim).

 “The Effect of Financial Innovation on Monetary Aggregates,” The Bank of Korea Monthly Bulletin, September 1993, (with Kwang-Ju Rhee).

 “A Survey on the Quantity Theory of Money,” The Bank of Korea Working Paper 17, 1993, (with Sung-Whan Choi).

Li Way Lee

Publications Since 2008 (click here for a complete list)

“Compassion and the Hippocratic Oath,” Journal of Socio-Economics, 37(5), October 2008, 1724-28.

“Living Will: Ruminations of an Economist,” Journal of Socio-Economics, 38(1), January 2009, 25-30.

“The Oregon Paradox,” Journal of Socio-Economics, 39(2), April 2010, 204-208.

“Supramonopoly: Theory and Evidence from the U.S. Air Passenger Service Markets” (Jin Luo and Li Way Lee), International Journal of the Economics of Business, 17(3), November 2010, 405-426.

“The Mood of a Firm,” Journal of Socio-Economics, 39(6), December 2010, 615-618.

“Behavioral Bioethics: Notes of a Behavioral Economist,” Journal of Socio-Economics, 40, August 2011, 368-372.

“International Justice in Elder Care: The Long Run,” Public Health Ethics, 4(3), 2011, 292-296.

“Merger Wave in a Small World: Two Views,” Journal of Socio-Economics, 42(2), April 2013, pp. 68-71.

Xu Lin
Assistant Professor

Publication List

Lee, Lung-fei, Ji Li and Xu Lin (2013), “Binary Choice Models with Social Network under Heterogeneous Rational Expectations,” Review of Economics and Statistics, accepted.

Lin, Xu (2010), “Identifying Peer Effects in Student Academic Achievement by Spatial Autoregressive Models with Group Unobservables,” Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 28, No. 4, pp.825–860.

Lin, Xu and Lung-fei Lee (2010), “GMM Estimation of Spatial Autoregressive Models with Unknown Heteroskedasticity,” Journal of Econometrics, Vol. 157, pp. 34-52.

Lee, Lung-fei, Xiaodong Liu and Xu Lin (2010), “Specification and Estimation of Social Interaction Models with Network Structures,” Econometrics Journal, Vol. 13, Issue 2, pp. 145-176.

Robert J. Rossana

Selected Publications

"Normalization in Cointegrated Time Series Systems," Canadian Journal of Economics 42, No. 4 (November 2009), pp. 1547-1560.

 “Patents as a Measure of Technology Shocks and the Aggregate U.S. Labor Market,” Economic Inquiry 43, No. 1 (January 2005), pp. 121-137.

 “On the Adjustment Matrix in Error Correction Models,” Journal of Monetary Economics 42 No. 2 (October 1998), pp. 427-444.

 “Structural Instability and the Production-Smoothing Model of Inventories,” Journal of Business & Economic Statistics 16, No. 2 (April 1998), pp. 206-215.

"Temporal Aggregation and Economic Time Series," Journal of Business & Economic Statistics 13, No. 4 (October 1995), pp. 441-451. Coauthor: John J. Seater

“Technology Shocks and Cointegration in Quadratic Models of the Firm,” International Economic Review 36, No. 1 (February 1995), pp. 5-17.

Stephen J. Spurr
Professor and Chair

Publications since 2008 (click here for complete list)


"Lesser Included Offenses," Ram Orzach and Stephen J. Spurr, 28(4) International Review of Law and Economics 239-245 (December 2008). 

“Immigration and Nurses,” David Kalist, Stephen J. Spurr and Tatsuma Wada, forthcoming in Industrial Relations, in press, acceptance dated November 9, 2009.

"Cooperation and Conflict between Very Similar Occupations: The Case of Anesthesia,” David E. Kalist, Noelle A. Molinari, and Stephen J. Spurr, 6(2) Health Economics, Policy & Law, 237-264 (2011).

"The Effects of a Statute (BAPCPA) Designed to Make it More Difficult For People to File for Bankruptcy,” Stephen J. Spurr and Kevin Ball, 87(1) American Bankruptcy Law Journal  27-50 (2013).

“The Effect of Medical Malpractice Liability on Rate of Referrals Received by Specialist Physicians,” Xiao Xu, Stephen J. Spurr, Bin Nan, and A. Mark Fendrick, forthcoming in  Health Economics, Policy & Law.

Chapters and Books

Essay on “Collateral Estoppel,” for The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and the Law (London: Macmillan, 1996).

Economic Foundations of Law (Mason, Ohio: Southwestern/Thomson Learning, 2006).

Economic Foundations of Law, 2nd ed. (London: Routledge, 2010).

Tatsuma Wada 
Associate Professor

Publication List

"Let's Take a Break: Trends and Cycles in US Real GDP," with Pierre Perron, 2009, Journal of Monetary Economics 56 (6) 749-765.

"Immigration of Nurses" with David E. Kalist and Stephen J. Spurr, 2010, Industrial Relations 49 (2) 406-428.

"Oil Price Shocks and Industrial Production: Is the Relationship Linear?" with Ana Maria Herrera and Latika Gupta Lagalo, 2011,  Macroeconomic Dynamics, 15 (S3) 472-497.

"The Real Exchange Rate and Real Interest Differentials: The Role of the Trend-Cycle Decomposition" Forthcoming in Economic Inquiry.

"On the Correlations of Trend-Cycle Errors"  2012, Economics Letters, 116 (3) 396-400.

"The Role of Transitory and Persistent Shocks in the Consumption Correlation and International Comovement Puzzles" forthcoming in Macroeconomic Dynamics.

Jennifer L. Ward-Batts
Assistant Professor

Publication List
Ward-Batts, Jennifer. “Out of the Wallet and into the Purse: Modeling Family Expenditures to Test Income Pooling,” Journal of Human Resources, 43:2 (spring 2008), pp 325-51.

Ward-Batts, Jennifer. “Household Production and Consumption Before versus After Retirement: Evidence from Time Diary Data” in Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, How Do We Spend Our Time?  Evidence from the American Time Use Survey, 2008.

Pabilonia, Sabrina and Jennifer Ward-Batts. "The Effect of Child Gender on Parents’ Labor Supply: An Examination of Natives, Immigrants, and their Children," American Economic Review, vol. 97 no. 2, May 2007, pp. 402-06.

Stephens, Melvin and Jennifer Ward-Batts. “The Impact of Separate Taxation on the Intra-Household Allocation of Assets: Evidence from the U.K.” Journal of Public Economics, vol. 88 no. 9-10, Aug. 2004, pp. 1989-2007 (earlier draft is NBER Working Paper 8380).

Working Papers

Ward-Batts, Jennifer. “School Choice and Neighborhood Diversity: Effects in Minnesota”.

Young-Ro Yoon
Assistant Professor

Publication List

“Reverse Price Discrimination with Bayesian Buyers” (with Se Hoon Bang & Jaesoo Kim): Accepted at Journal of Industrial Economics

“First versus Second-Mover Advantage with Information Asymmetry about the Profitability of New Markets” (with Eric Rasmusen): Journal of Industrial Economics, Volume 60, Issue 3, September 2012, Pages 374-405.

“Endogenous Timing of Actions under Conflict between Two Types of Second Mover Advantage”,: International Journal of Industrial Organization, Volume 27, Issue 6, November 2009, Pages 728-738.

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