Published and Forthcoming Papers

Financial Wellbeing over the Lifecourse (with J. Michael Collins) European Journal of Finance 2020, 26(4-5): 341-359.

  • Working paper version linked (October 2019)
  • Also available as Centre for Responsible Banking & Finance at University of St Andrews School of Management Working Paper 19-013 here.  

Exploring the Rise of Mortgage Borrowing Among Older Americans (with J. Michael Collins and Erik Hembre) Forthcoming at Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2020. 

  • This Version: January 2020.

 The Effects of Financial Education Graduation Requirements on Postsecondary Financing Decisions (with Christiana Stoddard), Accepted at Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking. 

The Effects of High School Personal Finance Education Policies on Financial Behaviors (with Maximilian Schmeiser, J. Michael Collins, and Alexandra Brown) Forthcoming at Economics of Education Review, 2018. 

The Effects of a Foreclosure Moratorium on Loan Repayment Behaviors (with J. Michael Collins) Regional Science and Urban Economics 2018, 68: 78-83.

College Financing Choices and Academic Performance (with Christiana Stoddard and Maximilian Schmeiser) Forthcoming at Journal of Consumer Affairs, 2018

Perspectives on Evaluation in Financial Education: Landscape, Issues, and Studies (with William Walstad, Carlos J. Asarta, Elizabeth Breitbach, William Bosshardt, Julie Heath, Barbara O'Neill, Jamie Wagner, and Jing Jian Xiao) **second author, Journal of Economic Education 2017, 48(2): 93-112. 

  • National Endowment for Financial Education White Paper version here

Does Negative Advertising Affect Giving Behavior? Evidence from Campaign Contributions(with Sarah Niebler) Journal of Public Economics 2017, 146: 15-26. 

Does Salient Student Loan Information Affect College Students' Academic and Borrowing Behavior? (with Christiana Stoddard and Maximilian Schmeiser) Economics of Education Review 2017, 56(C): 95-109. 

Student Loan Information Provision and Academic Choices (with Maximilian Schmeiser and Christiana Stoddard) American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings, May 2016, 106(5): 324-328. 

Workplace Financial Education and Retirement Behavior (with J. Michael Collins) Economic Inquiry 2016, 54(4): 1860-1872. 

  • Center for Financial Security Policy Brief here
  • Squared Away Boston College blog coverage

Negative Advertising and Political Competition  (with Amit Gandhi and Daniela Iorio)  Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 2016, 32(3): 433-477.

Local Economic Growth from Primary Election Spending (with Rebecca Lessem) The Economic Journal 2016, 126(597): 2147-2172.

Servicer Heterogeneity: Do Servicing Practices Influence Loan Cure Rates? (with Carolina Reid and J. Michael Collins) Housing Policy Debate 2017, 27(1): 1-27. 

Mandatory Mediation and the Renegotiation of Mortgage Contracts  (with J. Michael Collins) The Economic Journal, December 2015, 125(589): 1734-1763. 

Sustaining Homeownership After Delinquency: The Effectiveness of Loan Modifications by Race and Ethnicity (with J. Michael Collins and Carolina Reid) Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, November 2015, 17(1)

The Dark Side of Sunshine: Regulatory Oversight and Status Quo Bias  (with J. Michael Collins) Journal of Economics, Behavior, and Organization, November 2014, 107-B: 470-486

Is Smoking Inferior? Evidence from Variation in the Earned Income Tax Credit  (with Donald Kenkel and Maximilian Schmeiser) Journal of Human Resources, October 2014, 49:1094-1120

Dollars on the Sidewalk: Should U.S. Presidential Candidates Advertise in Uncontested States?  (with Sarah Niebler)  American Journal of Political Science, April 2014, 58:2, 322-336

Protecting Homeowners: Foreclosure Counseling Policies and Modifications of Mortgage Terms  (with J. Michael Collins and Maximilian Schmeiser) Journal of Consumer Affairs, July 2013, 47(2):289–310

Working Papers

Financial Education Affects Financial Knowledge and Downstream Behaviors (with Tim Kaiser, Annamaria Lusardi, and Lukas Menkhoff)

Do Local House Prices Affect Campaign Contributions? (with Rebecca Lessem and Sarah Niebler)

Personal Belief Exemptions for School-entry Vaccinations, Vaccination Rates, and Academic Achievement (with Nicole Hair and Anja Gruber)

  • IZA Discussion Paper No. 12978
  • Supported by the Russel Sage Foundation

Does State-mandated Financial Education Affect Financial Well-being? (with Jeremy Burke and J. Michael Collins) 

  • Supported by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation 

Youth Bank Accounts and Later-in-Life Financial and Economic Self-Sufficiency (with J. Michael Collins)

  • Supported by the BBVA Center for Education and Finance

Financial Education in High Schools Across America

  • Supported by NextGen Personaal Finance

Housing Assistance and SSI Participation (with Erik Hembre)

  • Supported through the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Financial Security through the Social Security Administration

Work in Progress

  • Do Increases in Vaccination Reimbursement Fees Increase Children's Vaccination Rates? (with Nicole Hair and Cassia Wagner)