Working Papers

  • “How Individuals Smooth Spending: Evidence from the 2013 Government Shutdown Using Account Data,” with Michael Gelman, Shachar Kariv, Matthew D. Shapiro, and Steven Tadelis, March 2015. pdf
  • "Annuitized Wealth and Post-Retirement Saving," with John Laitner and Dmitriy Stolyarov, September 2014. pdf
  • "Revising Commitments: Field Evidence on the Adjustment of Prior Choices," with Xavier Gine, Jessica Goldberg, and Dean Yang, May 2014. pdf
  • "Non-Cognitive Skills, Social Success, and Labor Market Outcomes," with Andrew Postlewaite, March, 2006. pdf
  • "Estimating Life-cycle Parameters from Consumption Behavior at Retirement," with John Laitner, February, 2005pdf


  • "Directed Giving: Evidence from an Inter-Household Transfer Experiment," with Catia Batista and Dean Yang. Forthcoming, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2015. pdf
  • “Harnessing Naturally Occuring Data to Measure the Response of Spending to Income,” with Michael Gelman, Shachar Kariv, Matthew D. Shapiro, and Steven Tadelis. Science 345(6193) (2014), 212-15. link
  • "Who Is (More) Rational?," with Syngjoo Choi, Shachar Kariv, and Wieland Mueller. American Economic Review. 104(6) (2014), 1518-50. pdf
    • Online Appendices. pdf

  • Distinguishing the Role of Authority "In" and Authority "To"," with Joel Slemrod and Neslihan Uler. Journal of Public Economics 104(6) (2014), 1518-50. pdf

  • "Consumption, Retirement and Social Security: Evaluating the Efficiency of Reform that Encourages Longer Careers," with John Laitner. Journal of Public Economics, 96(7-8) (2012), 615-634pdf
  • "Willpower and the Optimal Control of Visceral Urges," with Emre Ozdenoren and Stephen Salant. Journal of the European Economic Association10(2) (2012), 342-368. pdf
    • Technical Appendix. pdf
  • "Factions and Political Competition," with Nicola Persico and J.C. Rodriguez-Pueblita. Journal of Political Economy 119(2) (2011), 242-288. pdf
  • "Time-Inconsistency and Welfare Program Participation: Evidence from the NLSY," with Hanming Fang. International Economic Review, 50(4) (2009), 1043-1077. pdf
  • "Are Mature Smokers Misinformed?" with Ahmed Khwaja, Frank Sloan and Yang Wang, Journal of Health Economics 28(2) (2009), 385-397. pdf
  • "Sources of Advantageous Selection: Evidence from the Medigap Insurance Market" with Hanming Fang and Michael Keane. Journal of Political Economy, 116(2) (2008), 303-350pdf
    • Previous version, NBER Working Paper 12289. link
  • "Consumption Commitments and Employment Contracts," with Andrew Postlewaite, and Larry Samuelson. Review of Economic Studies, 75(2) (2008), 559-578pdf
  • "Time Preference, Time Discounting, and Smoking Decisions," with Ahmed Khwaja and Frank Sloan, Journal of Health Economics, 26(5) (2007), 927-949. pdf
  • "Testing the Mechanisms of Structural Models: The Case of the Mickey Mantle Effect," with Ahmed Khwaja, Hanming Fang, Michael Keane and Martin Salm, American Economic Review, P&P,97(2) (2007), 53-59. pdfAppendix. pdf
  • "Smoking, Wealth Accumulation and the Propensity to Plan," with Ahmed Khwaja and Frank Sloan, Economics Letters, 94(1) (2007), 96-103. pdf
  • "Distinguishing Between Cognitive Biases: Beliefs vs. Time Discounting in Welfare Program Participation," with Hanming Fang, in Behavioral Public Finance: An Agenda, edited by Joel Slemrod and Edward McCaffery, Russell Sage Foundation, (2006), 47-81. pdf
  • "Social Isolation and Inequality," with Andrew Postlewaite, Journal of Economic Inequality, 3(3) (2005), 243-262. pdf
  • "The Effect of Adolecent Experience on Labor Market Outcomes: The Case of Height," with Nicola Persico and Andrew Postlewaite, Journal of Political Economy 112 October (2004), 1019-1053.pdf
  • "Street Crime and Street Culture," International Economic Review 45(3) (2004), 761-786. pdf
  • "On the Compassion of Time-limited Welfare Programs," with Hanming Fang, Journal of Public Economics, 88(7-8) (2004), 1445-1470. pdf