Douglas A. Webber

Department of Economics
Temple University
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Institutional Affiliation: Temple University

NBER Working Papers and Publications

June 2019Losing insurance and behavioral health inpatient care: Evidence from a large-scale Medicaid disenrollment
with Johanna Catherine Maclean, Sebastian Tello-Trillo: w25936
We study the effects of losing insurance on behavioral health – defined as mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) – on community hospitalizations. We leverage variation in public insurance coverage eligibility offered by a large-scale and unexpected Medicaid disenrollment in Tennessee. Losing insurance did not influence behavioral healthcare hospitalizations. Mental illness hospitalization financing was partially shifted to other forms of insurance while SUD treatment financing shifted entirely to patients. Combining our findings with previous work on public insurance gains suggests that demand for behavioral healthcare services is asymmetric: service use increases following a gain but does not decline after a loss. We are the first to document this finding. We also investigate the...
December 2013The Roles of Assimilation and Ethnic Enclave Residence in Immigrant Smoking
with Johanna Catherine Maclean, Jody L. Sindelar: w19753
In this study we examine the importance of assimilation and ethnic enclave residence for smoking outcomes among United States immigrants. We draw data on over 140,000 immigrants from the Current Population Survey Tobacco Use Supplements between 1995 and 2011. Several patterns emerge from our analysis. First we replicate findings from previous studies that show that longer residence in the U.S is associated with improved employment outcomes while ethnic enclave residence may hinder these outcomes. Second, we find that assimilation similarly extends to coverage of employment-based anti-smoking policies such as worksite smoking bans and smoking cessation programs while enclave residence does not substantially influence these outcomes. Third, we document complex relationships between assi...
August 2009Do Expenditures Other Than Instructional Expenditures Affect Graduation and Persistence Rates in American Higher Education
with Ronald G. Ehrenberg: w15216
During the last two decades, median instructional spending per full-time equivalent (FTE) student at American 4-year colleges and universities has grown at a slower rate than median spending per FTE student in a number of other expenditure categories including academic support, student services and research. Our paper uses institutional level panel data and a variety of econometric approaches, including unconditional quantile regression methods, to analyze whether these non instructional expenditure categories influence graduation and first-year persistence rates of undergraduate students. Our most important finding is that student service expenditures influence graduation and persistence rates and their marginal effects are higher for students at institutions with lower entrance test s...

Published: Webber, Douglas A. & Ehrenberg, Ronald G., 2010. "Do expenditures other than instructional expenditures affect graduation and persistence rates in American higher education?," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 29(6), pages 947-958, December. citation courtesy of

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