Melissa A. Thomasson

Miami University/FSB
Department of Economics MSC 1035
800 E. High Street, Rm. #2054
Oxford, OH 45056
Tel: 513/529-2858
Fax: 513/529-8047

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NBER Program Affiliations: DAE
NBER Affiliation: Research Associate
Institutional Affiliation: Miami University

NBER Working Papers and Publications

February 2020Votes For Women: An Economic Perspective on Women’s Enfranchisement
with Carolyn Moehling: w26781

Published: Carolyn M. Moehling & Melissa A. Thomasson, 2020. "Votes for Women: An Economic Perspective on Women’s Enfranchisement," Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol 34(2), pages 3-23.

September 2017Paralyzed by Panic: Measuring the Effect of School Closures during the 1916 Polio Pandemic on Educational Attainment
with Keith Meyers: w23890
March 2017Revising Infant Mortality Rates for the Early 20th Century United States
with Katherine Eriksson, Gregory T. Niemesh: w23263
April 2012Saving Babies: The Contribution of Sheppard-Towner to the Decline in Infant Mortality in the 1920s
with Carolyn M. Moehling: w17996

Published: “Saving Babies: The Impact of Public Health Education Programs on Infant Mortality.” (with Carolyn Moehling). Demography, 51(2), April 2014, 367-386.

May 2011Information and the Impact of Climate and Weather on Mortality Rates During the Great Depression
with Price V. Fishback, Werner Troesken, Trevor Kollmann, Michael Haines, Paul W. Rhode
in The Economics of Climate Change: Adaptations Past and Present, Gary D. Libecap and Richard H. Steckel, editors
November 2004From Home to Hospital: The Evolution of Childbirth in the United States, 1927-1940
with Jaret Treber: w10873

Published: Thomasson, Melissa A. & Treber, Jaret, 2008. "From home to hospital: The evolution of childbirth in the United States, 1928-1940," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 45(1), pages 76-99, January.

September 2002Did Blue Cross and Blue Shield Suffer from Adverse Selection? Evidence from the 1950s

Published: Thomasson, Melissa A. "Early Evidence Of An Adverse Selection Death Spiral? The Case Of Blue Cross And Blue Shield," Explorations in Economic History, 2004, v41(4,Oct), 313-328.

March 2002Exploring the Racial Gap in Infant Mortality Rates, 1920-1970
with William J. Collins: w8836

Published: Collins, William J. and Melissa A. Thomasson. "The Declining Contribution Of Socioeconomic Disparities To The Racial Gap In Infant Mortality Rates, 1920-1970," Southern Economic Journal, 2004, v70(4,Apr), 746-776.

February 2000The Importance of Group Coverage: How Tax Policy Shaped U.S. Health Insurance


  • "From Sickness To Health: The Twentieth-Century Development Of U.S. Health Insurance," Explorations in Economic History, Vol. 39, no. 3 (July 2002): 233-253
  • American Economic Review, Vol. 93, no. 4 (September 2003): 1373-1384 citation courtesy of

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