CHRISTOPHER (KITT) CARPENTER
Associate Professor and Area Coordinator, Economics/Public Policy
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy & Society
Managing Editor and Co-Editor, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
Associate Editor, Journal of the European Economic Association
Editorial Board, BE Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy
Research Associate, NBER - National Bureau of Economic Research
Research Fellow, IZA - Institute for the Study of Labor
Irvine, CA 92697-3125
Email: kittc [AT] uci [DOT] edu
Curriculum Vitae (July 2012, pdf)
Research Summary (July 2012, pdf)
Selected Papers, By Topic
The Minimum Legal Drinking Age:
How Do Minimum Legal Drinking Ages Work? Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Canada, (with Carlos Dobkin and Casey Warman). June 2012 draft under revision for submission, available upon request.
The Effect of the Minimum Legal Drinking Age on Nonfatal Injuries, (with Carlos Dobkin). November 2011 draft under revision for submission, available upon request.
The Drinking Age, Alcohol Consumption, and Crime, (with Carlos Dobkin). December 2010 draft. Revise and resubmit, Review of Economics & Statistics.
The Minimum Legal Drinking Age and Public Health, (with Carlos Dobkin). Journal of Economic Perspectives (2011) 25(2): 133-56.
The Effect of Alcohol Consumption on Mortality: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from the Minimum Drinking Age, (with Carlos Dobkin). American Economic Journal - Applied Economics (2009) 1(1): 164-182. Appendix material. Earlier version available as NBER Working Paper #13374.
Smoking Bans and Cigarette Taxes:
Public Place Smoking Laws and Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS), (with Sabina Postolek and Casey Warman). American Economic Journal Economic Policy (2011) 3(3): 35-61. Also released as NBER Working Paper #15849.
Effects of Venue-Specific State Clean Indoor Air Laws on Smoking-Related Outcomes (with Marianne P. Bitler and Madeline Zavodny). Health Economics (2010) 19(12): 1425-1440. Also available as NBER Working Paper #15229. Data Appendix to published version available here.
The Effects of Local Workplace Smoking Laws on Smoking Restrictions and Exposure to Smoke at Work, Journal of Human Resources (2009) 44(4): 1023-1046. (May 2008 draft here). Earlier version (under different title) also available as NBER Working Paper #13133.
Cigarette Taxes and Youth Smoking: New Evidence from National, State, & Local Youth Risk Behavior Surveys, (with Phil Cook). Journal of Health Economics, (2008) 27(2): 287-299. Earlier version available as NBER Working Paper #13046.
Other Health Economics/Public Policy Papers:
Health Insurance Mandates, Mammography, and Breast Cancer Diagnoses, (with Marianne P. Bitler). October 2012 draft. Revise and resubmit, American Economic Journal Economic Policy. Appendix material here. Previous December 2011 version (with different title) here. Also released as NBER Working Paper #16669.
Effects of State Cervical Cancer Insurance Mandates on Pap Test Rates, (with Marianne P. Bitler). July 2012 draft.
Intended and Unintended Consequences of Youth Bicycle Helmet Laws, (with Mark Stehr). Journal of Law & Economics (2011) 54(2): 305-324. Earlier version also available as NBER Working Paper #15658.
The Effects of Mandatory Seatbelt Laws on Seatbelt Use, Motor Vehicle Fatalities, and Crash-Related Injuries among Youths, (with Mark Stehr). Journal of Health Economics, (2008) 27(3): 642-662. Earlier version available as NBER Working Paper #13408.
Sexual Orientation and Socioeconomic Outcomes:
The Direct Effects of Legal Same-Sex Marriage: Evidence from California and Massachusetts, June 2012 draft under revision for submission; available upon request.
Sexual Behavior, Sexual Orientation, Partnership, and Earnings, June 2012 draft under revision for submission.
The Effect of Requiring Private Employers to Extend Health Benefit Eligibility to Same-Sex Partners of Employees: Evidence from California, (with Thomas Buchmueller). Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (2012) 31(2): 388-403. July 2011 pre-publication draft here.
Disparities in Health Insurance Coverage, Access, and Outcomes for Individuals in Same-Sex versus Different-Sex Relationships, 2000-2007 (with Thomas Buchmueller) American Journal of Public Health (2010) 100(3): 489-495.
Sexual Orientation and Outcomes in College, Economics of Education Review (2009) 28(6): 693-703.
Gay and Lesbian Partnership: Evidence from California, (with Gary Gates), Demography (2008) 45(3): 573-590.
Sexual Orientation, Work, and Income in Canada, Canadian Journal of Economics (2008) 41(4): 1239-1261.
Sexual Orientation, Income, and Non-Pecuniary Economic Outcomes: New Evidence from Young Lesbians in Australia, Review of Economics of the Household (2008) 6(4): 391-408).
Revisiting the Income Penalty for Behaviorally Gay Men: Evidence from NHANES III, Labour Economics (2007) 14: 25-34.
Self-Reported Sexual Orientation and Earnings: Evidence from California, Industrial and Labor Relations Review (2005) 58(2): 258-273.
New Evidence on Gay and Lesbian Household Incomes, Contemporary Economic Policy (2004) 22:78-94.
Older Papers on Public Policy and the Causes and Consequences of Alcohol Use:
Alcohol Regulation and Crime, (March 2010 draft, with Carlos Dobkin). To appear in Controlling Crime: Strategies and Tradeoffs (NBER and University of Chicago Press). Also available as NBER Working Paper #15828.
Heavy Alcohol Use and Crime: Evidence from Underage Drunk Driving Laws, Journal of Law and Economics (2008) 50(3): 539-557.
Did Ontario's Zero Tolerance & Graduated Licensing Law Reduce Youth Drunk Driving?, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (2006) 25(1): 163-185.
Heavy Alcohol Use and the Commission of Nuisance Crime: Evidence from Underage Drunk Driving Laws, American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings (2005) 95(2): 267-272.
Youth Alcohol Use and Risky Sexual Behavior: Evidence from Underage Drunk Driving Laws, Journal of Health Economics (2005) 24(3) 613-628.
Heavy Alcohol Use and Youth Suicide: Evidence from Tougher Drunk Driving Laws, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (2004) 23(4): 831-842.
How Do Zero Tolerance Drunk Driving Laws Work?, Journal of Health Economics (2004) 23(1): 61-83.
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