Papers

Working Papers

The U.S. Safety Net Programs and Early Life Skills Formation

Abstract: This paper uses a novel data from a large longitudinal prospective cohort study to estimate the effects of WIC, SNAP and Home Visitation Program on early-life outcomes up to the age of two. Our empirical approach uses child-mother fixed effects and previously unavailable time-varying covariates related to selection into the safety programs to plausibly account for potential endogeneity of program participation. We show that mothers’ participation in these programs has a robust positive statistically significant effect on children receptive and expressive communication scores, smaller effects on cognitive development scores.

High Intensity Health Care at Birth and CP Outcomes. Evidence from the Canadian CP Registry

Abstract: We exploit the uneven geographical distribution of high intensity maternity hospitals across Canada to compare long-term outcomes of children with Cerebral Palsy who were born at high versus low intensity hospitals. Using data from the from the Canadian Multi-Regional Cerebral Palsy Registry, we find that differences in hospital intensity are not associated with differences in clinically relevant, long-term health outcomes.

Published Research

Participation in the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children is not associated with early childhood socioemotional development: Results from a longitudinal cohort study  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27688993

Economic impact of genomic diagnostics for intermediate-risk acute myeloid leukaemia. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27098559

Perinatal Regionalization and Implications for Long-Term Health Outcomes in Cerebral Palsy https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26790470

Resource utilization and costs during the initial years of lung cancer screening with computed tomography in Canada https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25105438

Cost-effectiveness of rituximab in follicular lymphoma
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23140274

Published Work

Teaching Economic Evaluation with Population Health Cases. The Journal of Health Administration and Education
Adult Lumbar Scoliosis: health economics evaluation. Book chapter in Adult Lumbar Scoliosis A Clinical Guide to Diagnosis and Management

Submitted manuscripts

Diagnostic Yield and Treatment Impact of Targeted Exome Sequencing in Early-onset Epilepsy. Under Review.

A Detailed Assessment of the OECD’s Better Life Index

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