|Adam Stevenson: Research|
The Labor Supply and Tax Revenue Consequences of Same-Sex Marriage Legalization, National Tax Journal 65(4), 2012.
The issue of same-sex marriage legalization is increasingly part of the national political dialogue. This legalization would have a number of economic impacts, one of the most direct being a change in income tax payments, through the so-called marriage penalty. I estimate the eects of same-sex marriage legalization on federal income tax revenue. These estimates rely critically on the responsiveness of labor supply and marital choice to changes in the tax code. I present new evidence on both topics using changes in taxation generated from the 2003 Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act. In addition, I propose a novel measure of the marriage
penalty that incorporates the fact that agents will respond optimally to changes in marginal tax rates within the household.
The Male-Female Gap in Post-Baccalaureate School Quality, Economics of Education Review 36, 153-165.
Women are less likely than men to earn degrees from high-quality post-baccalaureate
programs, and this tendency has been growing over time. I show that, aside from the biomedical sciences, this can not be explained by changes in the type of program where women tend to earn degrees. Instead, sorting by quality within field is the main contributor to the growing gap. Most of this sorting is due to the initial choice in which program type to apply to. No gender differences arise in termsof enrollment or attrition choices, and admissions committees in high-quality post-baccalaureate programs appear to favor women.
|Working papers, in submission
Economic Self-Interest and Issue Stances in US Elections (with C. Agirdas)
The question of the existence and importance of economically self-interested voting returned to the forefront of empirical studies of voting behavior after the publication of Thomas Frank’s What’s the Matter with Kansas. In this paper, we provide a systematic approach to analyze economically self-interested voting, conditional on a broad set of contextual controls, across House, Senate, gubernatorial and presidential elections. While in simple specifications, rich voters are more likely than poor voters to vote Republican candidates for all offices, once we control for electoral context, evaluations of relative income, and voter issue positions, we find little evidence of income-based voting, with the important exception of presidential elections. The importance of income in voting behavior has generally grown over the last 35 years.
Foreign Students and the Expansion of American Post-Baccalaureate Education
Sexual Orientation and Consumption Expenditure
The Returns to Post-Baccalaureate Program Quality