Lara Shore-Sheppard

Chair and Kimberly A. '96 and Robert R. '62 Henry Professor of Economics

413-597-2226
Schapiro Hall Rm 325
At Williams since 2000

Education

B.A. Amherst College (1991)
M.A. Princeton University (1993)
Ph.D. Princeton University, Economics (1996)

Areas of Expertise

  • Health economics
  • Labor economics
  • Poverty and welfare policy
  • Wage distribution

Courses

Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

Professional Affiliations

Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research

Current Committees

  • Political Economy Program
  • Public Health

Publications

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

“The Effect of Safety Net Programs on Food Insecurity,” with Lucie Schmidt and Tara Watson, Journal of Human Resources, vol. 51, no. 3, Summer 2016, pp. 589-614.

“The Employment Dynamics of Disadvantaged Women: Evidence from the SIPP” with John Ham and Xianghong Li, Journal of Labor Economics, vol. 34, no. 4, October 2016, pp. 899-944.

“The Effect of Medicaid Payment Rates on Access to Dental Care Among Children,” with Thomas Buchmueller and Sean Orzol, American Journal of Health Economics, vol. 1, no. 2, Spring 2015, pp. 194–223.

“Income Dynamics and the Affordable Care Act,” Health Services Research 49:6, Part II, December 2014, pp. 2041-2061.

“Estimating Heterogeneous Take-up and Crowd-Out Responses to Existing Medicaid Limits and Their Nonmarginal Expansions,” with John Ham and Serkan Ozbeklik, Journal of Human Resources, vol. 49, no. 4, Fall 2014, pp. 872-905.

“Stability of Children’s Insurance Coverage and Implications for Access to Care: Evidence from the Survey of Income and Program Participation,” with Thomas Buchmueller and Sean Orzol, International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, vol. 14, iss. 2, June 2014, pp. 109-126.

“Local Fiscal Policies and Urban Wage Structures,” with Patricia Beeson and Tara Watson, Public Finance Review, 38(5), 2010, pp. 540-584.

Stemming the Tide? The Effect of Expanding Medicaid on Health Insurance Coverage,” The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy: Vol. 8, Iss. 2 (Advances), Article 6, 2008.

“Did Expanding Medicaid Affect Welfare Participation?” with John Ham, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, vol. 58, no. 3, April 2005, pp. 452-470.

“The Effect of Medicaid Expansions for Low-Income Children on Medicaid Participation and Private Insurance Coverage: Evidence from the SIPP,” with John Ham, Journal of Public Economics, vol. 89, no. 1, January 2005, pp. 57-83.

“The Measurement of Medicaid Coverage in the SIPP: Evidence from a Comparison of Matched Records,” with David Card and Andrew Hildreth, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, vol. 22, no. 4, October 2004, pp. 410-420.

“Using Discontinuous Eligibility Rules to Identify the Effects of the Federal Medicaid Expansions on Low Income Children,” with David Card, Review of Economics and Statistics, vol. 86, no. 3, August 2004, pp. 752-766.

“Industrial Change and Wage Inequality: Evidence from the Steel Industry,” with Patricia Beeson and Kathryn Shaw, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, vol. 54, no.2A, 2001, pp. 466-483.

“The Effect of Expanding Medicaid Eligibility on the Distribution of Children’s Health Insurance Coverage,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, vol. 54, no. 1, October 2000, pp. 59-77.

“Medicaid and Crowding Out of Private Insurance: A Re-examination Using Firm-Level Data,” with Thomas Buchmueller and Gail Jensen, Journal of Health Economics, vol. 19, no. 1, January 2000, pp. 61-91.

Papers in Edited Volumes and Papers and Proceedings

“The Medicaid Program,” with Thomas Buchmueller and John Ham, in Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States: Volume II, Robert A. Moffitt, ed.,Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.

“Child Health,” in Targeting Investments in Children: Fighting Poverty When Resources are Limited, Philip Levine and David Zimmerman, eds., Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

“Public Policy and the Dynamics of Children’s Health Insurance, 1986-1999,” with John Ham and Xianghong Li, American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings 2009, 99:2, 522–526.

“A Re-Examination of the Impact of Welfare Reform on Health Insurance Among Less-Skilled Women,” with John Ham and Xianghong Li, in Welfare Reform and its Long-Term Consequences for America’s Poor, James P. Ziliak, ed., Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

“Expanding Public Health Insurance for Children: Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program,” in Changing Welfare, Rachel A. Gordon and Herbert J. Walberg, eds., New York: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003.

“Applying for Research Grants from Liberal Arts Colleges,” Newsletter of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, Spring/Summer 2004.

Working Papers

“The Impact of Expanding Public Health Insurance on Safety Net Program Participation: Evidence from the ACA Medicaid Expansion,” with Lucie Schmidt and Tara Watson, working paper, Williams College, October 2019.

“The Impact of the ACA Medicaid Expansion on Disability Program Applications,” with Lucie Schmidt and Tara Watson, NBER working paper #26192, August 2019.

“The Effect of Safety Net Generosity on Mental Health,” with Lucie Schmidt and Tara Watson, working paper, Williams College, November 2017.

“The Effect of Medicaid Eligibility For Parents on Health Care Utilization and Health Outcomes,” with Thomas Buchmueller, working paper, Williams College, June 2016.

“Education, Earnings, and the Timing of Fertility: An Exploratory Analysis Using Linked Survey and Administrative Data,” working paper, Williams College, December 2015.

Other Work in Progress

“The Social, Political, and Economic Effects of the Affordable Care Act,” with Andrea Campbell (Introduction to an issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences co-edited with Andrea Campbell)

“Does Social Security Reduce Child Poverty and Boost the Academic Achievement of Low-Income Children?” with Lucie Schmidt and Tara Watson.

“The ACA Medicaid Expansion and Mortality,” with Thomas DeLeire.

“The Safety Net and Parental Time Use,” with Louisa Abel, Lucie Schmidt, and Tara Watson.

“The Impact of the ACA Medicaid Expansion on Crime,” with Thomas DeLeire.

“Hospital Survival and the ACA Medicaid Expansion,” with Thomas DeLeire.

Selected Work Experience

Research Affiliate, Northwestern University-University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research
Visiting Scholar, Joint Center for Poverty Research, University of Chicago, 1999-2000
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Pittsburgh, 1996-2000

Links to Data and Supplemental Material

Summary of State SCHIP Plans as of March 2001 (Appendix to my chapter on Medicaid and SCHIP in Changing Welfare, Rachel A. Gordon and Herbert J. Walberg, eds.)

Programs and data to calculate standard errors in Ham, Ozbeklik, and Shore-Sheppard (2007)  (Research funded by the National Science Foundation)

Supplemental Material for Chapter 6, “A Re-Examination of the Impact of Welfare Reform on Health Insurance Among Less-Skilled Women” by Ham, Li, and Shore-Sheppard, in Welfare Reform and its Long Term Consequences for America’s Poor, James Ziliak, ed.

Online Appendix, June 2013 and
Matlab programs for minimum distance estimation
for “Estimating Heterogeneous Take-up and Crowd-Out Responses to Existing Medicaid Limits and Their Nonmarginal Expansions,” June 2013, by Ham, Ozbeklik, and Shore-Sheppard.

SAS code and Stata code to generate consistent metro areas for 1980, 1990, 2000 PUMS from “Local Fiscal Policies and Urban Wage Structures,” with Patricia Beeson and Tara Watson, Public Finance Review, 38(5), 2010, pp. 540-584.