Scott AdamsScott J. Adams

Associate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies
Co-Editor, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization

Office: Bolton Hall, Room 820
Phone: (414) 229-4212
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Ph.D., Michigan State University
B.S., University of Scranton

Research Interests:

Health Economics, Labor Economics

Current Projects:

Behaviors of smokers and drinkers, Worker preferences for employer-provided health insurance, Economics of school shootings 

Selected Publications:

"Texting Bans on Roadways: Do They Work? Or Do Drivers Just React to the Announcement of the Bans?" American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 5(2), April 2013, 179 - 199. (with Rahi Abouk).

"Minimum Wages and Alcohol Related Traffic Fatalities Among Teens,"  Review of  Economics and Statistics, 94(3), August 2012,  828-840. (with McKinley Blackburn and Chad Cotti).

"Drunk Driving After the Passage of Smoking Bans in Bars," Journal of Public Economics, 92(5-6), June 2008: 1288-1305. (with Chad Cotti).

"Health Insurance Market Reform and Employee Compensation: The Case of Pure Community Rating in New York," Journal of Public Economics, 91(5-6), June 2007: 1119-1133.

"Understanding the Level and Causes of Teacher Turnover: A Comparison with Other Professions," Economics of Education Review, 26(3), June 2007: 325-337 (with D. Harris).

"The Economic Effects of Living Wage Laws: Evidence from Derailed Living Wage Campaigns," Journal of Urban Economics, 58(2), 2005: 177-202 (with D. Neumark).

"Age Discrimination Legislation and the Employment of Older Workers," Labour Economics, 11(2), 2004: 219-241.

"Do Living Wage Ordinances Reduce Urban Poverty?" Journal of Human Resources, 38(3), 2003: 490-521 (with D. Neumark).