Tal GrossAssistant Professor
Department of Markets, Public Policy & Law
Questrom School of Business

Boston University
595 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Office phone: (617) 358-2829
e-mail: talgross [at sign] bu.edu

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Markets, Public Policy & Law at Boston University. I am also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. My research focuses on health insurance and household finance. I received my bachelor’s degree from The University of Chicago and my Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I previously taught at the University of Miami School of Business Administration and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. You can find my curriculum vitae here.

Works In Progress

“The Effect of Pollution on Office Workers: Evidence from Call Centers in China,” with Tom Chang, Joshua Graff Zivin, and Matthew Neidell. Manuscript. Under revision for American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.
      
Originally released as NBER Working Paper #22328
      Media Coverage: Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, The Economist, Yahoo, Vox EU .
      Featured in the September 2016 NBER Digest

“The Marginal Propensity to Consume Over the Business Cycle,” with Matthew Notowidigdo and Jialan Wang. Manuscript
      Originally released as NBER Working Paper #22518
      Winner of the Outstanding Paper Award in Financial Institutions, Midwest Finance Association 2017 Conference.

Select Publications

“Hospitals as Insurers of Last Resort,” with Craig Garthwaite and Matthew Notowidigdo. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, accepted. Manuscript.
      Originally released as NBER Working Paper #21290.
      Featured in the October 2015 NBER Digest
      Media Coverage: USA Today, Modern Healthcare, USA Today.

“Particulate Pollution and the Productivity of Pear Packers,” with Tom Chang, Joshua Graff Zivin, and Matthew Neidell. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 8(3), 2016. Manuscript.
      Originally released as NBER Working Paper #19944
      Media Coverage: Washington Post; Business Insider.

“The Effect of Health Insurance on Emergency Department Visits: Evidence from an Age-Based Eligibility Threshold,” with Michael Anderson and Carlos Dobkin. Review of Economics and Statistics, 96(1), 2014. Manuscript. Published Version.

“Public Health Insurance, Labor Supply, and Employment Lock,” with Craig Garthwaite and Matthew Notowidigdo. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 129(2), 2014. Manuscript. Online Appendix. Replication Kit. Published Version.
      Featured in the October 2013 NBER Digest
      Media Coverage: NPR; BusinessWeek; The Economist.
      Originally released as NBER Working Paper #19220

“Liquidity Constraints and Consumer Bankruptcy: Evidence from Tax Rebates,” with Matthew Notowidigdo and Jialan Wang. Review of Economics and Statistics, 96(3), 2014. Manuscript. Appendix. Published Version. Replication Kit.
      Featured in the June 2012 NBER Digest
      Media Coverage: Los Angeles Times; Huffington Post; Vox; Forbes; CNN.
      Originally released as NBER Working Paper #17807

“Dangerous Liquidity and the Demand for Health Care: Evidence from the 2008 Stimulus Payments,” with Jeremy Tobacman. Journal of Human Resources, 49(2) 2014. Manuscript. Online Appendix. Published Version.

“What Happens the Morning After? Access to Emergency Contraception and its Impact on Fertility and Abortion,” with Jeanne Lafortune and Corinne Low. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 33(1), 2014. Manuscript. Published Version.
      Winner of the 2014 Raymond Vernon Memorial Award for the Best Research Article Published in JPAM.

“How Many Pears Would a Pear Packer Pack if a Pear Packer Could Pack Pears at Quasi-Exogenously Varying Piece Rates?  An Empirical Evaluation of Inter-temporal Labor Supply,” with Tom Chang. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 99, 2014. (Lead article.) Manuscript. Published Version.

“Health Insurance and the Consumer Bankruptcy Decision: Evidence from Medicaid Expansions,” with Matthew Notowidigdo. Journal of Public Economics, 95(7–8), 2011. Manuscript. Published Version.
Media Coverage: Modern Healthcare

“The Effect of Insurance on the Use of Medical Services,” with Michael Anderson and Carlos Dobkin. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 3(4), 2012. Manuscript. Published Version.
      Featured in the July 2010 NBER Digest
      Media Coverage: Washington Post
      Originally released as NBER Working Paper #15823

Other

A handout on Stata coding I give to research assistants.

Problem sets for students learning quasi-experimental methods.