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Michael R. Ransom
Brigham Young University
50Publications
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#1Michael R. Ransom (BYU: Brigham Young University)H-Index: 23
#2Tyler Ransom (OU: University of Oklahoma)H-Index: 1
We examine the extent to which participation in high school athletics in the United States has beneficial effects on future education, labor market, and health outcomes. Due to the absence of plausible instruments in observational data, we use recently developed methods that relate selection on observables with selection on unobservables to estimate bounds on the causal effect of athletics participation. We do not find consistent evidence of individual education or labor market benefits. However...
This paper examined the effect of the construction of light rail transit stations on surrounding residential property values in Seattle, Washington. It studied sales of homes in the areas around the seven stations that serve primarily residential areas in the Rainier Valley, using a difference-in-differences regression technique to obtain plausibly causal estimates of the effect of new rail service. For these seven stations, the estimated impact of light rail service was positive for only one st...
#1Michael R. RansomH-Index: 23
#2Tyler RansomH-Index: 1
We examine the extent to which participation in high school athletics has beneficial effects on future education, labor market, and health outcomes. Due to the absence of plausible instruments in observational data, we use recently developed methods that relate selection on observables with selection on unobservables to estimate bounds on the causal effect of athletics participation. We analyze these effects in the US separately for men and women using three different nationally representative l...
#1Michael R. Ransom (BYU: Brigham Young University)H-Index: 23
#2Aaron Robert Phipps (UVA: University of Virginia)H-Index: 1
In this paper we examine the occupational distribution of individuals who hold bachelor degrees in particular fields in the United States using data from the various waves of the National Survey of College Graduates. We propose and calculate indexes that describe two related aspects of the occupational distribution by major field of study: distinctiveness (how dissimilar are the occupations of a particular major when compared with all other majors) and variety (how varied are the occupations amo...
#1Michael R. Ransom (BYU: Brigham Young University)H-Index: 23
#2Thomas Kelemen (BYU: Brigham Young University)H-Index: 1
In a recent analysis, Bhattacharjee and Goetz (2012) assert that the development of a light rail system in the Denver, Colorado metro area resulted in short-term reductions in traffic on some highway routes in Denver, and that it reduced the growth of highway traffic on major highways near the light rail network by 10% age points between 1992 and 2008. We point out several flaws in their analyses and reanalyze their data. We find no credible evidence that development of light rail reduced highwa...
#1Nicholas M. HalesH-Index: 3
#2Caleb C. BartonH-Index: 2
Last.C. Arden PopeH-Index: 59
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Fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) has been associated with many adverse health outcomes including school absences. Specifically, a previous study in the Utah Valley area, conducted during a time with relatively high air pollution exposure, found significant positive correlations between school absences and air pollution. We examined the hypothesis that ambient PM2.5 exposures are associated with elementary school absences using a quasi-natural experiment to help control for observed and uno...
#1Michael J. Hilmer (SDSU: San Diego State University)H-Index: 8
#2Michael R. Ransom (BYU: Brigham Young University)H-Index: 23
Last.Christiana E. Hilmer (SDSU: San Diego State University)H-Index: 6
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We analyze the pay and position of 1,009 faculty members who teach in doctoral-granting economics departments at fifty-three large public universities in the United States. Using the Web of Science, we have identified the journal articles published by these scholars and the number of times each of these articles has been subsequently cited in published research articles. We find that research influence, as measured by various measures of total citations, is a surprisingly strong predictor of the...
#1Dina Shatnawi (NPS: Naval Postgraduate School)H-Index: 1
#2Ronald L. Oaxaca (UA: University of Arizona)H-Index: 25
Last.Michael R. Ransom (BYU: Brigham Young University)H-Index: 23
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Our study evaluates and extends existing wage decomposition methodologies that seek to measure the contributions of endowments, pure wage discrimination, and job segregation. Of particular interest is the model of hierarchical segregation in Baldwin, Butler, and Johnson (2001). We employ data from a regional supermarket that faced a Title VII class-action lawsuit to examine how standard wage specifications integrated with a model of hierarchical segregation might perform in wage decompositions. ...
#1Laura Giuliano (UM: University of Miami)H-Index: 9
#2Michael R. Ransom (BYU: Brigham Young University)H-Index: 23
The authors examine the effect of manager ethnicity on the ethnic composition of employment using nine years of personnel records from a regional grocery store chain in the United States. The workforce studied is composed almost entirely of a white majority and a large Hispanic minority; the authors focus on the role of Hispanic ethnicity. Estimating models with store fixed effects, the authors examine the effects of manager ethnicity on hiring, transfer, and separation patterns. Effects of mana...
We examine the sex differences in the pay of school teachers in Missouri. In Missouri school districts, pay is determined by a salary schedule that maps teaching experience and education level of an individual to a salary level. In spite of this apparently mechanical rule for determining pay, female teachers earn less than male teachers, after controlling for experience and education. We explore how such a difference could arise from differential job mobility and find some evidence to support th...
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