working paper
How Does the Earned Income Tax Credit Work? Exploring the Role of Commuting and Personal Transportation

This paper uses a simulated instrument approach leveraging metro-level variation in EITC exposure to compare labor-supply responses to policy changes between areas with varying levels of dependence on cars for commuting workers.

October 2023 · Owen F. Davis

How did COVID-19 affect the labor force participation of older workers in the first year of the pandemic?

This paper studies older workers’ transitions out of employment and into retirement during the first year of the pandemic. While the likelihood of retiring increased by 1 percentage point, there was no immediate retirement boom for full-time workers under 70.

February 2023 · Owen F. Davis, Laura D. Quinby, Matthew S. Rutledge, Gal Wettstein

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Employment and retirement among older workers during the Covid-19 pandemic

This paper explores patterns in employment and retirement among older workers during the pandemic, finding that the characteristics that best predicted excess retirement transitions were employment in high-contact occupations and part-time work schedules.

December 2021 · Owen F. Davis