Andrew S. Hanks

Ohio State University
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NBER Working Papers and Publications

September 2020Dissertators with Distantly Related Foci Face Divergent Near-Term Outcomes
with Kevin M. Kniffin, Xuechao Qian, Bo Wang, Bruce A. Weinberg: w27825
Institutional leaders have long championed interdisciplinary research; however, researchers have paid relatively little attention to the people responding to such calls and their subsequent career outcomes. With the benefit of two large datasets spanning from 1986 through 2016, we show that interdisciplinary dissertations have become consistently more common in recent years as institutional leaders have highlighted the value of boundary-spanning research for solving important and emergent problems. With the benefit of survey data from a near-complete population of all dissertators in the US starting in 2001 through 2016, we observe a consistent upward trend in interdisciplinary dissertations. Unfortunately, we show that these interdisciplinary dissertators have experienced a comparably per...
October 2018From Paper to Plastic: Understanding the Impact of eWIC on WIC Recipient Behavior
with Carolyn Gunther, Dean Lillard, Robert L. Scharff: w25131
Evidence shows that the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is underutilized. WIC enrolls only sixty percent of eligible persons. Participants claim only a fraction of available benefits. Researchers suggest that people underutilize WIC because of the time needed to enroll in and use WIC and because participants may believe that, if others notice them participating in WIC, community members will stigmatize them. Recently enacted policies may reduce both time costs and potential for stigma associated with WIC. Congress mandated that, by 2020, all states disburse WIC benefits through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (eWIC) system. The eWIC potentially reduces the time required for each transaction and makes it more difficult to identify beneficiaries....

Published: Andrew S. Hanks & Carolyn Gunther & Dean Lillard & Robert L. Scharff, 2018. "From paper to plastic: Understanding the impact of eWIC on WIC recipient behavior," Food Policy, .

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