Recent Submissions

  • Economic Theory's Stance On No-Fault Divorce 

    , . 2005. "Economic Theory's Stance On No-Fault Divorce." Review of Economics of the Household 3(3): 337-359.
    This article explores key insights that economic theory can shed on the issue of no-fault divorce in the United States, addressing modifications in the incentive structure of individuals that resulted from the legislative ...
  • Market structure and communicable diseases 

    Mechoulan, Stephane. 2007. "Market structure and communicable diseases." Canadian Journal of Economics-Revue Canadienne D Economique 40(2): 468-492.
    Communicable diseases pose a formidable challenge for public policy. Using numerical simulations, we show under which scenarios a monopolist's price and prevalence paths converge to a non-zero steady state. In contrast, a ...
  • Divorce laws and the structure of the American family 

    Mechoulan, S.. 2006. "Divorce laws and the structure of the American family." Journal of Legal Studies 35(1): 143-174. © 2006 by Journal of Legal Studies.
    This paper investigates the impact of no-fault divorce laws on marriage and divorce in the United States. I propose a theory that captures the key stylized facts of the rising then declining divorce rates and the apparent ...
  • The External Effects of Black Male Incarceration on Black Females 

    Mechoulan, Stephane. 2011. "The External Effects of Black Male Incarceration on Black Females." Journal of Labor Economics 29(1): 1-35.
    This article examines how the increase in the incarceration of black men and the sex ratio imbalance it induces shape the behavior of young black women. Combining data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Current ...
  • Birth Order, Educational Attainment, and Earnings: An Investigation Using the PSID 

    Kantarevic, Jasmin, and Stephane Mechoulan. 2006. "Birth Order, Educational Attainment, and Earnings: An Investigation Using the PSID." The Journal of human resources 41(4): 755-777.
    We examine the implications of being early in the birth order, and whether a pattern exists within large families of falling then rising attainment with respect to birth order. Unlike other studies using US data, we go ...
  • The Expulsion of the Jews from France in 1306: a Modern Fiscal Analysis 

    Mechoulan, Stephane. 2004. "The Expulsion of the Jews from France in 1306: a Modern Fiscal Analysis." The Journal of European Economic History 33(3): 555-584.
    In 1306, Philippe IV of France expelled all the Jews from his kingdom. He declared himself creditor of their debts, seized their property and auctioned it off. He undoubtedly did so knowing that he was eliminating a source ...
  • HIV testing: a trojan horse? 

    Mechoulan, Stephane. 2004. "HIV testing: a trojan horse?." Topics in Economic Analysis & Policy 4(1): .
    The consequences of HIV testing are unclear. Some infected individuals, assuming they behave selfishly, would tend to increase their number of partners. Meanwhile, non-infected ones or those ignorant of their status would ...
  • Altruism and Innovation in Health Care 

    Jena, Anupam B., Stephane Mechoulan, and Tomas J. Philipson. 2010. "Altruism and Innovation in Health Care." Journal of Law & Economics 53(3): 497-518. © 2010 by Journal of Law & Economics..
    The joint presence of technological change and consumption externalities is central to health care industries around the world, because medical innovation drives the expansion of the health care sector and altruism seems ...