Benjamin Hansen is an assistant professor of Economics at the University of Oregon, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He primarily researches the economics of risky behaviors, health economics, and crime using applied econometrics. Recently, he has studied the legalization of medical marijuana and its impacts, the deterrent effect of drunk driving laws, and law enforcement strategies. I have also studied the determinants and consequences of violence and stress in schools. Currently he studying alcohol abuse and domestic violence, technological innovations in correctional institutions and their effect on inmate violence and drug use, and youth suicidality.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in October 2014.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10621

In this paper, we investigate the effect of benefit generosity on claim duration and temporary benefits paid among temporary disability claims for workers' compensation. While previous studies have focused on natural experiments created by one-time large changes in minimum or maximum weekly benefits, we exploit variation around a kink in...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9144
published as 'Have Cigarette Taxes Lost their Bite? New Estimates of the Relationship between Cigarette Taxes and Youth Smoking' in: the American Journal of Health Economics, 2017, 3(1), 60-75

Using data from the state and national Youth Risk Behavior Surveys for the period 1991-2005, Carpenter and Cook (2008) found a strong, negative relationship between cigarette taxes and youth smoking. We revisit this relationship using four additional waves of YRBS data (2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013). Our results suggest that...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7355

Although a huge literature spanning several disciplines documents an association between poverty and child abuse, researchers have not found persuasive evidence that economic downturns increase abuse, despite their impacts on family income. In this paper, we address this seeming contradiction. Using county-level child abuse data spanning 1996 to 2009 from...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6592
published in: American Law and Economics Review, 2015,17 (2), 495-528

While at least a dozen state legislatures are considering bills to allow the consumption of marijuana for medicinal purposes, the federal government has recently intensified its efforts to close medical marijuana dispensaries. Federal officials contend that the legalization of medical marijuana encourages teenagers to use marijuana and have targeted dispensaries...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5580
published as 'Cigarette Taxes and How Youth Obtain Cigarettes' in: National Tax Journal, 2013, 66 (2), 371-394

Previous researchers have argued that the social market for cigarettes insulates its participants from policies designed to curb youth smoking. Using state Youth Risk Behavior Survey data, we examine whether recent changes in state cigarette taxes affected how young smokers obtained their cigarettes. Our estimates suggest that tax increases reduce...