BFI Working Papers

Sharing research in progress—and refining it through rigorous discussion and debate—is a hallmark of scholarship at the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics.
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BFI Working Paper Feb 10, 2021

Spending and Job Search Impacts of Expanded Unemployment Benefits: Evidence from Administrative Micro Data

Peter Ganong, Fiona Greig, Max Liebeskind, Pascal Noel, Daniel M. Sullivan, Joseph S. Vavra
Topics:  Employment & Wages, COVID-19
BFI Working Paper Oct 30, 2020

The Rise of Niche Consumption

Brent Neiman, Joseph S. Vavra
BFI Working Paper Aug 24, 2020

US Unemployment Insurance Replacement Rates During the Pandemic

Peter Ganong, Pascal Noel, Joseph S. Vavra
Topics:  Employment & Wages, COVID-19
BFI Working Paper Jul 27, 2020

Why Do Borrowers Default on Mortgages? A New Method For Causal Attribution

Peter Ganong, Pascal Noel
BFI Working Paper Jul 21, 2020

Initial Impacts of the Pandemic on Consumer Behavior: Evidence from Linked Income, Spending, and Savings Data

Natalie Cox, Peter Ganong, Pascal Noel, Joseph S. Vavra, Arlene Wong, Diana Farrell, Fiona Greig
Topics:  COVID-19
BFI Working Paper Apr 21, 2020

Wealth, Race, and Consumption Smoothing of Typical Income Shocks

Peter Ganong, Damon Jones, Pascal Noel, Diana Farrell, Fiona Greig, Chris Wheat
BFI Working Paper Apr 18, 2020

Childcare Obligations Will Constrain Many Workers When Reopening the US Economy

Jonathan Dingel, Christina Patterson, Joseph S. Vavra
Topics:  COVID-19
BFI Working Paper May 22, 2019

The Decline, Rebound, and Further Rise in SNAP Enrollment: Disentangling Business Cycle Fluctuations and Policy Changes

Peter Ganong, Jeffrey B. Liebman
Topics:  Employment & Wages