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Sastry's 10-year study of New Orleans Katrina evacuees shows demographic differences between returning and nonreturning

Stafford says less educated, smaller investors more likely to sell off stock and lock in losses during market downturn

Chen says job fit, job happiness can be achieved over time

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Deirdre Bloome wins ASA award for work on racial inequality and intergenerational transmission

Bob Willis awarded 2015 Jacob Mincer Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Field of Labor Economics

David Lam is new director of Institute for Social Research

Elizabeth Bruch wins Robert Merton Prize for paper in analytic sociology

Next Brown Bag

Monday, Oct 12
Joe Grengs, Policy & Planning for Social Equity in Transportation

Optimal Contributions to Flexible Spending Accounts

Archived Abstract of Former PSC Researcher

Bhattacharya, J., Michael Schoenbaum, and N. Sood. 2002. "Optimal Contributions to Flexible Spending Accounts." Economics Letters, 76(1): 129-135.

Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) permit tax-free healthcare spending. FSA dollars at year-end are lost. Given no alternative for leftover money, rational consumers spend to zero. Optimal FSA contributions should emphasize tradeoffs between utility from pre-tax medical expenditures and post-tax non-medical consumption. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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