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Stafford says exiting down stock market worsened position of low-income households

Bailey's work cited on growing income disparities in college enrollment and graduation

Murphy says mobile sensor data will allow adaptive interventions for maximizing healthy outcomes

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PSC Fall 2014 Newsletter now available

Martha Bailey and Nicolas Duquette win Cole Prize for article on War on Poverty

Michigan's graduate sociology program tied for 4th with Stanford in USN&WR rankings

Jeff Morenoff makes Reuters' Highly Cited Researchers list for 2014

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Monday, Nov 3
Melvin Stephens, Estimating Program Benefits

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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