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Mark Stehr in the News

How to keep your gym habit

via Financial Times

A study co-authored by associate professor of economics Mark Stehr is offered as support to the argument that putting money in a commitment account that pays you back to work out may help establish healthy exercise habits.

Changes In Health Insurance Choices Have Some Scrambling

via CBS Philly

Associate professor of economics Mark Stehr comments on changes to the Affordable Care Act open market that may make some insurance plans more expensive.

Why bike helmets may not be a good idea

via Yahoo! News Canada

As officials in Quebec consider a mandatory bicycle helmet law, research by Drexel LeBow assistant professor of economics Mark Stehr suggests that such laws may limit youth participation in cycling.

Pa. Lawmaker Proposes Minimum Wage Increase, But Local Economists Aren't Loving the Idea

via NBC 10

Mark Stehr, associate professor of economics, was quoted about the proposed increases to the Pennsylvania minimum wage, stating that low-income workers will only benefit from the increase if they are able to keep the hours they are currently working.

States Take a Shot at Looser Alcohol Rules

via The Wall Street Journal

Mark Stehr, Ph.D., associate professor of economics, is quoted in a WSJ article about states loosening liquor laws in hopes of raising more revenue.

It brings in a bit more revenue and has no measurable effect on traffic fatalities,” Stehr said. The only areas where the move did lead to higher revenues, he has found in his research, were places surrounded by dry counties or states, where alcohol sales were very limited or not allowed.

Internet Is Bad Place To Find Loan Co-Signers, Local Expert Warns

via KYW/CBS Philly

Mark Stehr, Ph.D., associate professor of economics, was quoted in a recent KYW News Radio story about people seeking co-signers for loans on Craigslist. “It seems like a very risky propostion,” he said. “You’re likely to get a scammer.”

Websites pay users who meet New Year's resolutions

via BBC News

LeBow College Associate Professor of Economics Mark Stehr, PhD, was quoted in a BBC News article about Web applications and websites that apply behavioral economics theory to influence healthy choices among users.”Companies are seeing healthcare costs go up, and they’re looking for some way to bend that curve,” Dr. Stehr says in the article.

States Putting Hopes in ‘Bottoms Up’ to Help the Bottom Line

via The New York Times

Mark Stehr, PhD, associate professor of economics, was quoted in a New York Times article about the easement of alcohol sales laws to raise additional revenue. “These are kind of antitax times, so it’s tough to raise any kind of tax, but this is one they might have more success with,” said Mark Stehr, an associate professor of economics at Drexel University in Philadelphia who has studied the effects of taxes and other regulations on cigarettes and alcohol.

Metro cities already talking, acting on Sunday sales question

via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mark Stehr, Ph.D., associate professor of economics, was quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on April 21, in an article about a metro Atlanta city that is considering letting its residents decide whether or not Sunday sales of alcohol should be legal. Stehr’s research on this topic has shown that allowing alcohol purchases on Sunday has a minimal effect on overall alcohol sales — usually increasing sales by less than 2 percent.

I think even 2 percent is high for what you can expect,” Stehr said. “It will have minimal impact.”

via The Wall Street Journal

Research conducted by Mark F. Stehr, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics, was mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article about bicycle helmets. Stehr and a colleague at the University of California found that while new helmet laws reduce bicycle deaths among young riders by about 19 percent, it’s mainly because many of them give up cycling altogether.Using surveys of parents, the professors find that about 650,000 fewer children ride bikes each year after helmet laws go into effect. That’s about 81,000 fewer riders for every life saved. Helmets may save lives, but the dork factor also takes its toll.

Helmets Save Lives, but Discourage Biking

via The Wall Street Journal

Research generated by LeBow College associate professor of economics Mark Stehr, PhD, was featured in a Wall Street Journal article titled “Helmets Save Lives, but discourage Biking.”

Stehr and his co-researcher offer a couple of possible explanations for the recent decline in bike riding in states that require kids to wear helmets. “For one, the cost of a helmet, which can be as high as $40, might discourage some kids from becoming bike riders — particularly if they can ride a skateboard or scooter without one,” they said.

Do Bike-Helmet Laws Discourage Bicycling?

via The New York Times

Mark Stehr Ph.D., associate professor of economics, was featured in an article in the New York Times about how bike helmet laws actually discourage users to go bicycling.

In a new working paper called “The Intended and Unintended Effects of Youth Bicycle Helmet Laws,” Christopher S. Carpenter and Mark Stehr offer a surprising conclusion: while mandatory helmet laws have led to increased helmet use — and while helmet use has been shown to reduce bicycle fatalities — such laws also seem to lead to a decrease in actual bike riding.