Bryan Stuart

Department of Economics
George Washington University
2115 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

April 2020The Economic Impact of a High National Minimum Wage: Evidence from the 1966 Fair Labor Standards Act
with Martha J. Bailey, John DiNardo: w26926
This paper examines the short and longer-term economic effects of the 1966 Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which increased the national minimum wage to its highest level of the 20th Century and extended coverage to an additional 9.1 million workers. Exploiting differences in the “bite” of the minimum wage due to regional variation in the standard of living and industry composition, this paper finds that the 1966 FLSA increased wages dramatically but reduced aggregate employment only modestly. However, the disemployment effects were significantly larger among African-American men, forty percent of whom earned below the new minimum wage in 1966.
April 2016Who Sold During the Crash of 2008-9? Evidence from Tax-Return Data on Daily Sales of Stock
with Jeffrey Hoopes, Patrick Langetieg, Stefan Nagel, Daniel Reck, Joel Slemrod: w22209
We examine individual stock sales from 2008 to 2009 using population tax return data. The share of sales by the top 0.1 percent of income recipients and other top income groups rose sharply following the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy and remained elevated throughout the financial crisis. Sales by top income and older age groups were relatively more responsive to increased stock market volatility. Volatility-driven sales were not concentrated in any one sector, but mutual fund sales responded more strongly to increased volatility than stock sales. Additional analysis suggests that gross sales in tax return data are informative about unobserved net sales.
February 2014Urban Population and Amenities: The Neoclassical Model of Location
with David Albouy: w19919
We analyze a neoclassical general-equilibrium model to explain cross-metro variation in population, density, and land supply based on three amenity types: quality-of-life, productivity in tradables, and productivity in non-tradables. We develop a new method to estimate elasticities of housing and land supply, and local-productivity estimates, from cross-sectional density and land-area data. From wage and housing-cost indices, the model explains half of U.S. density and total population variation, and finds that quality of life determines locations more than employment opportunities. We show how changing quality of life, relaxing land-use regulations, or neutralizing federal taxes can redistribute populations massively.

Published: David Albouy & Bryan A. Stuart, 2020. "URBAN POPULATION AND AMENITIES: THE NEOCLASSICAL MODEL OF LOCATION," International Economic Review, vol 61(1), pages 127-158. citation courtesy of

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