Faculty Spotlight

Christina DePasqualeChristina DePasquale

Assistant Professor of Economics

Christina DePasquale is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Emory University.  Professor DePasquale completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida and a PhD in Business Economics at the University of Michigan.  Her primary research interests are in health economics, industrial organization, and labor economics — particularly at the intersection of firm decisions and labor market consequences. She also teaches and conducts research in the area of sports economics.

In one recently completed paper, Professor DePasquale and a coauthor examine the effects of changes in state regulation on the mobility of registered nurses. The research examines the important issue of state licensure requirements, which may impede the efficient mobility of licensed professionals to areas of high demand. The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) was introduced to solve this problem by permitting registered nurses to practice across state lines without obtaining additional licensure and making licensure easier to obtain for nurses moving between member states. The research design exploits the staggered adoption of the NLC across states and over time to examine whether a reduction in licensure-induced barriers alters the nurse labor market, specifically labor supply, migration, and commuting times. Professor DePasquale and her coauthor find no evidence that the labor supply or mobility of nurses increases following the adoption of the NLC, suggesting that nationalizing occupational licensing will not substantially reduce the labor market frictions caused by occupational regulation.

In other analyses of the market for nurses, Professor DePasquale examines the effects of hospital consolidation on the nurse labor market. While prices, costs, and quality of care have received considerable attention in the hospital merger literature, labor effects have been largely overlooked. She finds that the number of Registered Nurses and the number of Licensed Practical Nurses significantly decreases following a merger. She also finds zero wage effects following consolidation and concludes that these employment decreases are driven by efficiency gains rather than an increase in monopsony power.

Professor DePasquale’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Law and Economics, Review of Industrial Organization, Managerial and Decision Economics, Antitrust Bulletin, and the Oxford Handbook of International Antitrust Economics. She is also currently working on the second edition of the textbook Sports Economics, which is due to be published in 2018.