John Hund

Opioid Crisis Effects On Municipal Finance


Journal article


Kimberly Rodgers Cornaggia, John Hund, Giang Nguyen, Zihan Ye
Review of Financial Studies, forthcoming, 2021


Abstract
We investigate the effects of opioid abuse on municipal finance. We employ instrumental variables, border discontinuity difference-in-differences regressions, and coarsened exact matching to identify consistent causal effects, while controlling for variation in economic conditions and demographics. Opioid abuse lowers credit ratings, increases new offer yields, and reduces bond issuance. Reversal of these effects following effective antiopioid legislation further supports causality. Differential effects due to investor heterogeneity suggest that opioid abuse affects municipal finance through a capital supply channel. Overall, we conclude that local opioid abuse impedes municipalities’ access to capital and thus hurts their ability to provide public services and infrastructure.
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Cite

APA
Cornaggia, K. R., Hund, J., Nguyen, G., & Ye, Z. (2021). Opioid Crisis Effects On Municipal Finance. Review of Financial Studies, (forthcoming).

Chicago/Turabian
Cornaggia, Kimberly Rodgers, John Hund, Giang Nguyen, and Zihan Ye. “Opioid Crisis Effects On Municipal Finance.” Review of Financial Studies, no. forthcoming (2021).

MLA
Cornaggia, Kimberly Rodgers, et al. “Opioid Crisis Effects On Municipal Finance.” Review of Financial Studies, no. forthcoming, 2021.