Andrew T. Balthrop

Andrew T. Balthrop
University of Arkansas | U of A · Sam M. Walton College of Business

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Andrew T. Balthrop currently works at the Supply Chain Management Research Center at the University of Arkansas. Andrew does empirical and policy oriented research in supply chain, transportation, and resource economics.

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This paper summarizes inflation trends in the US healthcare industry as of Fall 2022. We find that healthcare input prices are increasing at the rate of general inflation, or faster, whereas output prices have been more stable. This has created a "squeeze" within the industry. We also report on interviews with industry executives. In many cases hea...
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Many states have legalized medical and recreational marijuana use in the past decade, which has potential consequences on roadway freight safety. Using a state-level panel of heavy truck crash statistics from 2005 to 2019 and a difference-indifference estimation strategy, we test whether legalization has affected the crash rates of heavy trucks. Ou...
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This whitepaper gives an overview of drug testing procedures in the trucking industry. It summarizes industry regulations and compares urine, saliva and hair testing.
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The distribution of firm size in the trucking industry is highly skewed, with a few firms accounting for a disproportionate share of transport. The distribution is also highly disperse so that firms have no characteristic size. This paper demonstrates that the distribution of firms sizes can be well approximated by the Zipf distribution. Such a dis...
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Relying on firms to self‐report information is an information‐gathering mechanism that often results in biased measures due to the incentives of the reporting firms. What is less commonly understood is that using self‐reported information for decision‐making results in endogenous selection bias, which creates spurious associations between the measu...
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A perceived driver shortage causing difficulty in hiring and retaining qualified drivers threatens carrier productivity and profitability. Logistics literature concerning driver turnover has focused on three primary groups of factors contributing to the driver turnover: driver demographics, manager quality, and work environment. A key consideration...
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Inspections are a primary means to assure quality or compliance with standards. Fundamental questions facing the inspecting party are (1) whether to announce inspections ahead of time and (2) the intensity of monitoring. More intense monitoring is more likely to discover noncompliance but is more costly for the inspector, while announcing inspectio...
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Relying on firms to self-report information is an information-gathering mechanism that often results in biased measures due to the incentives of the reporting firms. What is less commonly understood is that using self-reported information for decision-making results in endogenous selection bias, which creates spurious associations between the measu...
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Research shows that electronic monitoring technologies can reduce illicit agent (e.g., frontline worker) behavior along monitored dimensions such that principals (e.g., firms) benefit. Drawing on theory from criminology regarding the concept of offense displacement, we explain why the benefits from increased monitoring may be mitigated if agents su...
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The distribution of firm size in the trucking industry is highly skewed, with a few firms accounting for a disproportionate share of transport. The distribution is also highly disperse so that firms have no characteristic size. This paper demonstrates that the distribution of firms sizes can be well-approximated by the Zipf distribution. Such a dis...
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The coal industry is dominated by the largest mines, with 1% of coal mines in theU.S. being responsible for 65% of the coal cumulatively produced. We show that this”heavy tail” can be well approximated by a power law, where mine-level cumulative production is inversely proportionate to distributional rank. Maximum likelihood and regression-based pr...
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On December 18th, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation implemented a controversial mandate requiring the vast majority of truck drivers to record their working hours using electronic logging devices (ELDs). ELDs are harder to manipulate than traditional handwritten paper logbooks, and thus make it more difficult for drivers to violate restri...
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Rents from natural resources can alter the relationship between central and local governments by providing a new source of government financing. We develop a model to explore the relationship between fiscal decentralization and resource abundance. Our model indicates that natural resource rents can detach central government expenditures from the ta...
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In this study we estimate the effect of hydraulically fractured natural gas wells on residential real estate prices. We exploit variation in distance to nearby gas wells in home sale prices to estimate this effect. In contrast to previous studies, we focus on a relatively densely populated area, a section of the Dallas-Ft. Worth-Arlington urban are...
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Power-law distributions can be generated by a variety of theoretical processes and have been found in many areas of economics and finance. This paper demonstrates that the distribution of cumulative oil and gas recovery in Texas is best described by a power-law distribution, with exponent approximately equal to 1.1 for oil production and 1.6 for ga...
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Oil and natural gas reservoirs typically span multiple productive leases so that no owner has rights to the entire stock of resource, resulting in production externalities. Previous literature has examined the effectiveness of government regulation in Texas and Oklahoma in abating these externalities, finding Oklahoma to be more successful in unify...

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