Media Coverage

Paper: “The Covid-19 Baby Bump: The Unexpected Increase in U.S. Fertility Rates in Response to the Pandemic”

The Washington Post, 3/21/2023: Covid gave America a surprise baby boom
The Atlantic, 11/28/2022: The Pandemic Exposed the Inequality of American Motherhood
The Atlantic, 11/2/2022: The Great Pandemic Baby Bump
The Economist, 10/26/2022: American-born women had more babies during the pandemic
New York Times, 10/26/2022: The Pandemic Led to More Babies Last Year, Not Fewer
New York Times, 10/22/2022: Remote Work Is Here to Stay. Lean In, Employers
NPR Marketplace, 10/19/2022: How the pandemic created an unexpected “baby bump”

Paper: “Inequality in Mortality between Black and White Americans by Age, Place, and Cause, and in Comparison to Europe, 1990-2018”

The Atlantic, 9/7/2022: America Is a Rich Death Trap
Slow Boring (Matt Yglesias), 8/30/2022: The student debt crisis as a macroeconomic phenomenon 
Slow Boring (Matt Yglesias), 7/26/2022: Tackling America’s weirdly short life expectancy should be a priority The Atlantic, 9/12/2021:  Why Americans Die So Much
The Washington Post, 10/11/2021: Want to add healthy years to your life? Here’s what new longevity research says 9/17/2021: Why Do Europeans Live Longer Than Americans?
WSJ editorial 10/11/2021: Why Black Lives Got Longer 
The Weeds (Vox), 9/14/2021: The Weeds Will Live Forever
The Guardian, 9/19/2021: America’s mortality gap should sound a blaring alarm across the Atlantic

Paper: “Trauma at School: The Impacts of Shootings on Students’ Human Capital and Economic Outcomes,” and “Local Exposure to School Shootings and Youth Antidepressant Use“

NPR Marketplace, 5/27/2022:  How school shootings shape survivors’ economic lives
Probable Causation 3/15/2022: Episode 69: Molly Schnell on school shootings
Washington Post, December 18, 2019: Antidepressant use by children jumps more than 20 percent after a school shooting, data shows
The Hill, December 17, 2019: Study finds high antidepressant use for shooting survivors
Los Angeles Times, December 17, 2019: After fatal school shootings, antidepressant use spikes among student survivors

Paper:  “Unlucky Cohorts: Estimating the Long-term Effects of Entering the Labor Market in a Recession in Large Cross-sectional Data Sets” and “Socioeconomic Decline and Death: Midlife Impacts of Graduating in a Recession”

New York Times, August 22, 2020: The Coronavirus Generation
New York Times, May 19, 2020: Facing Adulthood With an Economic Disaster’s Lasting Scars
Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2020: The Class of 2020 Takes Flight as the Job Market Crashes
Wall Street Journal, May 19, 2019: Playing Catch-Up in the Game of Life
Washington Post, Oct 18 2020: Millennials are the poster children for what happens when Congress fails to stimulate the economy
Washington Post, January 6, 2020: Don’t root for a recession to knock out Trump
The Economist, February 5, 2020: Starting work in a recession affects people for their whole lives
The Economist, Oct 19, 2018: Temporary economic downturns have long-lasting consequences
Business Insider, Nov 16, 2020: Gen Z is set to take over the economy in a decade
Business Insider, May 10, 2020: Recession expert says there’s an upside to graduating right now
Bloomberg, 8/24/2020: They beat Covid, but debilitating effects and economic costs may linger for years
NPR, April 17, 2020: Politics with Amy Walter: How Coronavirus Will Hurt those Attempting to Enter the Workforce
Reuters (reprinted in the New York Times), April 3, 2020: Special Report: How the COVID-19 lockdown will take its own toll on health
Financial Times, Nov 1, 2018: The untold career value of a little bit of luck at the outset
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, April 28, 2020:  New Graduates Facing Difficult Job Market Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Inside Higher Ed, April 15, 2020: Cancel This Semester. Adopt a Coronavirus Student Bill Instead
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 10, 2020: Covid-19 Is Scrambling the Job Market for Recent Grads
WirtschaftsWoche, April 8, 2020: Supermaster Sonderfolge: Corona? Keine Panik!
WSJ Real Time Economics, Oct 15, 2018: The recession is well over, but its effects still linger.
Fortune Magazine, April 20, 2020: How the American economy can recover from the coronavirus pandemic
WirtschaftsWoche, April 27, 2020: Absolventen brauchen langen Atem
PBS Newshour, March 30 2020: How the coronavirus’ economic toll could also affect public health

Paper: “The Impact of Car Pollution on Infant and Child Health: Evidence from Emissions Cheating”

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), August 5 2019: Droht Volkswagen die nächste Sammelklage?” / “Is another class action lying ahead of Volkswagen?” (in German), including an official statement from Volkswagen.

Volkswagen cheated on emissions standards — and made thousands of kids sick

Paper: “Inequality in Mortality Decreased Among the Young While Increasing for Older Adults, 1990–2010,” and “Mortality Inequality: The Good News from a County-Level Approach”

The Economist, May 14 2016 (lead article US section): Looking up
The New York Times, June 17 2016: Good News Hidden in the Data: Today’s Children Are Healthier
The Washington Post, May 5 2016: The tremendously good news about the young that we’ve been ignoring.
The Atlantic, May 10 2016: The Mystery of Why Black Americans Are Living Longer
Chicago Tribune, May 20 2016: Money doesn’t buy as long a life as it used to”, May 10 2016: Life Expectancy is Increasing and Health Inequality is Down, May 3 2016: The inequality that matters is doing quite well
Reuters, April 21 2016: Gap in death rates between rich and poor young Americans narrows

Paper: “Short and Long-Term Effects of Unemployment on Fertility”

The Economist, Oct 31, 2018: America’s fertility rate continues its deep decline
Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2016: Baby Lull Promises Growing Pains for Economy.
The Atlantic, Sep 30 2014: The Recession’s Baby Bust.
The Washington Post, Sep. 30, 2014: How the recession affected womens’ decision to have kids.
Wall Street Journal, Oct 2, 2014: What If American Women Never Have The Children They Delayed Because of the Recession?
WSJ Real Time Economics, April 28, 2015: Just How Much Did the Recession Make 20-Somethings Delay Children?
Daily Mail, Sep. 30, 2014: More money, more babies: Why the birth rate plummets when America goes into recession.
Associated Press, Sep. 29, 2014: Study: Recessions can postpone motherhood forever.

Paper: “Unmet Aspirations as an Explanation for the Age U-Shape in Wellbeing”

nature (podcast) 10/12/2022: Why the mid-career stage in science can feel like a second puberty
The Atlantic (inaugural podcast), 5/30/2022: Starting Over When You Think It’s Too Late
Freakonomics, 9/18/2022: Are You Having a Midlife Crisis?
FOCUS, 6/4/2021 (cover story): Was geht, Alter?
ZEIT, Jan 2, 2021 (cover story): Älter werden: Das Beste kommt noch
Vox, Jan 23, 2020: The 30-something life crisis
Financial Times, Dec 8, 2016: “Over 22? Forget blaming others: success or failure is down to you”
Financial Times, July 3, 2015: “Working older”
Financial Times, Sep. 18, 2014: “Is the midlife crisis just an excuse?”
Financial Times, Sep. 13, 2013: “What makes life sag in the middle?”
The Atlantic, December 2014 (cover story): “The Real Roots of Midlife Crisis”
The Atlantic, April 2016: “Quit Your Job”
Chicago Tribune, May 31, 2018: “How I would’ve made my 40s a happier decade of my life”
Stern Magazine (in German), May 30, 2018: “War das schon alles?
Los Angeles Times, May 27, 2018: “How to avoid the ‘midlife slump'”

The New Yorker, Feb 4, 2018: “The Philosophy of the Midlife Crisis”
NPR Interview (live), July 29 2013: “What’s your number? Research shows happiness peaks at ages 23 and 69.”
Forbes, Dec 8, 2014: “Are you having a midlife crisis or a U-curve?”
TIME Magazine, July 22 2013: “Study: 23 and 69 Are the Happiest Ages.” Die Welt, May 20, 2015 (Interview): “Das Glück fängt nach der Midlife Crisis an.”
Sydney Morning Herald, March 20 2015: “The sex itch”
New York Daily News, July 24 2013: “Happiness peaks during 20s and 60s, slumps in mid-50s: study.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), July 23 2013: “Das Glück ist ein U.”
La Vanguardia, July 26 2013: “Las edades en que somos más felices, según estudio.”
Toronto Star, July 22 2013: “Happiness shaped by expectations: study.”
Sunday Times, July 21 2013: “Research has identified the two ages at which our contentment is at its peak.”
Financial Times Chinese Sep. 23 2013: 中年人:你幸福吗?
Times of India, Aug 4 2013 : “Happiness peaks in 20s and 60s.”

Paper: “Pauvreté, Egalité, Mortalité: Mortality (In)Equality in France and the United States”

Radio France Internationale, August 18 2018: “Pour vaincre la pauvreté et les inégalités, une révolution?”

Paper: “Within-mother analysis of seasonal patterns in health at birth”

The Washington Post, July 22 2013: “For the healthiest baby, summer is the best time to conceive, study says.”
NPR Interview (live), July 11 2013: “Princeton study shows birthdays could affect infant health.”
TIME Magazine, July 9 2013: ” Not This Month, Honey: Why You Shouldn’t Conceive a Baby in May.”
The Sydney Morning Herald, July 9 2013: “Babies conceived in spring ‘more likely to be premature.”
Los Angeles Times, July 9 2013: “Month of conception can affect child’s health at birth.

Paper: “The 9/11 Dust Cloud and Pregnancy Outcomes:  A Reconsideration”

National Geographic, Dec. 27, 2016: “Hazardous 9/11 Dust Made Newborn Babies Smaller.”
TIME Magazine, Aug. 13, 2014: “Study: 9/11 Dust Cloud Likely Caused Widespread Pregnancy Complications.”
New York Magazine, Aug. 14, 2014: “Dust From 9/11 May Have Led to a Lot of Complicated Pregnancies and Premature Births.”
FiveThirtyEight, Aug. 14, 2014: “In The Papers: The 9/11 Dust Cloud”

Paper: “The Youngest Get The Pill: ADHD Diagnosis and the Production of Education in Germany,” (German Working Paper version August 11 2015).

Frankfurter Rundschau, September 4 2015: Einfach nur  zappelig oder krank?
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), August 11 2015: “Immer auf die Jüngsten?”
Süddeutsche Zeitung, August 11 2015: “Wenn frühe Einschulung zur Fehldiagnose führt”
SPIEGEL Online, August 11 2015: “Einschulungsalter: September-Kinder erhalten häufiger ADHS-Diagnose.”

Paper: “Why So Many of Us Experience a Midlife Crisis”, Harvard Business Review

The Globe and Mail (Canada), May 14, 2015: “The upside of your mid-career crisis.”
The Irish Times, May 1, 2015: “Wake-up Call: Why we experience mid-life crises.”

Paper: Do People Seek to Maximize Their Subjective Well‐Being – And Fail?

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), May 11 2016: Glück allein macht auch nicht glücklich