Working Papers

“The Lasting Legacy of Seasonal Influenza: In-utero Exposure and Labor Market Outcomes,” Jan 2018, CEPR Discussion Paper 12653, submitted

“Unlucky Cohorts: Estimating the Long-term Effects of Entering the Labor Market in a Recession in Large Cross-sectional Data Sets,” conditionally accepted at Journal of Labor Economics, with Till von Wachter

“Mortality Inequality in Canada and the U.S.: Divergent or Convergent Trends?” NBER Working Paper 23514, revise and resubmit at Journal of Labor Economics, with Michael Baker and Janet Currie

“Pauvreté, Egalité, Mortalité: Mortality (In)Equality in France and the United States” NBER Working Paper 24623, with Janet Currie and Josselin Thuilliez, submitted

Do People Seek to Maximize Their Subjective Well‐Being – And Fail? May 2016 (previous version: IZA DP No. 9450), with Marc Fleurbaey


“Wealth Shocks and Health Outcomes: Evidence from Stock Market Fluctuations,”  American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (forthcoming)

“Poorly Measured Confounders are More Useful on the Left Than on the Right,” Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, with Zhuan Pei and Jörn-Steffen Pischke (forthcoming)

“Inequality in Mortality Decreased Among the Young While Increasing for Older Adults, 1990–2010,”
Science, May 2016, Vol. 352 (6286): 708-712, with Janet Currie.  >Media coverage, Note on 1990 Census population counts

– Commentary: “Hope for America’s Next Generation,” Science, May 2016, pp. 661-662, by Martha Bailey and Brenden Timpe.

“Mortality Inequality: The Good News from a County-Level Approach,” Journal of Economic Perspectives,  2016, Vol. 30(2): 29-52, with Janet Currie. >Media coverage

“The Youngest Get the Pill: ADHD Misdiagnosis in Germany, its Regional Correlates and International Comparison,” with Amelie Wuppermann, Labour Economics, May 2016, Vol. 43, 72-86. >Media coverage

“The 9/11 Dust Cloud and Pregnancy Outcomes: A Reconsideration,” Journal of Human Resources, 2016, Vol. 51 (4): 805-831, with Janet Currie. >Media coverage

“Income and Population Growth”, Economic Journal, December 2015, Vol. 124 (589): 1653-1676, with Markus Brückner.

“Unmet Aspirations as an Explanation for the Age U-shape in Wellbeing,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, February 2016, Vol. 122: 75-87. >Media coverage (Financial Times (4x), NPR, among others). Featured in NYT Bestsellers “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing,” “Midlife: A Philosophical Guide,” and “The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50”

“Short- and Long-term Effects of Unemployment on Fertility,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), September 2014, with Janet Currie. >Media coverage

“Within-mother Analysis of Seasonal Patterns in Health at Birth,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), July 2013, with Janet Currie. >Media coverage

Practitioner Articles

“Why So Many of Us Experience a Midlife Crisis,”Harvard Business Review, April 2015. Lead story on on April 21. >Media coverage.

Reprinted in Harvard Business Review “Guide to Changing Your Career” (Leadership & Managing People), August 2018

“Ökonomische Erkenntnisse: Vom Mutterleib zum Arbeitsmarkt” (in German), Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), September 28 2016.

“Child Development: Research and Policy,” American Society of Health Economics, with Valentina Duque, November 2017.

“When Social Policy Saves Lives: Analyzing Trends in Mortality Inequality in the United States and France” Chicago Booth Pro-Market Blog, with Janet Currie and Josselin Thuilliez, July 2018.

“Aux Etats-Unis comme en France, les inégalités de santé et de revenus ne vont pas nécessairement de pair” Le Monde, with Janet Currie and Josselin Thuilliez, September 2018.