Working Papers

“Wealth Shocks and Health Outcomes: Evidence from Stock Market Fluctuations,” CEP Discussion Paper 1281, September 2017, revised & resubmitted to American Economic Journal: Applied Economics

“The Lasting Legacy of Seasonal Influenza: In-utero Exposure and Labor Market Outcomes,” February 2017, IZA Working Paper 10589

“Poorly Measured Confounders are More Useful on the Left Than on the Right,” March 2017, NBER Working Paper 23232, with Zhuan Pei and Jörn-Steffen Pischke

– This is a follow-up project of “A Cautionary Note on Using Industry Affiliation to Predict income” NBER Working Paper 18384, with Jörn-Steffen Pischke

“Unlucky Cohorts: Earnings, Income, and Mortality Effects from Entering the Labor Market in a Recession,” April 2017, with Till von Wachter

“Mortality Inequality in Canada and the U.S.: Divergent or Convergent Trends?” June 2017, NBER Working Paper 23514, with Michael Baker and Janet Currie

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

– Huff Post: Is the Pursuit of Happiness Self-Defeating?
– Scholars Strategy Network (SSN): Measuring and Maximizing the Pursuit of Human Happiness


“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

“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

“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.

“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.

“Ökonomische Erkenntnisse: Vom Mutterleib zum Arbeitsmarkt” (in German), Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), 28. September 2016, frontpage story in Switzerland’s leading newspaper about the insights from economic research on child development.