Working Papers

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

“Wealth Shocks and Health Outcomes: Evidence from Stock Market Fluctuations,” CEP Discussion Paper 1281, June 2014, revise & resubmit American Economic Journal: Applied Economics

“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 (submitted).

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.