Working Papers

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

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

“Unlucky Cohorts: Earnings, Income, and Mortality Effects from Entering the Labor Market in a Recession,” revise and resubmit 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

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)

“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.

“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.