Working Papers

“Socio-economic Decline and Death: Midlife Impacts of Graduating in a Recession,” April 2019, with Till von Wachter

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

“Mortality Inequality in Canada and the U.S.: Divergent or Convergent Trends?” NBER Working Paper 23514, accepted 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, accepted at Journal of Population Economics, with Janet Currie and Josselin Thuilliez

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


“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)

“Unlucky Cohorts: Estimating the Long-term Effects of Entering the Labor Market in a Recession in Large Cross-sectional Data Sets,”  Journal of Labor Economics, January 2019, Vol. 37: S161-S198, with Till von Wachter >Media coverage

“Wealth Shocks and Health Outcomes: Evidence from Stock Market Fluctuations,”  American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, October 2018

“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

“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

“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.