Working Papers

“The Lasting Legacy of Seasonal Influenza: In-utero Exposure and Labor Market Outcomes,” Dec 2019 (CEPR Discussion Paper 12653)

“Socioeconomic Decline and Death: Midlife Impacts of Graduating in a Recession,”  Jan 2020, with Till von Wachter

“The Opioid Epidemic Was Not Caused by Economic Distress But by Factors that Could be More Rapidly Addressed,” July 2020, with Janet Currie

“The Impact of Car Pollution on Infant and Child Health: Evidence from Emissions Cheating,” June 2019, CEPR Discussion Paper 13805, with Diane Alexander, revisions requested at Review of Economic Studies

Work in progress

“Disease spread and human capital,” April 2020, with Meltem Daysal and Maya Rossin-Slater
> Slides and >video (starting at 23:50) (HELP! seminar, April 17 2020)


“Local Exposure to School Shootings and Youth Antidepressant Use, with Maya Rossin-Slater, Molly Schnell, Sam Trejo, and Lindsey Uniat, forthcoming at Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

“Pauvreté, Egalité, Mortalité: Mortality (In)Equality in France and the United States,” Journal of Population Economics, 2020, Vol. 33(1):197-231, with Janet Currie and Josselin Thuilliez.

“Poorly Measured Confounders are More Useful on the Left Than on the Right,” Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, 2019, Vol. 37(2):205-216, with Zhuan Pei and Jörn-Steffen Pischke.

“Mortality Inequality in Canada and the U.S.: Divergent or Convergent Trends?” Journal of Labor Economics, 2019, Vol. 37(2):S325-S353, with Michael Baker and Janet Currie.

“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, 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, 2018, Vol. 10(4):349-77.

“Inequality in Mortality Decreased Among the Young While Increasing for Older Adults, 1990–2010,” Science, 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, 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, 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, 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), 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), 2013, with Janet Currie. >Media coverage

Practitioner Articles

“Pregnancy during the pandemic,” Northwestern Institute for Policy Research, Rapid Research Report, May 2020

“Recession Graduates: The Long-lasting Effects of an Unlucky Draw,” Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Policy Brief, April 2019

“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.

“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.

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

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

“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

Older Working Papers

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