Alfonso Sousa-Poza holds a Professorship in Economics at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart (Germany), and is a Director of the Institute for Health Care & Public Management. Alfonso Sousa-Poza is the coordinating editor of the Journal of the Economics of Ageing.

Alfonso Sousa-Poza studied computer science at the University of Cape Town, and economics at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, from which he obtained his PhD in 1999. From 1996 until 2007 he was employed at the Research Institute for Labour Economics and Labour Law at the University of St. Gallen.

His primarily empirical research interests are in the fields of health, labour and population economics.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in March 2007.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10963

This study uses data from the 2012 China Labor Force Dynamics Survey and 2010–2012 China Family Panel Studies to investigate job satisfaction and job expectations, as well as the association between job satisfaction and job turnover by gender among employees aged 16–65. We find not only that job satisfaction levels...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10953
forthcoming in: Economics & Human Biology, 2018

In this paper, we use data from the German Socio-Economic Panel to investigate the effect on cigarette consumption of macro-economic conditions in the form of regional unemployment rates. The results from our panel data models, several of which control for selection bias, indicate that the propensity to become a smoker...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9893

This study uses two waves (2004–2005 and 2011–2012) of the nationally representative Indian Human Development Survey to conduct a systematic decompositional analysis of the demographic and socio-economic factors contributing to undernutrition among children under five in India. The analytic method combines three types of decomposition: Blinder-Oaxaca, non-linear, and unconditional quantile....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9051
Wencke Gwozdz, Alfonso Sousa-Poza, Lucia A. Reisch, Karin Bammann, Gabriele Eiben, Yiannis Kourides, Eva Kovács, Fabio Lauria, Kenn Konstabel, Alba M. Santaliestra-Pasias, Krishna Vyncke, Iris Pigeot
published in: Economics and Human Biology, 2015, 18, 139–152

This study analyzes peer effects on childhood obesity using data from the first two waves of the IDEFICS study, which applies several anthropometric and other measures of fatness to approximately 14,000 children aged two to nine participating in both waves in 16 regions of eight European countries. Peers are defined...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8911
published in: China Economic Review, 2015, 33, 212-229

Using several waves of the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS), this study analyzes the effect of long work hours on health and lifestyles in a sample of 18- to 65-year-old Chinese workers. Although working long hours does significantly increase the probabilities of high blood pressure and poorer reported health,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8851
published in: Journal of Population Ageing, 2015, 8(3), 113-145

As the aging population increases, the demand for informal caregiving is becoming an ever more important concern for researchers and policy-makers alike. To shed light on the implications of informal caregiving, this paper reviews current research on its impact on three areas of caregivers' lives: employment, health, and family. Because...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8528
published in: China Economic Review, 2015, 35, 47-69

Using data from the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS), this study analyzes peer effects on obesity in a sample of 3- to 18-year-old children and adolescents in China. Even after a rich set of covariates and unobserved individual heterogeneity are controlled for, it is evident that such peer effects...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8438
published in: Applied Economics, 2016, 48 (14), 1303-1316

In this paper, we use 12 waves of the German Socio-Economic Panel to examine the relationship between job insecurity, employability and health-related well-being. Our results indicate that being unemployed has a strong negative effect on life satisfaction and health. They also, however, highlight the fact that this effect is most...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8030
published in: Applied Economics, 2014, 46(20), 2418–2428

Using five waves from the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS), we investigate the association between maternal employment and obesity in children aged 3–17 in both rural and urban China. Using BMI and waist circumference as measures for pediatric adiposity, we provide scant evidence for its relation to maternal employment....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7371
Wencke Gwozdz, Alfonso Sousa-Poza, Lucia A. Reisch, Wolfgang Ahrens, Stefaan De Henauw, Gabriele Eiben, Juan M. Fernández-Alvira, Charalampos Hadjigeorgiou, Eva Kovács, Fabio Lauria, Toomas Veidebaum, Garrath Williams, Karin Bammann
published in: Journal of Health Economics, 2013, 32 (4), 728-742

The substantial increase in female employment rates in Europe over the past two decades has often been linked in political and public rhetoric to negative effects on child development, including obesity. We analyse this association between maternal employment and childhood obesity using rich objective reports of various anthropometric and other...