Daniel Millimet is a Professor of Economics at Southern Methodist University. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Brown University in 1999 and his B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1994.

His research centers on three areas: economics issues related to children, environmental economics, and program evaluation methods. His work has been published in journals such as Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, Review of Economics & Statistics, Economic Journal, and International Economic Review.

His current research includes projects on child obesity, food insecurity, the interplay between global integration and the environment, and microeconometric methods.

He currently serves on the editorial boards for Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and Empirical Economics. He is also a senior co-editor of Advances in Econometrics.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in July 2008.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10402
published in: Journal of Econometrics, 2017, 199 (2), 141-155

Basmann (Basmann, R.L., 1957, A generalized classical method of linear estimation of coefficients in a structural equation. Econometrica 25, 77-83; Basmann, R.L., 1959, The computation of generalized classical estimates of coefficients in a structural equation. Econometrica 27, 72-81) introduced two-stage least squares (2SLS). In subsequent work, Basmann (Basmann, R.L., F.L....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9814

Using US local labor markets between 1990 and 2010, we analyze the heterogeneous impact of rising trade exposure on employment growth of 'good' and 'bad' jobs. Three salient findings emerge. First, rising local exposure to import competition, via falling US tariffs or rising Chinese import penetration, reduces (increases) employment growth...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9622
published in: Empirical Economics, 2017, 52 (3), 1115-1142

The empirical effects of place-based tax incentive schemes designed to aid low income communities are unclear. While a growing number of studies find beneficial effects on employment, there is little investigation into other behaviors of households affected by such programs. We analyze the impact of the Texas Enterprise Zone Program...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9103

Food insecurity is one of the most, if not the most, significant, nutrition-related public health issue confronted in the US. Unfortunately, we know very little about the determinants of food security except that it is not synonymous with poverty. Many households above the poverty line are food insecure; many below...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8086
published in: Journal of International Economics, 2016, 99, 156-178

Even if free trade creates net welfare gains for a country as a whole, the associated distributional implications can undermine the political viability of free trade. We show that trade-related redistribution increases the political viability of free trade in the US. We do so by assessing the causal effect of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7831
published in: Case Western Reserve Law Review, 2014, 64 (4), 1669-1757

Environmental federalism refers to the debate over the 'optimal' level of government at which to delegate environmental policymaking. Although this issue receives widespread attention across the globe, opinions run the gamut. The diversity of views plays out in practice as well as different federations have 'resolved' the issue differently. With...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7657

Rates of childhood obesity have increased dramatically in the last few decades. Non-causal evidence suggests that childhood obesity is highly persistent over the life cycle. However little is known about the origins of this persistence. In this paper we attempt to answer three questions. First, how do anthropometric measures evolve...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7457
published in: Empirical Economics, 2015, 48, 83-141

Food security and obesity represent two of the most significant public health issues. However, little is known about how these issues are intertwined. Here, we assess the causal relationship between food security during early childhood and relatively long-run measures of child health. Identifying this causal relationship is complicated due to...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7453
published as 'Persistence in Body Mass Index in a Recent Cohort of US Children' in: Economics an Human Biology, 2015, 17, 157-176

While childhood obesity has become a significant public health concern over the last few decades, knowledge concerning the origins of or persistence in childhood anthropometric measures is incomplete. Here, we utilize several nonparametric measures of mobility to assess the evolution of weight, height, and body mass index during early childhood....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7359
published in: Journal of Applied Econometrics, 2017, 32 (4), 725-743

With the increased availability of longitudinal data, dynamic panel data models have become commonplace. Moreover, the properties of various estimators of such models are well known. However, we show that these estimators breakdown when the data are irregularly spaced along the time dimension. Unfortunately, this is an increasingly frequent occurrence...