Jason M. Fletcher

Research Fellow

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jason Fletcher is Professor in the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His main interests include estimating social networks effects on health and education decisions, long term effects of child and adolescent conditions, and integrating genetic and economic analysis. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University (2010-2012), an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a research associate of the Columbia Population Research Center. He received his PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2012.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11291

This research note explores the consequences of dispositional optimism and hopefulness when the environment changes. Much literature has documented the importance of a positive outlook in pursuing investments in health and education that pay off in the future. A question that has received less attention is whether a positive outlook...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 11232
Jason M. Fletcher, Mansur Tokmouline

While nearly all colleges and universities in the United States use academic probation as a means to signal to students a need to improve performance, very little is known about the use of this designation and the programs that accompany it on college success. This paper uses a regression discontinuity...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10833
Jason M. Fletcher, Jessica Polos
forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook on the Economics of Women

This chapter explores trends, causes and consequences of nonmarital and teen fertility in the United States and in selected European countries. First, we describe some key factors, including changes in economic institutions and family planning technologies, that likely contribute to the large changes in patterns of marriage and fertility observed...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10797

A maturing literature across the social sciences suggests important impacts of the intergenerational transmission of crime as well as peer effects that determine youth criminal activities. This paper explores these channels by examining gender-specific effects of maternal and paternal incarceration from both own-parents and classmate-parents. This paper also adds to...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10538
forthcoming in: B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 2017

We test whether adverse childhood experiences – exposure to parental maltreatment and its indirect effect on health – are associated with age 30 personality traits. We use rich longitudinal data from a large, representative cohort of young US Americans and exploit differences across siblings to control for the confounding influences...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8936

An important paper by Chiappori et al. (2012) has proposed an elegant and parsimonious model of spousal matching over multi-dimensional characteristics. Importantly, the model suggests specific testable assumptions that allow researchers to uncover marginal rates of substitution (MRS) between spousal traits, and the authors use the Panel Study of Income...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6391
published in: Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2013, 89, 122–135

While large literatures have shown that cognitive ability and schooling increases employment and wages, an emerging literature examines the importance of so-called "non-cognitive skills" in producing labor market outcomes. However, this smaller literature has not typically used causal methods in estimating the results. One source of heterogeneity that may play...