Hannes Schwandt is an Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich. Before joining Zurich, he spent three years as a post-doc at Princeton's Center for Health and Wellbeing. He received a PhD in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in 2012, a MSc in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in 2007 and a BSc in Economics from University of Munich (LMU) in 2006.

Hannes' research interests are in the fields of Health Economics, Labor Economics and Applied Microeconometrics.

He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in November 2011 and became a Research Fellow in July 2014.

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IZA Discussion Paper No. 10647

Researchers frequently test identifying assumptions in regression based research designs (which include instrumental variables or difference-in-differences models) by adding additional control variables on the right hand side of the regression. If such additions do not affect the coefficient of interest (much) a study is presumed to be reliable. We caution...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10589

Pregnancy conditions have been shown to matter for later economic success, but many threats to fetal development that have been identified are difficult to prevent. In this paper I study seasonal influenza, a preventable illness that comes around every year and causes strong inflammatory responses in pregnant women. Using administrative...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9903
Journal of Economic Perspectives, May 2016, Vol. 30(2): 29-52

Analysts who have concluded that inequality in life expectancy is increasing have generally focused on life expectancy at age 40 to 50. However, we show that among infants, children, and young adults, mortality has been falling more quickly in poorer areas with the result that inequality in mortality has fallen...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9450

In a new survey we ask respondents, after a standard Subjective Well-Being (SWB) question, if they can think of changes in their lives that would improve their SWB score. If the SWB score is just one argument among others in the respondents' goals in life, they should easily find ways...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9368

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a leading diagnosed health condition among children in many developed countries but the causes underlying these high levels of ADHD remain highly controversial. Recent research for the U.S., Canada and some European countries shows that children who enter school relatively young have higher ADHD rates...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9299
published in: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 2014, 111(41), 14734-14739.

Scholars have been examining the relationship between fertility and unemployment for more than a century. Most studies find that fertility falls with unemployment in the short run, but it is not known whether these negative effects persist since women may simply postpone child bearing to better economics times. Using over...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8298

Do wealth shocks affect the health of the elderly in developed countries? The economic literature is skeptical about such effects which have so far only been found for poor retirees in poor countries. In this paper I show that wealth shocks also matter for the health of wealthy retirees in...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7604
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, February 2016, Vol. 122: 75-87

A large literature in behavioral and social sciences has found that human wellbeing follows a U-shape over age. Some theories have assumed that the U-shape is caused by unmet expectations that are felt painfully in midlife but beneficially abandoned and experienced with less regret during old age. In a unique...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7422
Economic Journal, December 2015, Vol. 124 (589): 1653-1676

Do populations grow as countries become richer? In this paper we estimate the effects on population growth of shocks to national income that are plausibly exogenous and unlikely to be driven by technological change. For a panel of over 139 countries spanning the period 1960-2007 we interact changes in international...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6840

Many literatures investigate the causal impact of income on economic outcomes, for example in the context of intergenerational transmission or well-being and health. Some studies have proposed to use employer wage differentials and in particular industry affiliation as an instrument for income. We demonstrate that industry affiliation is correlated with...

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