I am an Associate Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics at Lund University. I am also a Research Fellow at DIW Berlin and at IZA, and a Research Affiliate at CESifo. Before coming to Lund, I completed my Ph.D. at CEMFI in Madrid.

My research covers topics in Labor Economics, Economics of Education, and Health Economics. I am particularly interested in the formation of and returns to human capital. You can find pdf copies of my papers below.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

New Evidence on the Importance of Instruction Time for Student Achievement on International Assessments
Journal of Applied Econometrics, accepted for publication (with Matthew Collins).

The Long-Term Impacts of Low-Achieving Childhood Peers: Evidence from Project STAR
Journal of the European Economic Association, 18(1), 392-426, 2020.
Related material: publisher's version, online appendix, slides, replication files.
Media coverage: Tagesspiegel.

The Effect of Working Hours on Health
Economics and Human Biology, 39, article 100901, 2020 (with Inés Berniell).
Related material: publisher's version.
Media coverage: The Academic Times, Vox China, Dagens ETC, among others.
Special mention of the Premio ANCE Julio H. G. Olivera 2019.

Birth Weight and Vulnerability to a Macroeconomic Crisis
Journal of Health Economics, 66, 136-144, 2019 (with Prashant Bharadwaj, Petter Lundborg, and Dan-Olof Rooth).
Related material: publisher's version, online appendix.

Preschool Attendance, Schooling, and Cognitive Skills in East Africa
Economics of Education Review, 73, article 101909, 2019 (with Sanna Ericsson and Fredrick M. Wamalwa).
Related material: publisher's version, online appendix, replication files.
Media coverage: The Conversation.

Africa's Skill Tragedy: Does Teachers' Lack of Knowledge Lead to Low Student Performance?
Journal of Human Resources, 53(3), 553-578, 2018 (lead article, with Marc Piopiunik and Simon Wiederhold).
Related material: publisher's version, slides, summary on the JHR website.
Winner of the ifo Institute Research Prize 2018.

Teaching Practices and Cognitive Skills
Labour Economics, 30, 143-153, 2014.
Related material: publisher's version, poster, slides, replication files.
Media coverage: Nada es Gratis.
Winner of the IEA Bruce H. Choppin Memorial Award 2012.
Winner of the UAM-Accenture Award in Economics and Management of Innovation 2011.

Working Papers

Tuition Fees and Educational Attainment
Current version: June 2021 (with Jan Marcus and Felix Weinhardt).
Related material: DIW Wochenbericht 15/2021 (popular science summary in German).
Media coverage: Hamburger Abendblatt, Berliner Morgenpost, WAZ, Deutschlandfunk, among others.

Peer Motivation and Educational Success
Current version: September 2021.


Three Essays on School Organization, Student Performance, and Long-Term Outcomes.
Winner of the Prize for the Best Dissertation in Economics of Education 2015/16 by the German Economic Association.

(c) 2021 Jan Bietenbeck