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

My research primarily covers topics in the area of Labor Economics, with a particular focus on human capital formation and returns to skills. You can find pdf copies of my papers and presentation slides below.

News: on June 13-14, 2019, I am organizing the Arne Ryde Workshop on Economics of Education at Skissernas Museum in Lund. Click here for a preliminary program of this workshop.


The Long-Term Impacts of Low-Achieving Childhood Peers: Evidence from Project STAR
Journal of the European Economic Association, forthcoming.
Related material: publisher's version, online appendix, slides, replication files.
Media mention: Tagesspiegel (in German).

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.

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.

Teaching Practices and Cognitive Skills
Labour Economics, 30, 143-153, 2014.
Related material: publisher's version, poster, slides, replication files.
Media mention: Nada es Gratis (in Spanish).

Working Papers and Work in Progress

Preschool Attendance, School Progression, and Cognitive Skills in East Africa
Working Paper, July 2018 (with Sanna Ericsson and Fredrick M. Wamalwa).
Revision requested at the Economics of Education Review.

Intensive and Extensive Margin Effects of Tuition Fees in Higher Education
Work in progress (with Jan Marcus and Felix Weinhardt).

The Effect of Working Hours on Health
Working Paper, May 2018 (with Inés Berniell).

Teachers Moderate Peer Effects in Schools
Work in progress.


Three Essays on School Organization, Student Performance, and Long-Term Outcomes.

Free pdf copy available upon request.

(c) 2019 Jan Bietenbeck