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, 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 and presentation slides below.

At Lund University, I teach health economics at the graduate and undergraduate levels and labor economics at the graduate level. Further down, you can find some course syllabi from recent years.

On June 13-14, 2019, I organized the Arne Ryde Workshop on Economics of Education at Skissernas Museum in Lund. Click here for the final program of this workshop.


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 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.

Preschool Attendance, Schooling, and Cognitive Skills in East Africa
Economics of Education Review, article 101909, 2019 (with Sanna Ericsson and Fredrick M. Wamalwa).
Related material: publisher's version, online appendix, replication files.
Media mention: 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 mention: Nada es Gratis (in Spanish).
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 and Work in Progress

Tuition Fees and Educational Attainment
Working Paper, April 2020 (with Jan Marcus and Felix Weinhardt; email me for latest version).

The Effect of Working Hours on Health
Revision requested at Economics and Human Biology (with Inés Berniell).
Special mention of the Premio ANCE Julio H. G. Olivera 2019.

Instruction Time, Teacher Cognitive Skills, and International Differences in Student Performance
Work in progress (with Matthew Collins).


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.


Advanced Health Economics (LU NEKN61/NEKN65): syllabus 2019, 2018, 2017.

Health Economics (LU NEKG61): syllabus 2019, 2018, 2017.

(c) 2020 Jan Bietenbeck