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

My research interests lie primarily in the areas of Labor Economics and Development 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.


Africa's Skill Tragedy: Does Teachers' Lack of Knowledge Lead to Low Student Performance?
Journal of Human Resources, 53(3), 553-578, 2018 (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 pack.
Media mention: Nada es Gratis (in Spanish).

Working papers and work in progress

The Long-Term Impacts of Low-Achieving Childhood Peers: Evidence from Project STAR
Working paper, September 2016. R&R Journal of the European Economic Association
Media mention: Tagesspiegel (in German).

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

Preschool Attendance, School Progression, and Cognitive Skills in East Africa
Working Paper, November 2017 (with Sanna Ericsson and Fredrick Wamalwa).

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


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

Free pdf copy available upon request.

(c) 2018 Jan Bietenbeck