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

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 and Work in Progress

Tuition Fees and Educational Attainment
Working Paper, September 2020 (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.

Own Motivation, Peer Motivation, and Educational Success
Working Paper, November 2020.

New Evidence on the Importance of Instruction Time for Student Achievement on International Assessments
Working Paper, September 2020 (with Matthew Collins).
Revision requested at Journal of Applied Econometrics.


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