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Hannes Schwandt

Hannes Schwandt

  • Associate Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
  • Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research


Hannes Schwandt is a health economist and economic demographer who researches the relationship between economic factors and well-being, studying questions such as whether economic shocks or unemployment affect physical health, mortality, and fertility. He also researches the long-term human capital effects stemming from adverse health exposures during the prenatal period or early childhood. He joins SESP from the University of Zurich.


  • PhD, Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2012
  • BA, Economics, University of Munich, 2006

Selected Publications

“The Impact of Car Pollution on Infant and Child Health: Evidence from Emissions Cheating,”
with Diane Alexander, Review of Economic Studies 89(6): 2872-2910, 2022

“The Relationship Between Income and Child Health: New Data for an Old Question,” with Janet Currie,
JAMA (editorial) 328(24):2402–2403, 2022

“Changes in the Relationship Between Income and Life Expectancy Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic, California, 2015-2021” (lead author), with Janet Currie, Till von Wachter, Jonathan Kowalski, Derek Chapman, and Steven H. Woolf, JAMA 328(4):360-366, 2022

“Inequality in Mortality between Black and White Americans by Age, Place, and Cause, and in Comparison to Europe, 1990-2018” (lead author), with Janet Currie, Marlies Bär, James Banks, Paola Bertoli, Aline Bütikofer, Sarah Cattan, Beatrice Zong-Ying Chao, Claudia Costa, Libertad Gonzalez, Veronica Grembi, Kristiina Huttunen, René Karadakic, Lucy Kraftman, Sonya Krutikova, Stefano Lombardi, Peter Redler, Carlos Riumallo-Herl, Ana Rodríguez-González, Kjell Salvanes, Paula Santana, Josselin Thuilliez, Eddy van Doorslaer, Tom Van Ourti, Joachim Winter, Bram Wouterse, and Amelie Wuppermann, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 118(40), 2021

“The Opioid Epidemic Was Not Caused by Economic Distress But by Factors that Could be More Rapidly Addressed,” with Janet Currie, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 695(1):276-291, 2021

Fiscal Studies 42(1), 9-23, 2021

“Inequality in Mortality: Updated Estimates for the United States, Canada and France,” with Michael Baker, Janet Currie, Boriana Miloucheva, and Josselin Thuilliez, Fiscal Studies 42(1), 25-46, 2021

“Geographic Inequality in Income and Mortality in Germany,” with Peter Redler, Amelie Wuppermann, Joachim Winter, and Janet Currie, Fiscal Studies 42(1), 147-170, 2021

“Local Exposure to School Shootings and Youth Antidepressant Use, with Maya Rossin-Slater, Molly Schnell, Sam Trejo, and Lindsey Uniat, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 117(38), 2020.

“Pauvreté, Egalité, Mortalité: Mortality (In)Equality in France and the United States,” with Janet Currie and Josselin Thuilliez, Journal of Population Economics 33(1), 2020