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Research Interests:

  • Labor Economics and Applied Econometrics
  • Immigration and migration
  • Education
  • Conflict
  • Applied econometrics


David A. Jaeger is Professor of Economics at the University of Cologne, a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, and an External Fellow at the Center for Research and Analysis on Migration (CReAM) at University College London. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and holds two M.A. degrees (in economics and statistics) from there. He received his B.A. from Williams College in 1986.
Prof. Jaeger has held regular and visiting positions at the City University of New York, the College of William and Mary, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the University of Bonn, the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics, the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), and Princeton University. In 1995 he was the first winner of the W.E. Upjohn Institute Disseration Prize for an outstanding dissertation in labor economics, and was an Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung fellow from 2003 to 2004.

Prof. Jaeger's research interests include education, migration, conflict, and applied econometrics, among others.



Selected Publications:

  • "The Shape of Things to Come? On the Dynamics of Suicide Attacks and Targeted Killings" (with M. Daniele Paserman), Quarterly Journal of Political Science, forthcoming
  • "Direct Evidence on Risk Attitudes and Migration," (with Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, Uwe Sunde, and Holger Bonin), Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming
  • "The Cycle of Violence? An Empirical Analysis of Fatalities in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict" (with M. Daniele Paserman), American Economic Review, 98(3):1591-1604 (September 2008)
  • "Green Cards and the Location Choices of Immigrants in the United States, 1971-2000," Research in Labor Economics, 27:131-183 (2007)
  • "Natives, the Foreign-Born, and High School Equivalents: New Evidence on the Returns to the GED" (with Melissa A. Clark), Journal of Population Economics, 19(4):769-793 (October 2006)

  • "Israel, the Palestinians Factions, and the Cycle of Violence" (with M. Daniele Paserman), American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, 96(2):45-49 (May 2006).
  • "Estimating the Returns to Education using the Newest Current Population Survey Education Questions," Economics Letters, 78(3):385-394 (March 2003)
  • "Do Compulsory Attendance Laws Alone Explain the Association between Earnings and Quarter of Birth?" (with John Bound), Research in Labor Economics, 19:83-108 (2000)
  • "Reconciling the Old and New Census Bureau Education Questions: Recommendations for Researchers," Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, 15(4):300-309 (August 1997)
  • "Is Job Stability in the United States Falling? Reconciling Trends in the Current Population Survey and Panel Study of Income Dynamics" (with Ann Huff Stevens), Journal of Labor Economics 17(4):S1-S28 (October 1999)
  • "Degrees Matter: New Evidence on Sheepskin Effects in the Returns to Education" (with Marianne Page), Review of Economics and Statistics, 78(4):733-740 (November 1996)
  • "Problems with Instrumental Variables Estimation when the Correlation between the Instrument and the Endogenous Explanatory Variable Is Weak" (with John Bound and Regina M. Baker), Journal of the American Statistical Association, 90(430):443-450 (June 1995)

Working Papers:

Other Research:

  • "'Heckit' Two-step Sample Selection Correction Estimation in SAS," in Vivek, Ajmani, Applied Econometrics Using SAS, John Wiley and Sons, forthcoming. See also the routine at the SAS Institute.
  • "Illegal Immigrants and the Economy," Letter to the Editor, New York Times, 10 June 2006, p. A26. The letter is in reaction to this Op-Ed by Barry Chiswick.
  • "Replacing the Undocumented Workforce," Center for American Progress, April 2006."
  • "Deporting the Undocumented: A Cost Assessment" (with Rajeev Goyle), Center for American Progress, July 2005. This report was mentioned in Jay Leno's  monologue on The Tonight Show on 27 July 2005!
  • "'Heckit' Two-step Sample Selection Correction Estimation in SHAZAM," in White K.J., et al., SHAZAM User's Reference Manual, Version 7.0, McGraw-Hill, 258-261 (1993). Also in SHAZAM User's Reference Manual Versions 8 (1996), 9 (2001), and 10 (2004).


Summer Semester 2010

Labor Economics
Public Policy and the Labor Market (M.A.)


Winter Semester 2009/2010

Labor Economics
Advanced Microeconometrics (Cologne Graduate School)


Summer Semester 2009

Identification Strategies in Econometrics (Cologne Graduate School)