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Jonathan Skinner Profile

Jonathan Skinner, the director of the NBER’s Economics of Aging Program, is a research professor in economics at Dartmouth College and a professor at the Geisel School of Medicine’s Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Aging and Health Care Program Administrator Richard Woodbury assisted in the preparation of this report.


1. Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism, Case A, Deaton A. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2020.   Go to ⤴︎
2. The Great Divide: Education, Despair and Death,” Case A, Deaton A. NBER Working Paper 29241, September 2021. Forthcoming in the Annual Review of Economics 14, August 2022.   Go to ⤴︎
3. Origins of the Opioid Crisis and Its Enduring Impacts,” Alpert A, Evans W, Lieber E, Powell D.  NBER Working Paper 26500, November 2019, and The Quarterly Journal of Economics 137(2), May 2022, pp. 1139–1179.   Go to ⤴︎
4. Inequality in Mortality between Black and White Americans by Age, Place, and Cause, and in Comparison to Europe, 1990–2018,” Schwandt H, Currie J, Bär M, Banks J, Bertoli P, Bütikofer A, Cattan S, et al. NBER Working Paper 29203, September 2021, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  118(40), September 2021. Go to ⤴︎
5. Rising Geographic Disparities in US Mortality,” Couillard B, Foote C, Gandhi K, Meara E, Skinner J. Journal of Economic Perspectives 35(4), Fall 2021, pp. 123–146.   Go to ⤴︎
6. Does When You Die Depend on Where You Live? Evidence from Hurricane Katrina,” Deryugina T, Molitor D. NBER Working Paper 24822, revised December 2019, and American Economic Review 110(11), November 2020, pp. 3602–3633.   Go to ⤴︎
7. Place-Based Drivers of Mortality: Evidence from Migration,” Finkelstein A, Gentzkow M, Williams H. NBER Working Paper 25975, June 2019, and American Economic Review 111(8), August 2021, pp. 2697–2735.   Go to ⤴︎
8. What Can Economics Say about Alzheimer’s Disease?” Chandra A, Coile C, Mommaerts C. NBER Working Paper 27760, July 2021. Forthcoming in the Journal of Economic Literature.   Go to ⤴︎
9. Cognitive Decline, Limited Awareness, Imperfect Agency, and Financial Well-Being,” Ameriks J, Caplin A, Lee M, Shapiro M, Tonetti C. NBER Working Paper 29634, January 2022.   Go to ⤴︎
10. Hazed and Confused: The Effect of Air Pollution on Dementia,” Bishop K, Ketcham J, Kuminoff N. NBER Working Paper 24970, revised August 2019.   Go to ⤴︎
11. Excess Deaths in the United States during the First Year of COVID-19,” Ruhm C. NBER Working Paper 29503, November 2021.   Go to ⤴︎
12. The Great Unequalizer: Initial Health Effects of COVID-19 in the United States,” Alsan M, Chandra A, Simon K. NBER Working Paper 28958, June 2021, and Journal of Economic Perspectives 35(3), Summer 2021, pp. 25–46.   Go to ⤴︎
13. Trends in Mortality Rates among Medicare Enrollees with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias before and during the Early Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Gilstrap L, Zhou W, Alsan M, Nanda A, Skinner J. JAMA Neurology 79(4), April 2022, pp. 342–348.   Go to ⤴︎
14. Nursing Home Quality, COVID-19 Deaths, and Excess Mortality,” Cronin C, Evans W. NBER Working Paper 28012, October 2020, and Journal of Health Economics 82, March 2022, article 102592.   Go to ⤴︎
15. Mortality Rates by College Degree before and during COVID-19,” Case A, Deaton A. NBER Working Paper 29328, revised October 2021.   Go to ⤴︎
16. Nursing Home Staff Networks and COVID-19,” Chen M, Chevalier J, Long E. NBER Working Paper 27608, revised October 2020, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118(1), December 2020, e2015455118.   Go to ⤴︎
17. Racial Disparities in Savings Behavior for a Continuously Employed Cohort,” Kuan K, Cullen M, Modrek S. NBER Working Paper 20937, February 2015.   Go to ⤴︎
18. The Stability and Predictive Power of Financial Literacy: Evidence from Longitudinal Data,” Angrisani M, Burke J, Lusardi A, Mottola G. NBER Working Paper 28125, November 2020.   Go to ⤴︎
19. The Link between Health and Working Longer: Disparities in Work Capacity,” Berger B, Lopez Garcia I, Maestas N, Mullen K. NBER Working Paper 30036, May 2022.     Go to ⤴︎
20. The Health Costs of Cost-Sharing,” Chandra A, Flack E, Obermeyer Z. NBER Working Paper 28439, February 2021.   Go to ⤴︎


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