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Adriana Lleras-Muney Profile

Adriana Lleras-Muney is a professor of economics in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is an NBER research associate affiliated with the programs on Health Economics, Health Care, Economics of Aging, and Children. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Health Economics, serves on the board of editors of Demography, and will join the board of editors of the American Economic Review in July. She served as a permanent member of the Social Sciences and Population Studies Study Section at the National Institutes of Health, and was an elected member of the American Economic Association Executive Committee. In 2017, she won a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Lleras-Muney’s research examines the relationships between socioeconomic status and health, with a particular focus on the impacts of education, income, and policy. Her most recent work investigates the long-term impact of government policies on children by analyzing the effects of programs like the Mother’s Pension program and the Civilian Conservation Corps, implemented during the first half of the twentieth century. Her work has been published in leading journals such as the American Economic ReviewEconometricaThe Review of Economic Studies, and The Quarterly Journal of Economics. Lleras-Muney received her PhD in economics from Columbia University and was an assistant professor of economics at Princeton University before moving to UCLA.


1. The Association between Educational Attainment and Longevity Using Individual Level Data from the 1940 Census,” Lleras-Muney A, Price J, Yue D. NBER Working Paper 27514, July 2020, and Journal of Health Economics 84, July 2022, 102649. Go to ⤴︎
2.  “Economic Status and Health in Childhood: The Origins of the Gradient,” Case A, Lubotsky D, Paxson C. NBER Working Paper 8344, June 2001, and American Economic Review 92(5), December 2002, pp. 1308–1334. Go to ⤴︎
3. The Association between Income and Life Expectancy in the United States, 2001–2014,” Chetty R, Stepner M, Abraham S, Lin S, Scuderi B, Turner N, Bergeron A, Cutler D. Journal of the American Medical Association 315(16), April 2016, pp. 1750–1766. Go to ⤴︎
4.  “The Long Term Impact of Cash Transfers to Poor Families,” Aizer A, Eli S, Ferrie J, Lleras-Muney A. NBER Working Paper 20103, May 2014, and American Economic Review 106(4), April 2016, pp. 935–971. Go to ⤴︎
5.  “Socio-Economic Decline and Death: The Life-Cycle Impacts of Recessions for Labor Market Entrants,” Schwandt H, von Wachter TM. NBER Working Paper 26638, January 2020. Go to ⤴︎
6. "Do Youth Employment Programs Work? Evidence from the New Deal,” Aizer A, Eli S, Imbens G, Lee K, Lleras-Muney A. NBER Working Paper 27103, June 2020. Go to ⤴︎
7. A Unified Model of Cohort Mortality for Economic Analysis,” Lleras-Muney A, Moreau F. NBER Working Paper 28193, December 2020. Published as “A Unified Model of Cohort Mortality” in Demography 59(6), December 2022, pp. 2109–2134. Go to ⤴︎
8. "Mortality Inequality: The Good News from a County-Level Approach,” Currie J, Schwandt H. NBER Working Paper 22199, April 2016, and Journal of Economic Perspectives 30(2), Spring 2016, pp. 29–52. Go to ⤴︎
9. "Mortality Rates by College Degree before and during COVID-19,” Case A, Deaton A. NBER Working Paper 29328, October 2021. Go to ⤴︎
10. The Relationship between Education and Adult Mortality in the United States,” Lleras-Muney A. NBER Working Paper 8986, June 2002, and The Review of Economic Studies 72(1), January 2005, pp. 189–221. Go to ⤴︎
11.  “The Effect of Education on Health and Mortality: A Review of Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Evidence,” Galama T, Lleras-Muney A, van Kippersluis H. NBER Working Paper 24225, January 2018, and Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance 24, May 2018. Go to ⤴︎
12. Education and Health: Insights from International Comparisons,” Cutler DM, Lleras-Muney A. NBER Working Paper 17738, January 2012, and Encyclopedia of Health Economics 1, Culyer AJ editor, , pp. 232–245, San Diego: Elsevier, 2014. Go to ⤴︎
13. Technological Innovation and Inequality in Health,” Glied S, Lleras-Muney A. Demography 45(3), August 2008, pp. 741–761. Go to ⤴︎
14. When Does Education Matter? The Protective Effect of Education for Cohorts Graduating in Bad Times,” Cutler DM, Huang W, Lleras-Muney A. NBER Working Paper 20156, May 2014, and Social Science & Medicine 127, February 2015, pp. 63–73. Go to ⤴︎
15. The data on life expectancy over time and by gender comes from the Social Security Administration’s period life tables available here: Go to ⤴︎
16. Modern Medicine and the 20th Century Decline in Mortality: Evidence on the Impact of Sulfa Drugs,” Jayachandran S, Lleras-Muney A, Smith KV. NBER Working Paper 15089, June 2009, and American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 2(2), April 2010, pp. 118–146. Go to ⤴︎
17. XX>XY? The Changing Female Advantage in Life Expectancy,” Goldin C, Lleras-Muney A. NBER Working Paper 24716, October 2018, and Journal of Health Economics 67, September 2019, 102224. Go to ⤴︎
18. “The Impact of Cash Transfers to Poor Mothers on Family Structure and Maternal Well-Being,” Aizer A, Cho S, Eli S, Lleras-Muney A. Working paper, 2023. Go to ⤴︎
19. Technological Innovation and Inequality in Health,” Glied S, Lleras-Muney A. Demography 45(3), August 2008, pp. 741–761. Go to ⤴︎


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