"Medication of Postpartum Depression and Maternal Outcomes: Evidence from Geographic Variation in Dutch Prescribing" (with Janet Currie), The Journal of Human Resources, June 06, 2023, 1021-11986R1
"Technology and Big Data Are Changing Economics: Mining Text to Track Methods" (with Janet Currie and Henrik Kleven), AEA Papers and Proceedings, 110, 42-48, 2020 (online appendix/data and code)
The last 40 years have seen huge innovations in computing and in the availability of data. Data derived from millions of administrative records or by using (as we do) new methods of data generation such as text mining are now common. New data often requires new methods, which in turn can inspire new data collection. If history is any guide, some methods will stick and others will prove to be a flash in the pan. However, the larger trends toward demanding greater credibility and transparency from researchers in applied economics and a 'collage' approach to assembling evidence will likely continue.
This paper presents new causal evidence on the “power” of oral contraceptives in shaping women’s lives, leveraging the 1970 liberalization of the Pill for minors in the Netherlands and demand- and supply-side religious preferences that affected Pill take-up. We analyze administrative data to demonstrate that, after Pill liberalization, minors from less conservative areas were more likely to delay fertility/marriage and to accumulate human capital in the long run. We then show how these large effects were eliminated for women facing a higher share of gatekeepers – general practitioners and pharmacists – who were opposed to providing the Pill on religious grounds.
"Biology and the Gender Gap in Educational Performance - The Role of Prenatal Testosterone in Test Scores" (with Anne Gielen) - IZA Discussion Paper No. 11936
Works in Progress
"The Children of the Dutch Pill" (with Olivier Marie)
Publications in Dutch
"Niet de lasten, wel de lusten? Ongelijkheid tussen mannen en vrouwen in de kosten en baten van anticonceptie" (with Wendy Janssens and Nadine Ketel, commissioned by Bureau Clara Wichmann, 22 Augustus 2022)