Nicolas R. Ziebarth


Nicolas R. Ziebarth

Assistant Professor
106 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Phone: 607-255-1180 Fax: 607-255-4071
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Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Statement:

Nicolas R. Ziebarth is an Assistant Professor in the Department for Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin), where he graduated in 2011. 

Professor Ziebarth's research is in the field of applied health and labor economics. In particular, he analyzes the interaction of social security systems with labor markets and population health. Another focus of his work is the driving forces and implications of health-related behavior.

Since 2010, research co-authored by Dr. Ziebarth has won seven best paper awards. His PhD thesis on "Sickness Absence and Economic Incentives" was awarded the Upjohn Institute Dissertation Award 2011. 


Ph.D., Economics, TU Berlin/German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), 2011
M.Sc., Economics, Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin), 2006
M.Sc., Business Studies, TU Berlin, 2006
B.Sc., Economics, Humboldt University Berlin (HU Berlin), 2003
B.Sc., Business and Economics Education, HU Berlin, 2003

Courses Taught:
  • PAM 3780: Sick Around the World? Comparing Health Care Systems Around the World (Undergraduate Level)
  • PAM 5570: Health Care Organizations (Sloan MHA Program)
  • PAM 6420: Health Economics II (PhD Program)

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Selected Publications:



Pichler, S. and N. R. Ziebarth (2017): "Labor Market Effects of US Sick Pay Mandates," IZA Discussion Paper No. 9867, Revise & Resubmit, Journal of Human Resources[available here]

Guardado, J. R. and N. R. Ziebarth (2017): "Worker Investment in Safety, Workplace Accidents, and Compensating Wage Differentials," IZA Discussion Paper No. 7428, Revised & Resubmitted, International Economic Review[available here]

Kvasnicka, M., Siedler, T. and N. R. Ziebarth (2016): "Population Health Effects of Smoking Bans," Revise & Resubmit, Health Economics[available here]

Karlsson, M. and N. R. Ziebarth. (2016): "Population Health Effects and Health-Related Costs of Heat Events: Comprehensive Evidence from Germany," Revise & Resubmit, Journal of Environmental Economics & Management[available here]

Jin, L. and N. R. Ziebarth (2017): "Sleep, Health, and Human Capital: Evidence from Daylight Saving Time," revised version based on IZA DP No. 9088, under review. [available here]

Dolan, P., Kavetsos, G., Krekel, C., Mavridis, D., Metcalfe, R., Senik, C., Szymanski, S. and N. R. Ziebarth (2017): "The Host with the Most? The Effects of the Olympic Games on Happiness," CEP Discussion Papers 1441, under review. [available here]



Pichler, S. and N. R. Ziebarth (2017): "The Pros and Cons of Sick Pay Schemes: Testing for Contagious Presenteeism and Noncontagious Absenteeism Behavior," Journal of Public Economics, forthcoming. [available here]

Atal, J. P; Fang, H.; Karlsson, M.;  and N. R. Ziebarth (2017): "Exit, Voice, or Loyalty? An Investigation into Mandated Portability of Front-Loaded Private Health Plans," Journal of Risk & Insurance, forthcoming. [available here]

Pilny, A., Wübker, A., and N. R. Ziebarth (2017): "Introducing Risk Adjustment and Free Health Plan Choice in Employer-Based Health Insurance: Evidence from Germany," Journal of Health Economics, forthcoming. [available here]

Bünnings, C., Schmitz, H., Tauchmann, H. and N. R. Ziebarth (2017): "The Role of Prices Relative to Supplemental Benefits and Service Quality in Health Plan Choice," Journal of Risk and Insurance, forthcoming. [available here]

Rozema, K., and N. R. Ziebarth (2017): "Taxing Consumption and the Take-Up of Public Assistance: The Case of Cigarette Taxes and Food Stamps," Journal of Law and Economics, 60(1): 1-27. [available here]

Jones, L. E., and N. R. Ziebarth (2017): "US Child Safety Seat Laws: Are They Effective, and Who Complies?"
Journal of Policy Analysis & Management, 36(3), 584–607. [available here] 

Dragone, D., and N. R. Ziebarth (2017): "Non-Separable Time Preferences, Novelty Consumption, and Body Weight: Theory and Evidence from the East German Transition to Capitalism," Journal of Health Economics, 51: 41-65. 

Schmitz, H., and N. R. Ziebarth (2017): "Does Price Framing Affect the Consumer Price Sensitivity of Health Plan Choice?" Journal of Human Resources, 52(1): 89-128.

Karlsson, M., Klein, T. and N. R. Ziebarth (2016): "Skewed, Persistent and High before Death: Medical Spending in Germany," Fiscal Studies (Special Issue: Medical Spending around the Developed World), 37(3-4): 527-559. 

Jones, L. E. and N. R. Ziebarth (2016): "Successful Scientific Replication and Extension of Levitt (2008): Child Seats Are Still No Safer than Seat Belts," Journal of Applied Econometrics, 31(5): 920-928.

Göbel, J., Krekel, C., Tiefenbach, T. and N. R. Ziebarth (2015): "How Natural Disasters Can Affect Environmental Concerns, Risk Aversion, and Even Politics: Evidence from Fukushima and Three European Countries," 
Journal of Population Economics, 28(4): 1137-1180. 
FEEM Award 2014 by the European Economic Association

Ziebarth, N. R. and M. Karlsson (2014): "The Effects of Expanding the Generosity of the Statutory Sickness Insurance System,Journal of Applied Econometrics, 29(2): 208-230. 

Ziebarth, N. R. (2013): "Long-Term Absenteeism and Moral Hazard – Evidence from a Natural Experiment,"
Labour Economics
, 42: 277-292.

Ziebarth, N. R. (2010): "Estimating Price Elasticities of Convalescent Care Programmes,"
The Economic Journal, 120(545): 816-844. German Health Economics Science Award 2011 

Ziebarth, N. R. and M. Karlsson (2010): "A Natural Experiment on Sick Pay Cuts, Sickness Absence, and Labor Costs," 
Journal of Public Economics, 94(11-12): 1108-1122.



E. French, J. McCauley, M. Aragon, P. Bakx, Martin Chalkley, S. Chen, B. J. Christensen, H. Chuang, A. Cote-Sergent, M. De Nardi, D. Echevin E. Fan,  P. Geoffard, C. Gastaldi-Ménager, M. Gørtz,  Y. Ibuka, N. Izumida, J. B. Jones, M. Kallestrup-Lamb, M. Karlsson, T. J. Klein, G. de Lagasnerie, P. Michaud, O. O’Donnell, Y. Ohtsu,  N. Rice, J. Skinner, E. van Doorslaer,  Ziebarth, N. R. and E. Kelly (2017): "Data from the US and Eight other Developed Countries Show that End-of-Life Medical Spending is Lower than Previously Reported," Health Affairs, 36(7): 1211-1217.

Susser, P. and N. R. Ziebarth (2016): "Profiling the United States Sick Leave Landscape: Presenteeism among Females," Health Services Research, 51(6): 2305-2317. 

Burkhauser, R. V, Daly, M. C. and N. R. Ziebarth (2016): "Protecting Working-Age People with Disabilities: Experiences of Four Industrialized Nations," Journal of Labour Market Research (Zeitschrift f. Arbeitsmarktforschung), 49(4): 367-386.

Wagner, G. G. and N. R. Ziebarth (2016): "Inevitable? Doping Attitudes among Berliners in 2011: The Role of Socialist State Socialisation and Athlete Experience," European Journal of Public Health, 26(3): 520-522.

Eibich, P. and N. R. Ziebarth (2014): “Examining the Structure of Spatial Health Effects using Hierarchical Bayes Models,” Regional Science and Urban Economics (Special Issue: Spatial Health Econometrics), 49: 305-320. Small Area Variation Health Services Research Award 2015 

Eibich, P. and N. R. Ziebarth (2014): "Analyzing Regional Variation in Health Care Utilization Using (Rich) Household Microdata," Health Policy, (Special Issue: Geographic Variation in Health Care: 40 Years of Small-Area Variations), 114(1): 41-53.

Ziebarth, N. R. (2014): "Assessing the Effectiveness of Health Care Cost Containment Measures: Evidence from the Market for Rehabilitation Care," International Journal of Health Economics & Management, 14(1): 41-67.

Frick, J. R. and N. R. Ziebarth (2013): "Welfare-Related Health Inequalities: Does the Choice of Measure Matter?"
European Journal of Health Economics
, 14(3): 431-442.

Ziebarth, N. R. (2010): "Measurement of Health, Health Inequality, and Reporting Heterogeneity,"
Social Science & Medicine
, 71(1): 116-124.

Ziebarth, N. R. and M. M. Grabka (2009): "In Vino Pecunia? The Association Between Beverage-Specific Drinking Behavior and Wages," Journal of Labor Research, 30(3): 219-244.



Ziebarth, N. R. (2017): "Social Insurance and Health," Baltagi, B. H. and Moscone, F. [Eds.] (2017):  Health Econometrics in Contributions to Economic Analysis, Elsevier, 1.Edition, Chapter X, forthcoming. [available here]

McVicar, D., Wilkins, R. and N.R. Ziebarth: "Four Decades of Disability Benefit Policies and the Rise and Fall of Disability Recipiency Rates in Five OECD Countries," In: Besharov, D. and D. Call (2017): Labor Activation in a Time of High Unemployment: Encouraging Work while Preserving the Social Safety Net, Oxford University Press, 1. Edition, Chapter 7, forthcoming. [available here]


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Selected Keywords:
health economics, labor economics, applied econometrics

The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.