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Nicolas R.

Ziebarth

Associate Professor
426 Kennedy Hall
Ithaca, New York
Policy Analysis and Management
Sloan
Cornell Institute for Public Affairs
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Biography

Professor Ziebarth is an international expert on the economics of sick leave. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on paid sick leave in the US and Europe. More generally, Dr. Ziebarth studies the interaction of social security systems with labor markets and population health. Another focus of his work is the driving forces and implications of risky health behavior such as smoking, drinking, or overeating.

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

OVERVIEW CHAPTER
 
Ziebarth, N. R. (2018): "Social Insurance and Health," Baltagi, B. H. and Moscone, F. [Eds.] (2018):  Health Econometrics (Contributions to Economic Analysis - Volume 294), Emerald, 1. Edition, Chapter 3 (pp: 57-84). [available here]
 
I. SICK LEAVE
 
Non-technical non-refereed overview and commentary on US sick pay:
 
Pichler, S. and N. R. Ziebarth (2018): "The Pros and Cons of Sick Pay Schemes: Contagious Presenteeism and Noncontagious Absenteeism Behaviour," VOX CEPR Policy Portal, May 12, 2018
 
Ziebarth, N. R. and A. Sojourner (2016): “The Case for Mandating Paid Sick Leave in Minneapolis,” Star Tribune, April 19, 2016.
 
Refereed publications:
 
Pichler, S. and N. R. Ziebarth (2018): "Labor Market Effects of US Sick Pay Mandates," Journal of Human Resources, forthcoming. [available here]
 
 
Susser, P. and N. R. Ziebarth (2016): "Profiling the United States Sick Leave Landscape: Presenteeism among Females," Health Services Research, 51(6): 2305-2317. 
 
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. 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.  
 
 
II. HEALTH INSURANCE 
 
Lavetti, K., DeLeire, T. and N.R. Ziebarth (2018): "How Do Low-Income Enrollees in the Affordable Care Act Exchanges Respond to Cost-Sharing?," mimeo. 
 
Atal, J. P; Fang, H.; Karlsson, M.;  and N. R. Ziebarth (2018): "Exit, Voice, or Loyalty? An Investigation into Mandated Portability of Front-Loaded Private Health Plans," Journal of Risk & Insurance, forthcoming. [available here]  
 
Bünnings, C., Schmitz, H., Tauchmann, H. and N. R. Ziebarth (2018): "The Role of Prices Relative to Supplemental Benefits and Service Quality in Health Plan Choice," Journal of Risk and 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, 56: 330-351. [available here]  
 
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.
 
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.
 
Ziebarth, N. R. (2010): "Estimating Price Elasticities of Convalescent Care Programmes," The Economic Journal, 120(545): 816-844. Health Economics Science Award 2011 
 
 
III. DISABILITY INSURANCE AND WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS  
 
Guardado, J. R. and N. R. Ziebarth (2019): "Worker Investment in Safety, Workplace Accidents, and Compensating Wage Differentials," International Economic Review, 60(1): 1-23. [free "view only" version 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 (2018): 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]
 
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.
 
 
IV. HEALTH BEHAVIOR 

Jin, L. and N. R. Ziebarth (2018): "Sleep, Health, and Human Capital: Evidence from Daylight Saving Time," revised version based on IZA DP No. 9088, under review. [available here]  
 
Guardado, J. R. and N. R. Ziebarth (2019): "Worker Investment in Safety, Workplace Accidents, and Compensating Wage Differentials," International Economic Review, 60(1): 1-23. [free "view only" version available here]    
 
Ziebarth, N. R. (2018): "Biased Lung Cancer Risk Perceptions: Smokers are Misinformed," Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik (Special Issue: Empirical Health Economics), 238(5): 395–421.
 
Kvasnicka, M., Siedler, T. and N. R. Ziebarth (2018): "The Health Effects of Smoking Bans: Evidence from German Hospitalization Data," Health Economics, forthcoming. [available here]  
 
Ziebarth, N. R. (2018): "Lung Cancer Risk Perception Biases," Preventive Medicine, 110: 16-23.
 
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] Raymond Vernon Memorial Award 2017
 
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
 
V. ENVIRONMENT & POPULATION HEALTH  
 
Jin, L. and N. R. Ziebarth (2018): "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, Revise & Resubmit, Journal of Public Economics. [available here]
 
Karlsson, M. and N. R. Ziebarth. (2018): "Population Health Effects and Health-Related Costs of Extreme Temperatures: Comprehensive Evidence from Germany," Journal of Environmental Economics & Management, 91: 93–117. [available here]  
 
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 
 
 
VI. HEALTH MEASUREMENT, HEALTH INEQUALITY & HEALTH CARE SPENDING  

French, E. , McCauley, J. , Aragon, M., Bakx, P. , Chalkley, M,  Chen, S. H., Christensen, B. J., Chuang, H.,Cote-Sergent, A.,  De Nardi, M., Fan, E., Echevin, D., Geoffard, P.-Y.,  Gastaldi-Ménager, C., Gørtz, M., Ibuka, Y., Jones, J. B.,  Kallestrup-Lamb, M., Karlsson, M., Klein, T. J., de Lagasnerie, G., Michaud, P. , O’Donnell, O., Ohtsu, Y. , Rice, N., Skinner, J. S., van Doorslaer, E., 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.
 
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. 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
MEDIA
 
 
Koch-backed group fights paid sick leave laws as flu sweeps US,” by Renée Feltz, The Guardian, February 11, 2018
 
 
The High Costs of Not Offering Paid Sick Leave,” by Austin Frakt, New York Times, October 31, 2016
 
MORE MEDIA AND MORE PUBLICATIONS
 
 
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  • 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)

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