Elizabeth Brainerd

Brandeis University, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor will be a valuable resource for policymakers and scholars alike in providing accessible, yet rigorous, reviews of current research on important policy issues. I am pleased to participate in this important effort

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Susan and Barton Winokur Professor of Economics and Women's and Gender Studies, Brandeis University, USA

Research interest

Labor economics, economic demography, health economics, health and fertility in post-socialist countries

Past positions

Professor of Economics, Williams College, USA


PhD Economics, Harvard University, 1996

Selected publications

  • “Seasonal effects of water quality: The hidden costs of the green revolution to infant and child health in India.” Journal of Development Economics 107 (2014): 49–64 (with N. Menon).

  • “Reassessing the standard of living in the Soviet Union: An analysis using archival and anthropometric data.” The Journal of Economic History 70:1 (2010): 83–117.

  • “Autopsy on an empire: Understanding mortality in Russia and the former Soviet Union.” The Journal of Economic Perspectives 19:1 (2005): 107–130 (with D. M. Cutler).

  • “Importing equality? The impact of globalization on gender discrimination.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 57:4 (2004): 540–559 (with S. E. Black).

  • “Winners and losers in Russia’s economic transition.” American Economic Review 88:5 (1998): 1094–1116.