Laura Argys

University of Colorado Denver, USA, and IZA, Germany

World of Labor provides policymakers and researchers access to important research to inform current policy debates. I am very pleased to be part of such an innovative initiative

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Full Professor, Department of Economics, University of Colorado Denver (2006–); Associate Dean for Research

Research interest

Economic demography, health economics, labor economics


PhD Economics, University of Colorado-Boulder, 1993

Selected publications

  • “Immigrants, wages and obesity.” In: Zimmermann, K. F., and A. Constant (eds). International Handbook on the Economics of Migration. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2013; Ch. 13 (with S. L. Averett and J. Kohn).

  • “The links between nonmarital births and poverty.” In: Rycroft, R. (ed.). The Economics of Inequality, Poverty and Discrimination in the 21st Century. Santa Barbara, CA: ABL-CLIO-Praeger Press, 2013; Ch. 23 (with S. L. Averett).

  • “Immigration, obesity and labor market outcomes in the UK.” IZA Journal of Migration 1:1 (2012) (with S. L. Averett and J. Kohn).

  • “For better or worse: Relationship status and body mass index.” Economics and Human Biology 6:3 (2008): 330–349 (with S. L. Averett and A. Sikora).

  • “Searching for peer group effects: A test of the contagion hypothesis.” Review of Economics and Statistics 90:3 (2008): 442–458 (with D. I. Rees).