Matthias Doepke

Northwestern University, USA, and IZA, Germany

Our research reaches across disciplines and is policy relevant; the World of Labor provides a great opportunity to connect with a wider audience in other academic fields and the policy arena

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Northwestern University, USA

Research interest

Economic growth and development, political economy, macroeconomics, and monetary economics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, USA

Past positions

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Northwestern University (2008–2012); Associate Professor, Department of Economics, UCLA (2006–2009); Affiliate Professor, University of Munich (2008–2011)


PhD in Economics, University of Chicago, 2000

Selected publications

  • Love Money, and Parenting: How Economics Explains the Way We Raise Our Kids. Princeton University Press, 2019 (with F. Zilibotti).

  • “The impact of Covid-19 on gender equality.” Covid Economics: Vetted and Real-Time Papers 4 (2020): 62–85 (with T. Alon, J. Omstead-Rumsey, and M. Tertilt).

  • “Does female empowerment promote economic development?” Journal of Economic Growth 24:4 (2019): 309–343 (With M. Tertilt).

  • “Bargaining over babies: Theory, evidence, and policy implications.” American Economic Review 109:9 (2019): 3264–3306 (with F. Kindermann).

  • “The economics of parenting.” Annual Review of Economics 11 (2019): 55–84 (with G. Sorrenti and F. Zilibotti).