• KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

1. Immigration.
2. Education.
3. Health.
4. Human capital formation.
5. Fertility and birth outcomes.
6. Terrorism and conflict.
7. Economic history.

Personal profile

Research overview

David’s research interests are in applied microeconomics, particularly labour economics, health economics, policy analysis, and applied econometrics.  He has also worked on terrorism and conflict. His work has been published in the American Economic Review, the Review of Economics and Statististics, the Journal of Labor Economics, the Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of the American Statistical Association, among others.

For a complete list of publications, see David's curriculum vita and Google Scholar page.



David Jaeger received his BA in Economics at Williams College (1986), MAs and Economics (1990) and Statistics (1993) from the University of Michigan, and his PhD in Economics at the University of Michigan (1995).  He has held regular faculty positions at Hunter College (CUNY), the College of William and Mary, the University of Cologne, and the CUNY Graduate Center.  He has been a visiting professor at Princeton University and the University of Bonn, among others.  David joined the School of Economics and Finance at St Andrews in January 2020.

David is currently Editor of the Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Editor of the Journal of Comments and Replications in Economics, Associate Editor of the Journal of Wine Economics, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), the Institute for Labor Economics (IZA), the Centre for Economic Studies (CESifo), and the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM).  Before coming to St Andrews he was a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

At St Andrews, David is a member of the Applied Microeconomics Group,  as well as an affiliate of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTV) and the Centre Higher Education Research (CHER).

David's Twitter handle is @DavidAJaeger.

Research interests

Labour economics, health economics, immigration, education, causal inference, conflict and terrorism, economic history.

Teaching activity

EC4424 - Economics of Migration

EC4425 - Econometrics of Impact Evaluation

EC4434 - Personnel Economics

EC5612 - Causal Inference

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Economics, University of Michigan

Award Date: 1 Sept 1995

Master of Arts, Statistics, University of Michigan

Award Date: 1 Jul 1993

Master of Arts, Economics, University of Michigan

Award Date: 1 Sept 1990

Bachelor of Arts, Williams College

Award Date: 1 Jun 1986


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