Uwe Sunde What Role Does Life Expectancy Play for the Economic Development of Countries?

Uwe Sunde is Professor of Population Economics at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich with research interests including long-term development and behavioral economics. Before joining the LMU, he has held the position of Director at the Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research and was Professor of macroeconomics at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. In 2015, he received the Gossen Prize which is awarded annually to a German-speaking economist whose strong research gained international recognition. 

Area of Research

Long-Term Development and Growth, Political Economy, Labor Economics, Population Economics, Behavioral Economics

Matteo Cervellati and Uwe Sunde. "Life Expectancy, Schooling, and Lifetime Labor Supply: Theory and Evidence Revisited." Econometrica 81 (2013): 2055-2086.  
Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman and Uwe Sunde. "The Intergenerational Transmission of Risk and Trust Attitudes." Review of Economic Studies 79 (2012): 645-677.  
Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman and Uwe Sunde. "Are Risk Aversion and Impatience Related to Cognitive Ability?" American Economic Review 100 (2010): 1238-1260.  
Matteo Cervellati, Piergiuseppe Fortunato and Uwe Sunde. "Hobbes to Rousseau: Inequality, Institutions and Development." Economic Journal 118 (2008): 1354-1384.  
Matteo Cervellati and Uwe Sunde. "Human Capital Formation, Life Expectancy, and the Process of Development." American Economic Review 95 (2005): 1653-1672.  

since 2012

Professor of Economics

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Department of Economics

2014-2015

Senior Researcher in Residence

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Center for Advanced Studies

2008-2012

Professor of Macroeconomics

University of St. Gallen (Universität St. Gallen)

Director of the Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research (SEW-HSG)

2003-2008

Research Associate

Institute for the Study of Labor, Bonn

2003-2008

Postdoctoral Researcher

Bonn Graduate School of Economics

2001-2003

European Doctoral Program

University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)

1999-2000

European Doctoral Program

Pompeu Fabra University (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

1998-1999

European Doctoral Program

University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)

2008

Habilitation

University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)

2003

PhD in Economics

University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)

1998

Diploma in Economics

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics

American Economic Review

Applied Economics Quarterly

B.E. Journals

Canadian Journal of Economics

Demographic Research

Demography

Econometrica

Economic Inquiry

Economic Journal

Economic Theory

Economics Bulletin

European Economic Review

Games and Economic Behavior

German Economic Review

Health Economics

International Economic Review

Journal of Applied Econometrics

Journal of Economic Growth

Journal of Economics

Journal of Economic Theory

Journal of the European Economic Association

Journal of Health Economics

Journal of Labor Economics

Journal of Money

Credit and Banking

Journal of Political Economy

Journal of Population Economics

Journal of Public Economics

Journal of Public Economic Theory

Journal of the Economics of Aging

Labour

Labour Economics

Macroeconomic Dynamics

Manchester School Mathematical Population Studies

Quarterly Journal of Economics

Research in Labor Economics

Review of Economics and Statistics

Review of Economic Dynamics

Review of Economic Studies

Scandinavian Journal of Economics

Prizes

Gossen-Preis, German Economic Association (2015)

Best Paper Award 2014 for “Life Expectancy, Schooling, and Lifetime Labor Supply: Theory and Evidence Revisited” (joint with Matteo Cervellati) for Category “Health Economics”, Fondazione Farmafactoring-AIES (2014)

“Alumni-Preis für junge Volkswirte”, Prize for Best Diploma in Economics (1998)

Fellowships

Member of the Survey Committee (Vice Chair), German Socio- Economic Panel (SOEP) (since 2015)

Member of the Extended Board of the Verein für Sozialpolitik, Organizer of the Scientific Program of the Annual Conference 2016 (2015-2016)

Member of the Council for Macroeconomics, Verein für Sozialpolitik (since 2011)

Member of the Executive Board of the European Association of Labour Economists (EALE) (since 2010)

Member of the Program Committee, Master's Programs in Economics, University of St.Gallen (2008-2012)

Member of Program Committee the Annual Meeting of the European Society of Population Economics (2012, 2013, 2014)

Member of Program Committee the Annual Meeting of the European Association of Labor Economists (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

Member of Program Committee for Annual Meeting of the German Economic Association (Verein für Socialpolitik) (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)

Member of Program Committee for the European Economic Association Meetings (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

Member of the Council for Population Economics, Verein für Sozialpolitik (since 2007)

Member of Program Committee for Spring Meeting of Young Economists (2005)

Member of Program Committee for the Econometric Society European Meetings (2004)

Referee for German Science Foundation (DFG)

Referee for Leibniz Gemeinschaft

Referee for Swiss National Fund for Research (SNF)

Referee for National Science Foundation (NSF)

Referee for Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Referee for Agence Nationale de Recherche France (ANR)

Referee for European Research Council (ERC)

The findings on the relation between economic development and life expectancy at birth have long been contradictory. In the theoretical model and data analysis presented in this video it is shown that prolongation of life expectancy is a turning point for economic development: As UWE SUNDE explains, the effect of life expectancy on income is negative before the transition to low birth and death rates, and positive afterwards. The findings show that investments in health are crucial to trigger the development of countries.

LT Video Publication DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10162

The Economic and Demographic Transition, Mortality, and Comparative Development

  • Matteo Cervellati and Uwe Sunde
  • American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics
  • Published in 2015

Chicago

Matteo Cervellati and Uwe Sunde. "The Economic and Demographic Transition, Mortality, and Comparative Development." American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics 7 (2015): 189-225.

Life Expectancy and Economic Growth: The Role of the Demographic Transition

  • Matteo Cervellati and Uwe Sunde
  • Journal of Economic Growth
  • Published in 2011

Chicago

Matteo Cervellati and Uwe Sunde. "Life Expectancy and Economic Growth: The Role of the Demographic Transition." Journal of Economic Growth 16 (2011): 99-133.