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[Photo: Johannes SPINNEWIJN] Dr Johannes SPINNEWIJN
Lecturer in Economics; EOPP Associate; CEP Associate - Labour Markets
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7022
Email: j.spinnewijn@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: 32L 3.24  

Curriculum Vitae PDF 

Expertise: Public Economics, Behavioral Economics, Applied Theory

Biography:

Johannes Spinnewijn joined the London School of Economics in 2009 as Lecturer at the Department of Economics and a member of the CEP and STICERD. Prior to joining LSE, he completed his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work is on various topics in public economics including social insurance and tax design. Some of his work is at the intersection of Public Economics and Behavioral Economics, analysing optimal policy design when people are subject to behavioural biases. In particular, he has been studying biases in job seekers’ perceptions of employment prospects and evaluating the role of information frictions for interventions in the health insurance market. In ongoing work he tries to shed light on the optimal timing of unemployment benefits, linking theory to the data. Johannes teaches and advises students in public economics in the PhD, MSc and MPA program at LSE.

Current Areas of Research:

- Heterogeneous Risk Perceptions in Insurance Markets: Welfare and Identification

- Job Seekers' Perceptions and the Optimal Design of Unemployment Policy

- Taxation in Developing Countries

Education:

  • PhD in Economics, MIT 2009
  • MA in Economics, ULB 2004
  • BA in Economics, KULeuven 2003

Awards:

  • Austin Robinson Memorial Prize
  • Distinguished CESifo Affiliate Award
  • W.E. Upjohn Institute Dissertation Award

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

  • CEPR - Research Associate
  • STICERD - Member
  • IFS - Research Associate

Selected Publications:

CEP Publications

Public Economics Programme Discussion Paper
Risk-based Selection in Unemployment Insurance: Evidence and Implications Camille Landais, Arash Nekoei, Peter Nilsson, David Seim and Johannes Spinnewijn
October 2017
Paper No' PEP 33:
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JEL Classification: H40; J65


Tags: adverse selection; unemployment insurance; mandate; subsidy

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CEP Discussion Paper
Risk-Based Selection in Unemployment Insurance: Evidence and Implications Camille Landais, Arash Nekoei, Peter Nilsson, David Seim and Johannes Spinnewijn
October 2017
Paper No' CEPDP1503:
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JEL Classification: H40; J65


Tags: adverse selection; unemployment insurance; mandate; subsidy

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CEP Discussion Paper
Information Frictions and Adverse Selection: Policy Interventions in Health Insurance Markets Benjamin R. Handel, Jonathan T. Kolstad and Johannes Spinnewijn
November 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1390:
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JEL Classification: D80; I13


Tags: information frictions; adverse selection; policy interventions

Public Economics Programme Discussion Paper
The Optimal Timing of Unemployment Benefits: Theory and Evidence from Sweden J. Kolsrud, Camille Landais, P. Nilsson and Johannes Spinnewijn
July 2015
Paper No' PEP 25:
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JEL Classification: H20;J64


Tags: unemployment; dynamic policy; sufficient statistics; consumption smoothing

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CEP Discussion Paper
The Optimal Timing of UI Benefits: Theory and Evidence from Sweden Jonas Kolsrud, Camille Landais, Peter Nilsson and Johannes Spinnewijn
July 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1361:
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JEL Classification: H20; J64


Tags: unemployment; dynamic policy; sufficient statistics; consumption smoothing

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CEP Discussion Paper
Heterogeneity, Demand for Insurance and Adverse Selection Johannes Spinnewijn
May 2012
Paper No' CEPDP1142:
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JEL Classification: D60; D82; D83; G28


Tags: heterogeneity; adverse selection; risk perceptions; welfare and policy