Stephen Wu

Publications and Working Papers


Health and Health Status

Adapting to Heart Conditions: A Test of the Hedonic Treadmill, Journal of Health Economics, July 2001
The Effects of Health Events on the Economic Status of Married Couples, Journal of Human Resources, Winter 2003
Sickness and Preventive Medical Behavior, Journal of Health Economics, July 2003
Portfolio Choice and Health Status (with Harvey Rosen), Journal of Financial Economics, June 2004
Is Trade Good for Your Health? (with Ann Owen), Review of International Economics, September 2007
Assessing the Relationship Between Health and Household Portfolio Allocation, Financial Planning Review, December 2021

Subjective Well-Being

Objective Confirmation of Subjective Measures of Human Well-being (with Andrew Oswald), Science, January 2010 (Appendix)
Well Being Across America (with Andrew Oswald), Review of Economics and Statistics, November 2011
The Happiness-Suicide Paradox (with Mary C. Daly, Andrew J. Oswald, and Daniel Wilson), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, December 2011
Social Comparisons and Life Satisfaction across Racial and Ethnic Groups (with Lewis Davis), Social Indicators Research, July 2014
Happiness as a Driver of Risk Avoiding Behavior (with Robert Goudie, Sach Mukherjee, Emmanuel DeNeve, and Andrew J. Oswald), Economica, October 2014
Are Pregnant Women Happier? Racial Differences in the Relationship Between Pregnancy and Life Satisfaction (with Paul Hagstrom), Review of Economics of the Household, September 2016
The Taste for Status in International Comparison (with Lewis Davis), Journal of Happiness Studies, August 2020
The Happiness of Refugees in the United States (with Paul Hagstrom and Javier Pereira), Journal of Refugee Studies, March 2021
Religion and Refugee Well-Being (with Stephen Ellingson, Paul Hagstrom, and Jaime Kucinskas), Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, June 2021
Income Improves Subjective Well-Being: Evidence from South Africa (with Mo Alloush), Economic Development and Cultural Change, January 2023


Higher Education and Academic Labor Markets

Forecasting Job Placements of Economics Graduate Students (with Alan Krueger), Journal of Economic Education, Winter 2000
Where do Faculty Receive their PhDs? A Comparison Across Six Disciplines, Academe, July/August 2005
Recent Publishing Trends at the AER, JPE and QJE, Applied Economics Letters, January 2007
The Search for Economics Talent: Doctoral Completion and Research Productivity (with Wayne Grove), American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, May 2007
Early Decision and College Performance (with Elizabeth Jensen), Economics of Education Review, August 2010
Sharing Common Roots: Student-Graduate Committee Matching and Job Market Outcomes (with Qi Ge), Southern Economic Journal, October 2021
How Do You Say Your Name? Difficult to Pronounce Names and Labor Market Outcomes (with Qi Ge), conditionally accepted at American Economic Journal: Economic Policy

Household and Behavioral Economics

Fatalistic Tendencies: An Explanation of Why People Don’t Save, Contributions to Economic Analysis and Policy, September 2005
Financial Shocks and Worry about the Future (with Ann Owen), Empirical Economics, November 2007
Fatalism and Savings (with Joel Shapiro), Journal of Socio-Economics, October 2011
Priming Past Experiences and Preferences for Redistribution (with Jeffrey Cross and Wei Zhan), forthcoming at Economics Bulletin

Environmental Economics

Identity and Environmentalism: The Influence of Community Characteristics (with Ann Owen and Julio Videras), Review of Social Economy, December 2010
The Influence of Social Relationships on Pro-Environment Behaviors (with Julio Videras, Ann Owen, and Emily Conover), Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, January 2012
More Information Isn’t Always Better: The Case of Voluntary Provision of Environmental Quality (with Ann Owen and Julio Videras), Economic Inquiry, July 2012
Heat Waves, Droughts, and Preferences for Environmental Policy (with Ann Owen, Emily Conover, and Julio Videras), Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Summer 2012



The Effects of Cueing and Framing on Attitudes Towards Gun Control and Gun Rights, Social Sciences, February 2018
Criminal Records and the Labor Market for Professional Athletes: The Case of the National Football League (with Kendall Weir '12), Journal of Sports Economics, December 2014
Leadership Matters: Police Chief Race and Fatal Shootings by Police Officers, Social Science Quarterly, January 2021