Dan-Olof Rooth

Dan-Olof Rooth


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Works at Swedish institute for social research
Telephone 08-674 78 33
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 F
Room F 906
Postal address Institutet för social forskning 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am a professor of Economics at SOFI, Stockholm University. My research interests include labor economics, with a special focus on discrimination, health economics and economics of education.


Works in Progress

1. Long-Term Effects of Childhood Nutrition: Evidence from a School Lunch Reform (co-authored with Jesper Alex-Petersen and Petter Lundborg, r&r at ReSTUD)   

2. Field of Study in High School and Career Outcomes for Marginal Students (co-authored with Gordon Dahl and Anders Stenberg)

3. Does integration change gender attitudes? The effect of randomly assigning women to traditionally male teams. (co-authored with Gordon Dahl and Andreas Kotsadam, r&r at QJE)

4. Backlash in attitudes after the election of extreme political parties (co-authored with Magnus Carlsson and Gordon Dahl)


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2018. Prashant Bharadwaj, Petter Lundborg, Dan-Olof Rooth. The Journal of human resources 53 (1), 189-231

    We study the effect of birth weight on long-run outcomes using data on Swedish twins born between 1926 and 1958 linked to administrative records spanning entire life-time labor market histories. We find that birth weight positively affects permanent income and income across large parts of the lifecycle. The timing of the birth weight–income relationship is in line with the role of birth weight in determining takeup of sickness benefits and morbidity. The effect of birth weight on labor market outcomes even for cohorts born 30 years apart are similar; for short run health outcomes, birth weight plays a decreasing role over time.

  • 2018. Magnus Carlsson, Abdulaziz Abrar Reshid, Dan-Olof Rooth. International journal of manpower 39 (4), 534-549

    Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether there is unequal treatment in hiring depending on whether a job applicant signals living in a bad (deprived) neighborhood or in a good (affluent) neighborhood.

    Design/methodology/approach - The authors conducted a field experiment where fictitious job applications were sent to employers with an advertised vacancy. Each job application was randomly assigned a residential address in either a bad or a good neighborhood. The measured outcome is the fraction of invitations for a job interview (the callback rate).

    Findings - The authors find no evidence of general neighborhood signaling effects. However, job applicants with a foreign background have callback rates that are 42 percent lower if they signal living in a bad neighborhood rather than in a good neighborhood. In addition, the authors find that applicants with commuting times longer than 90 minutes have lower callback rates, and this is unrelated to the neighborhood signaling effect.

    Originality/value - Empirical evidence of causal neighborhood effects on labor market outcomes is scant, and causal evidence on the mechanisms involved is even more scant. The paper provides such evidence.

  • 2018. Petter Lundborg, Martin Nordin, Dan Olof Rooth. Journal of Population Economics 31 (4), 1035-1065

    We provide new evidence on some of the mechanisms reflected in the intergenerational transmission of human capital. Applying both an adoption and a twin design to rich data from the Swedish military enlistment, we show that greater parental education increases sons' cognitive and non-cognitive skills, as well as their health. The estimates are in many cases similar across research designs and suggest that a substantial part of the effect of parental education on their young adult children's human capital works through improving their skills and health.

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Last updated: June 10, 2019

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