Sarah Eichmeyer


I'm an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), and I completed my PhD in Economics at Stanford University in January 2021. I am an applied microeconomist who works on topics in public and health economics, and I am interested in questions related to poverty, health, and wellbeing.

My email is You can find my CV here.

I am on the academic job market in the 2021-2022 academic year and am available for virtual interviews at your convenience.

Parenthood in Poverty [JMP] (with Christina Kent)

Abstract: Parenthood has profound effects on the lives of new parents. For low-SES individuals, who might lack resources to weather the disruptions caused by parenthood, non-labor market outcomes (e.g., housing stability) are likely to be as primary a concern as labor market outcomes. In this paper, we provide the most comprehensive and detailed evidence to date of the effects of pregnancy and parenthood on the non-labor-market outcomes of low-SES individuals in the United States. Our data consists of longitudinal, high frequency administrative records from a large urban U.S. county, covering housing, treatment for substance use disorder (SUD), enrollment in government assistance programs, and crime. Using an event study design, we find that new parenthood leads to: i) short-term and long-term changes in the housing environment, including increases in short-term homeless-shelter stays, transition into longer-term homelessness programs, and transition into public housing; ii) an increase in treatment for opioid use disorder; iii) large eligibility-driven increases in use of key government assistance programs for healthcare, food assistance, and cash assistance; iv) large reductions in criminal behavior likely driven at least in part by individuals gaining healthcare coverage. The effects of parenthood are heterogeneous by race and vulnerability to mental health disorders. A battery of robustness checks, including two separate (matched) difference-in-difference analyses, suggest our results are robust to potential endogeneity concerns.

Publications in Economics:

Pathways Into Opioid Addiction: Evidence From Practice Variation in Emergency Departments (with Jonathan Zhang).

Forthcoming, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

The Welfare Effects of Social Media (with Hunt Allcott, Luca Braghieri and Matthew Gentzkow).

American Economic Review, Vol. 110, No. 3, March 2020.

Publications in Health Policy:

Effects of a large-scale social media advertising campaign on holiday travel and COVID-19 infections: a cluster randomized controlled trial (E Breza, F Cody Stanford, M Alsan, B Alsan, A Banerjee, A Chandrasekhar, S Eichmeyer, T Glushko, P Goldsmith-Pinkham, K Holland, E Hoppe, M Karnani, S Liegl, T Loisel, L Ogbu-Nwobodo, B Olken, C Torres, P-L Vautrey, E Warner, S Wootton, E Duflo).

Nature Medicine, August 2021.

Effect of Physician-delivered COVID-19 Public Health Messages and Messages Acknowledging Racial Inequity on Black and White Adults' Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practices Related to COVID-19: A Randomized Clinical Trial (C Torres, L Ogbu-Nwobodo, M Alsan, F Cody Stanford, A Banerjee, E Breza, A Chandrasekhar, S Eichmeyer, M Karnani, T Loisel, P Goldsmith-Pinkham, B Olken, PL Vautrey, E Warner, and E Duflo).

JAMA Network Open, July 2021.

Comparison of Knowledge and Information-Seeking Behavior After General COVID-19 Public Health Messages and Messages Tailored for Black and Latinx Communities (M Alsan, F Cody Stanford, A Banerjee, E Breza, A Chandrasekhar, S Eichmeyer P Goldsmith-Pinkham, L Ogbu-Nwobodo, B Olken, C Torres, A Sankar, PL Vautrey, and E Duflo).

Annals of Internal Medicine, December 2020.

Other Publications:

How to encourage vaccination - ASHEcon Newsletter (2/2021)

Civil liberties during the COVID-19 pandemic - VoxEU (11/2020)

Time off social media may leave you less informed but happier - LSE Business Review (1/2020)