Jens Hainmueller

Jens Hainmueller
Professor (by courtesy), Political Economy
Contact Info
Professor of Political Science, School of Humanities and Sciences
Academic Area: 
Political Economy

Research Statement

Jens Hainmueller develops and applies statistical methods to answer questions in a range of social science areas, including politics, economics, and business. He has published over 30 journal articles and has won eight “best of” research awards. He is the faculty director and founder of the Stanford Immigration Policy Lab (IPL). His research team at IPL uses field experiments and quasi-experimental methods to design and evaluate the impact of immigration policies in the U.S. and European countries. He also pursues a research program that examines the viability of private sector initiatives and standards for addressing social and environmental issues in global supply chains. He has also developed statistical methods for conjoint analysis and program evaluation.

Research Interests

  • Political Economy
  • Immigration
  • Global Supply Chains
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Private Governance


Jens Hainmueller is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University.  He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Graduate School of Business. Before moving to Stanford in 2014, he served on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the faculty director and founder of the Stanford Immigration Policy Lab (IPL). He is also a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (Harvard University) and the Stanford Europe Center. He has published over 30 articles, many of them in leading journals general science journals or top field journals in political science, economics, and statistics. He has also published three open source software packages. 

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Harvard University, 2009
  • MPA, Havard University, Kennedy School of Government, 2005
  • MSc, London School of Econimics (with distinction), 2003
  • BA, University of Tuebingen, 2001

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor (with tenure), Department of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012-2013
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009-2012

Professional Experience

  • Statistical consultant, International Finance Corporation, The World Bank Group
  • Statistical consultant, German Federal Labor Market Agency
  • Statistical consultant, German Research Institute for Labor Market Policy

Awards and Honors

  • Andrew Carnegie Fellow 2016-2017. Awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to the country's most creative thinkers to support research on challenges to de
  • Political Analysis Editors' Choice Award, The Society for Political Methodology, 2014
  • Warren Miller Prize, The Society for Political Methodology, 2013
  • Best Paper on the study of Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior, American Political Science Association, 2013
  • Best Paper on the study of Labor in Politics, American Political Science Association, 2012
  • Robert H. Durr Award, Midwest Political Science Association, 2012
  • Senator Charles Sumner Best Dissertation Prize, Harvard University, 2009
  • Robert H. Durr Award, Midwest Political Science Association, 2008
  • Gosnell Prize for Excellence in Political Methodology, The Society for Political Methodology, 2007
  • Awards for Distinguished Teaching, Harvard Bok Center, 2007
  • The Political Methodology Emerging Scholar Award, The Society for Political Methodology, 2014


Journal Articles

Nadwa Mossaad, Jeremy Ferwerda, Duncan Lawrence, Jeremy Weinstein, Jens Hainmueller. Science Advances. August 2020, Vol. 6, Issue 32.
Kirk Bansak, Michael M. Bechtel, Jens Hainmueller, Yotam Margalit. The Journal of Politics. April 2020, Vol. 82, Issue 2, Pages 509–528.
Jens Hainmueller, Dominik Hangartner, Dalston Ward. Science Advances. December 4, 2019, Vol. 5, Issue 12.
Linna Marten, Jens Hainmueller, Dominik Hangartner. National Academy of Sciences. August 31, 2019, Vol. 116, Issue 33, Pages 16280-16285.
Vasil Yasenov, Michael Hotard, Duncan Lawrence, Jens Hainmueller, David Laitin. National Academy of Sciences. August 20, 2019, Vol. 116, Issue 34, Pages 16768-16772.
Michael Hotard, Duncan Lawrence, David Laitin, Jens Hainmueller. Nature Human Behaviour. April 15, 2019, Vol. 3, Pages 678-683.
Jens Hainmueller, Jonas J. Swartz, Duncan Lawrence, Maria I. Rodriguez. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2019, Vol. 23, Issue 2, Pages 173-182.
Niklas Harder, Lucila Figueroa, Rachel Gillum, Dominik Hangartner, David Laitin, Jens Hainmueller. PNAS. October 22, 2018, Vol. 115, Issue 45, Pages 11483-11488.
Nadwa Mossaad, Jeremy Ferwerda, Duncan Lawrence, Jeremy Weinstein, Jens Hainmueller. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. September 11, 2018, Vol. 115, Issue 37, Pages 9175-9180.
Kirk Bansak, Jeremy Ferwerda, Jens Hainmueller, Andrea Dillon, Dominik Hangartner, Duncan Lawrence. Science. January 19, 2018, Vol. 359, Issue 6373, Pages 325-329.
Jens Hainmueller, Duncan Lawrence, Justin Gest, Michael Hotard, Rey Koslowski, David D. Laitin. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. January 16, 2018.
Jens Hainmueller, Duncan Lawrence, Linna Martén, Bernard Black, Lucila Figueroa, Michael Hotard, Tomás R. Jiménez, Fernando Mendoza, Maria I. Rodriguez, Jonas J. Swartz, David D. Laitin. Science. September 8, 2017, Vol. 357, Issue 6355, Pages 1041-1044.
Jeremy Ferwerda, Jens Hainmueller, Chad J. Hazlett. Journal of Statistical Software. July 2017, Vol. 79, Issue 3, Pages 1-26.
Jens Hainmueller, Dominik Hangartner, Giuseppe Pietrantuono. American Political Science Review. May 2017, Vol. 111, Issue 2, Pages 256-276.
Kirk Bansak, Jens Hainmueller, Dominik Hangartner. Science. October 14, 2016, Vol. 354, Issue 6309, Pages 217-222.
Jens Hainmueller, Barbara Hofmann, Gerhard Krug, Katja Wolf. Scandinavian Journal of Economics. October 2016, Vol. 118, Issue 4, Pages 941-974.
Jens Hainmueller, Dominik Hangartner, Duncan Lawrence. Science Advances. August 2016, Vol. 2, Issue 8.
Greg Distelhorst, Jens Hainmueller, Richard Locke. Management Science. March 25, 2016, Vol. 63, Issue 3, Pages 707-728.
Jens Hainmueller, Michael J. Hiscox, Sandra Sequeira. MIT Press Journals. June 24, 2014.

Other Publications

Hans Lueders, Jens Hainmueller, Duncan Lawrence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. April 3, 2017.

Working Papers

The Long-Term Impact of Employment Bans on the Economic Integration of Refugees | PDF
Moritz Marbach, Jens Hainmueller, Dominik Hangartner, November 2017
Beyond the Breaking Point? Survey Satisficing in Conjoint Experiments | PDF
Kirk Bansak, Jens Hainmueller, Daniel J. Hopkins, Teppei Yamamoto, April 262017
Does Lean Improve Labor Standards? Management and Social Performance in the Nike Supply Chain | PDF
Greg Distelhorst, Jens Hainmueller, Richard M. Locke, August 292015

Stanford University Affiliations

Stanford GSB

Greater Stanford University

Service to the Profession

Editorial Board Member

  • American Journal of Political Science, 2014-present
  • Political Analysis, 2014-present
  • Observational Studies, 2014-present
  • Political Science research and Methods, 2013-present
  • Journal fo Casual Inference, 2013-present

In the Media

Boston Globe, December 14, 2011

Insights by Stanford Business

November 22, 2019
When states expand public health insurance to include low-income, legal immigrants, it does not lead to out-of-state immigrants moving in search of benefits.
July 30, 2019
Immigrants are more likely to find jobs within their first five years if they live near people who share their nationality, ethnicity, or language.
June 12, 2019
Nationality, education level, and other factors are linked to resettled refugees’ likelihood of becoming citizens.
January 30, 2018
Stanford scholars develop an algorithm to choose cities for resettlement.
July 3, 2017
Stanford scholars surveyed citizens of 15 European countries and found that they support allocating asylum seekers proportional to each country’s capacity.
April 3, 2017
New research shows a positive safety impact of a California law that gave 800,000 people a license to drive.
February 9, 2017
These rushed executive orders show a gap between the administration’s goals and reality.
December 6, 2016
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October 24, 2016
New research examines the role of wait times on asylum-seekers’ job prospects and ability to integrate.
August 10, 2016
A major sporting goods manufacturer found a surprising way to improve workers’ lives while maximizing productivity.
December 19, 2015
Explore Stanford Business stories from 2015, including pieces on technology, finance, and work-life balance.
October 28, 2015
Naturalized immigrants are more politically engaged and have a greater knowledge about their new country.
April 8, 2015
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