Petra Persson

Petra Persson
Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Humanities and Sciences

Research Statement

Petra Persson is an applied micro economist working in the intersection of public and labor economics. Her research agenda centers on social insurance and family structure, and explores the interaction between government-provided insurance and intra-family insurance.

Research Interests

  • Social Insurance
  • Family Structure

Bio

Petra Persson is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Stanford’s Department of Economics, where she teaches in the PhD program. She is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and at the Stanford Center for International Development, and a Research Affiliate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Her research agenda centers on social insurance and family structure, and explores the interaction between government-provided insurance and intra-family insurance. Petra Persson was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research from 2013 to 2014, and a Predoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Women and Public Policy Program from 2012 to 2013. She earned her PhD in Economics from Columbia University in 2013, her MSc in Economics from Stockholm School of Economics in 2006, and her BA in Political Science and Mathematics from Stockholm University in 2005.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Economics, Columbia University, 2013
  • MA, Economics, Columbia University, 2010
  • M.Sc. Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, 2006
  • BA, Political Science & Mathematics, Stockholm University, 2005

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Stanford University, 2014-present
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), 2013-2014
  • Predoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Women and Public Policy Program, 2012-2013

Professional Experience

  • Goldman Sachs, Analyst (Fixed Income), 2005

Teaching

Degree Courses

2017-18

The course covers various topics relating to social insurance. The first half of the course covers the rationale for government interventions into private insurance markets, adverse selection, social insurance design and the intersection between...

2016-17

The course covers various topics relating to social insurance. The first half of the course covers the rationale for government interventions into private insurance markets, adverse selection, social insurance design and the intersection between...

Service to the Profession

  • Program Committee for the Econometric Society Winter Meetings, Chicago, January 2017
  • Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research, Public Economics, 2016
  • Research Affiliate, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Public Economics, 2015
  • Research Affiliate, Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market Policy (IFAU), Uppsala, 2014
  • Research Affiliate, Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Stockholm, 2012

In the Media

The Atlantic, April 27, 2017
The Washington Post, May 24, 2016
Dagens Industri, May 16, 2016