Petra Persson

Assistant Professor

Petra Persson

Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Humanities and Sciences

Research Interests

  • Family
  • Health
  • Social Insurance

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Economics, Columbia University, 2013
  • MSc in Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, 2006
  • BA in Political Science and Mathematics, Stockholm University, 2005

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Stanford University, 2014–present
  • Post-Doctoral Scholar, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, 2013–2104


Journal Articles

Maria Polyakova, Petra Persson, Katja Hofmann, Anupam B. Jena, Ruth L. Newhouse
The British Medical Journal
December 2020
Petra Persson
Journal of Political Economy
January 2020 Vol. 128 Issue 1
Petra Persson, Maya Rossin-Slater
American Economic Review
April 2018 Vol. 108 Issue 4–5
Petra Persson
Behavioural Public Policy
February 2018 Vol. 2 Issue 1 Pages 1–29
Samuel Lee, Petra Persson
The Review of Financial Studies
September 2016 Vol. 29 Issue 9
Petra Persson, Ekaterina Zhuravskaya
Journal of the European Economic Association
April 2016 Vol. 14 Issue 2 Pages 338–374

Book Chapters

Samuel Lee, Petra Persson
The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Prostitution
2016 Pages 311–331

Working Papers

Petra Persson, Maya Rossin-Slater January 22, 2021
Petra Persson, Xinyao Qiu, Maya Rossin-Slater January 5, 2021
Rebecca Diamond, Michael J. Dickstein, Timothy McQuade, Petra Persson December 14, 2020
Yiqun Chen, Petra Persson, Maria Polyakova February 2019
Samuel Lee, Petra Persson October 2018

Stanford University Affiliations

Service to the Profession

  • Program Committee for the Econometric Society Winter Meetings, Chicago, January 2017
  • Adhoc Reviewer for the National Science Foundation
  • Refereeing: multiple journals

In the Media

Insights by Stanford Business

June 20, 2018
Too many people are strategically dropping their health insurance after getting the care they need.