Prof. Martin Karlsson, Ph.D.

Martin Karlsson is Professor of Economics of the University of Duisburg-Essen since 2012. Before taking up his current position at the Chair of Health Economics in Essen, Martin has been working at the Technische Universität Darmstadt (2009-12), at the University of Oxford (2006-09) and at Cass Business School in London (2005-06). Martin received his doctoral degree from the European University Institute in 2007. His current research interests include the analysis of information asymmetries in markets for private health insurance; ageing and long-term care; and the impact of early-life health interventions on later-life health and socioeconomic outcomes.

Curriculum Vitae


  • "Infant Health and Longevity. Evidence from a Historical Trial in Sweden." With Bhalotra, S.R. and T. Nilsson (2017). Forthcoming in Journal of the European Economic Association.  
  • "Careful in the Crisis? Determinants of Older People’s Informal Care Receipt in Crisis-Struck European Countries." With Costa-i-Font, J. and Ø. Henning. Health Economics (2016), 25(S2), 25-42. DOI: 10.1002/hec.3385.
  • "Skewed, Persistent and High before Death: Medical Spending in Germany." With Tobias Klein and Nicolas Ziebarth. Fiscal Studies (2016), Vol. 37, pp. 527-559. DOI:10.1111/j.1475-5890.2016.12108.
  • "Growth in Earnings and Health: Nothing is as Practical as a Good Theory." With  Daniel Avdic, Review of Income and Wealth (2016), DOI:10.1111/roiw.12243.
  • “Demographic Consequences of HIV”. With Stefan Pichler, Journal of Population Economics (2015), 28(4), pp. 1097-1135.
  • “The Impact of the 1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic on Economic Performance in Sweden”. With Therese Nilsson and Stefan Pichler, Journal of Health Economics Vol. 36, 2014, pp. 1-19.
  • “The Effects of Expanding the Generosity of the Statutory Sickness Insurance System” With Nicolas Ziebarth. Forthcoming, Journal of Applied Econometrics (2014), 29(2), pp. 208-30.
  • “Testing the red herring hypothesis on an aggregated level: ageing, time-to-death and care costs for older people in Sweden.”. With Florian Klohn. The European Journal of Health Economics 07/2013.
  • “The Impact of Financial Incentives on the Composition of Long-term Care in Norway”. With Henning Øien and Tor Iversen. Appl. Econ. Perspect. Pol. (2012), 34(2), pp. 258-274.
  • “Scandinavian Long-Term Care Financing”. With Henning Øien and Tor Iversen, in Costa-Font and Courbage (eds, 2011), Financing Long-Term Care in Europe. Institutions, Markets and Models. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • “Ageing, Health and Disability: An Economic Perspective”. With Florian Klohn, in Kunisch et al (eds, 2011), From Grey to Silver. Managing the Demographic Change Successfully. Springer.
  • “A Natural Experiment on Sick Pay Cuts, Sickness Absence, and Labor Costs.” With Nicolas Ziebarth. Journal of Public Economics (2010), 94 (11-12), pp. 1108-22.
  • “The Role of Private Finance in Paying for Long Term Care.” With Les Mayhew and Ben Rickayzen. The Economic Journal (2010), 120 (548) F478-F504.
  • “Income Inequality and Health: Importance of a Cross-Country Perspective.” With Therese Nilsson, Carl Hampus Lyttkens and George Leeson. Social Science and Medicine 70 (2010), pp. 875-885.
  • “Government size and growth: accounting for economic freedom and globalization.” With Andreas Bergh. Public Choice (2009), Volume: 142, Issue: 1-2, Pages: 195-213.
  • “Time Deductibles as Screening Devices: Competitive Markets.” With Jaap Spreeuw. The Journal of Risk and Insurance (2009), Vol. 76, Issue 2, pp. 261-278.
  • “Individualised life tables: investigating dynamics of health, work and cohabitation in the UK.” With Les Mayhew and Ben Rickayzen. The Journal of Population Ageing (2009), Vol. 1, pp. 153-91.
  • “In Sickness and in Health? Dynamics of Health, Cohabitation in United Kingdom.” With Les Mayhew and Ben Rickayzen, in Sandra Dawson and Zoë Slote Morris (2008, ed.), Future Public Health: Burdens, Challenges and Opportunities, Cambridge: Palgrave Macmillan
  • “Quality Incentives for General Practitioners in a Regulated Market”. Journal of Health Economics (2007), 26, pp. 699-720.
  • “Long term care financing in 4 OECD countries: fiscal burden and distributive effects.” With Les Mayhew and Ben Rickayzen. Health Policy (2007) 80, pp. 107-34.
  • “Future costs for long-term care: Cost projections for long-term care for older people in the United Kingdom.” With Les Mayhew, Ben Rickayzen and Robert Plumb. Health Policy (2006) 75 (2) 187-213