Prof. Martin Karlsson


Prof. Martin Karlsson, Ph.D.

WST-C 09.16
+49 201 18-33716
Consultation Hour:
Wednesday: 10-12 (please arrange an appointment by e-mail)

Curriculum Vitae:

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 (2009-2012), at the University of Oslo (2009-2016) at the University of Oxford (2006-2009) and at Cass Business School in London (2005-2006). Martin received his doctoral degree from the European University Institute in 2007. Beside his work at the Chair of Health Economics, Martin is a Research Fellow of IZA, a Guest Professor at Lund University and Director of CINCH, a national centre for research on health economics. Martin regularly organises international academic conferences on different current topics within health economics, and he participates in various international research collaborations. 

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Fields of Research:

Martin’s research agenda spans a wide range of topics within health economics. His previous work has been devoted to economic aspects of long-term care, to the effect of sick pay on worker absenteeism, and to the relationship between economic inequality and health. In addition, his current work focuses on 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. Martin has published in leading journals such as the the Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Health Economics, The Economic Journal, the Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Applied Econometrics.

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  • Matrin Karlsson with Martin Fischer, Therese Nilsson and Nina Schwarz: The Long-Term Effects of Long Terms – Compulsory Schooling Reforms in Sweden. In: Conditionally accepted, Journal of the European Economic Association (2019). doi:10.4419/86788853 Details
  • Martin Karlsson with Norman Bannenberg and Hendrik Schmitz: The Economics of Long-Term Care. In: Oxford Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance (forthcoming) (2019).
  • Martin Karlsson and Nicolas Ziebarth: Population health effects and health-related costs of extreme temperatures: Comprehensive evidence for Germany. In: Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (2018). doi:10.1016/j.jeem.2018.06.004 Details
  • Martin Karlsson with 27 co-authors from various countries: End-Of-Life Medical Spending in Last Twelve Months is Lower than Previously Reported. In: Health Affairs (2017). doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2017.0174 Details
  • Martin Karlsson with Juan Pablo Atal, Hanming Fang and Nicolas Ziebarth: Exit, Voice or Loyalty? An Investigation into Mandated Portability of Front-Loaded Private Health Plans. In: Forthcoming article in Journal of Risk and Insurance (2017). doi:10.3386/w23468 Details
  • Martin Karlsson, Sonia Bhalotra and Therese Nilsson: Infant Health and Longevity. Evidence from a Historical Trial in Sweden. In: Journal of the European Economic Association (2017). doi:10.1093/jeea/jvw028 Details
  • Martin Karlsson, Tobias Klein and Nicolas Ziebarth: Skewed, Persistent and High before Death: Medical Spending in Germany. In: Fiscal Studies 37:3-4 (2016), p. 527-559. doi:10.1111/j.1475-5890.2016.12108 Details
  • Martin Karlsson and Daniel Avdic: Growth in Earnings and Health: Nothing is as Practical as a Good Theory. In: Review of Income and Wealth (2016). doi:10.1111/roiw.12243 Details
  • Martin Karlsson and Stefan Pichler: Demographic Consequences of HIV. In: Journal of Population Economics, Vol 28 (2015) No 4, p. 1097-1135. doi:10.1007/s00148-015-0547-y Details
  • Martin Karlsson, Therese Nilsson and Stefan Pichler: The Impact of the 1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic on Economic Performance in Sweden. In: Journal of Health Economics, Vol 36 (2014), p. 1-19. doi:10.1016/j.jhealeco.2014.03.005 Details
  • Martin Karlsson and Nicolas Ziebarth: The Effects of Expanding the Generosity of the Statutory Sickness Insurance System. In: Journal of Applied Econometrics, Vol 2014 (2014) No 29(2), p. 208-230. doi:10.1002/jae.2317 Details
  • Martin Karlsson and Florian Klohn: Testing the Red Herring Hypothesis on an Aggregated Level: Ageing, Time-to-Death and Care Costs for Older People in Sweden. In: The European Journal of Health Economics, Vol 2014 (2013) No 15, p. 533-551. doi:10.1007/s10198-013-0493-0 Details
  • Henning Øien, Martin Karlsson and Tor Iversen: The Impact of Financial Incentives on the Composition of Long-term Care in Norway. In: Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Vol 34 (2012) No 2, p. 258-274. doi:10.1093/aepp/pps021 Details
  • Martin Karlsson, Henning Øien and Tor Iversen: Scandinavian Long-Term Care Financing. In: Joan Costa-Font and Christophe Courbage (Ed.): Financing Long-Term Care in Europe. Institutions, Markets and Models.. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, p. 254-278. doi:10.1057/9780230349193_14 Details
  • Martin Karlsson and Florian Klohn: Ageing, Health and Disability: An Economic Perspective. In: Sven Kunisch, Stephan Boehm and Michael Boppel (Ed.): From Grey to Silver. Managing the Demographic Change Successfully. . Springer, 2011, p. 51-67. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-15594-9
  • Martin Karlsson and Nicolas Ziebarth: A Natural Experiment on Sick Pay Cuts, Sickness Absence, and Labor Costs. In: Journal of Public Economics , Vol 94 (2010) No 11-12, p. 1108-1122. doi:10.1016/j.jpubeco.2010.09.001 Details
  • Les Mayhew, Martin Karlsson and Ben Rickayzen: The Role of Private Finance in Paying for Long Term Care. In: The Economic Journal, Vol 120 (2010) No 548, p. 478-504. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0297.2010.02388.x Details
  • Martin Karlsson, Therese Nilsson, Carl Hampus Lyttkens and George Leeson: Income Inequality and Health: Importance of a Cross-Country Perspective. In: Social Science and Medicine , Vol 70 (2010) No 6, p. 875-885. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.10.056 Details
  • Andreas Bergh and Martin Karlsson: Government Size and Growth: Accounting for Economic Freedom and Globalization. In: Public Choice, Vol 142 (2009) No 1, p. 195-213. doi:10.1007/s11127-009-9484-1 Details
  • Jaap Spreeuw and Martin Karlsson: Time Deductibles as Screening Devices: Competitive Markets. In: The Journal of Risk and Insurance , Vol 76 (2009) No 2, p. 261-278. doi:10.1111/j.1539-6975.2009.01298.x Details
  • Martin Karlsson, Les Mayhew and Ben Rickayzen: Individualised Life Tables: Investigating Dynamics of Health, Work and Cohabitation in the UK. In: The Journal of Population Ageing , Vol 1 (2009) No 2, p. 153-191. doi:10.1007/s12062-009-9008-2 Details
  • Martin Karlsson, Les Mayhew and Ben Rickayzen: In Sickness and in Health? Dynamics of Health, Cohabitation in United Kingdom. In: Sandra Dawson and Zoë Slote Morris (Ed.): Future Public Health: Burdens, Challenges and Opportunities. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, p. 155-173. Details
  • Martin Karlsson: Quality Incentives for General Practitioners in a Regulated Market. In: Journal of Health Economics, Vol 26 (2007) No 4, p. 699-720. doi:10.1016/j.jhealeco.2006.12.001 Details
  • Martin Karlsson, Les Mayhew and Ben Rickayzen: Long Term Care Financing in 4 OECD Countries: Fiscal Burden and Distributive Effects. In: Health Policy , Vol 80 (2007) No 1, p. 107-134. doi:10.1016/j.healthpol.2006.02.002 Details
  • Martin Karlsson, Les Mayhew, Ben Rickayzen and Robert Plumb: Future Costs for Long-Term Care: Cost Projections for Long-Term Care for older People in the United Kingdom.. In: Health Policy , Vol 75 (2006) No 2, p. 187-213. doi:10.1016/j.healthpol.2005.03.006 Details
  • Martin Karlsson, Florian Klohn and Ben Rickayzen: The Role of Heterogeneous Parameters for the Detection of Selection in Insurance Contracts. In: Forthcoming article in Insurance Mathematics and Economics .
  • Martin Karlsson, Tor Iversen and Henning Øien: Ageing and Health Care Costs. In: Forthcoming article in Oxford Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance . doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190625979.013.24 Details

Tutored Theses:

  • The Influence on Children's Labor Supply on Prenatal Well-Being (Master Thesis Economics, in process)