Mathias works at DIW


My name is Mathias Huebener. I am a post doctoral research associate in DIW's Education and Family Department, a research affiliate at IZA, and a member of the Berlin Economics Research Associates Network (BERA). I am also a Fellow of the College for Interdisciplinary Educational Research (CIDER) and a member of the Education Economics Committee of the German Economic Association (Bildungsökonomischer Ausschuss des Vereins für Socialpolitik). My main research interests are in the Economics of Human Capital Formation and the role of public policies therein (education, family and health). I received my PhD from the Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with DIW's Graduate Center.


Research - Working Papers

The Effects of Education on Health: An Intergenerational Perspective
This paper presents evidence of substantial causal effects of parental education on children’s health behaviours and long-term health. We study intergenerational effects of a compulsory schooling increase in Germany after World War II, which was implemented across federal states at different points in time. Maternal schooling reduces children’s smoking and overweight in adolescence. The effects persist into children’s adulthood, reducing chronic conditions that often result from unhealthy lifestyles. We find no effects of paternal education. Children’s peer environment early in life and increased investments in their education are possible effect channels. The intergenerational effects exceed the direct effects on health.