Professor Stephanie von Hinke Kessler Scholder

Professor Stephanie von Hinke Kessler Scholder

Professor Stephanie von Hinke Kessler Scholder
Professor of Economics

The Priory Road Complex, Priory Road, Clifton
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I am the PI on a 5-year European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (2020-2025), and am a Co-PI on a 3-year NORFACE DIAL award (2018-2021). I previously held an MRC Early Career Fellowship in the Economics of Health (2011-2014) at the University of York, and an ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Imperial College London (2009-2011). I am a Research Associate at the Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO, 2009 –), at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS; 2013 –), and have held visiting positions at Cornell, IFS, and VU University Amsterdam.  


My main research interests are in health economics and applied microeconometrics. My research covers two main areas. First, I am interested in the economics of obesity, diet and nutrition, looking at both potential causes and consequences of the recent rise in body weight, as well as at evaluating ways to improve dietary choices. Second, I examine the use of genetic data in economics research. This interdisciplinary work includes policy-relevant applications, looking at genetic and environmental determinants of health and education, as well as methodological research using Mendelian randomization.

Fields of interest

Health economics, Applied Microeconomics

Latest publications

  1. von Hinke, S, Leckie, G & Nicoletti, C, 2019, ‘The Use of Instrumental Variables in Peer Effects Models’. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.
  2. Griffith, R, von Hinke, S & Smith, S, 2018, ‘Getting a healthy start: The effectiveness of targeted benefits for improving dietary choices’. Journal of Health Economics, vol 58., pp. 176-187
  3. von Hinke, S & Leckie, G, 2017, ‘Protecting energy intakes against income shocks’. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol 141., pp. 210-232
  4. van den Berg, GJ, Gerdtham, U, von Hinke, S, Lindeboom, M, Lissdaniels, J, Sundquist, J & Sundquist, K, 2017, ‘Mortality and the business cycle: Evidence from individual and aggregated data’. Journal of Health Economics, vol 56., pp. 61-70
  5. Cawley, J, Dragone, D & Scholder, SvHK, 2016, ‘The Demand for Cigarettes as Derived from the Demand for Weight Control: A theoretical and empirical investigation’. Health Economics, vol 25., pp. 8-23
  6. Scholder, SVHK, Smith, GD, Lawlor, DA, Propper, C & Windmeijer, F, 2016, ‘Genetic markers as instrumental variables’. Journal of Health Economics, vol 45., pp. 131-148
  7. Dixon, P, Smith, GD, von Hinke, S, Davies, N & Hollingworth, W, 2016, ‘Estimating marginal healthcare costs using genetic variants as instrumental variables: Mendelian Randomization in economic evaluation’. PharmacoEconomics, vol 34., pp. 1075-1086
  8. Ratcliffe, A & Scholder, SvHK, 2015, ‘The London Bombings and Racial Prejudice: Evidence from Housing and Labour Markets’. Economic Inquiry, vol 53., pp. 276-293
  9. Davies, NM, Scholder, SVHK, Farbmacher, H, Burgess, S, Windmeijer, F & Smith, GD, 2015, ‘The many weak instruments problem and Mendelian randomization’. Statistics in Medicine, vol 34., pp. 454-468
  10. Scholder, SvHK & Jones, AM, 2015, ‘Cohort Data in Health Economics: Oxford Handbook of Panel Data Econometrics’. in: Oxford Handbook of Panel Data Econometrics. Oxford University Press
  11. Scholder, SvHK, Wehby, GL, Lewis, S & Zuccolo, L, 2014, ‘Alcohol Exposure In Utero and Child Academic Achievement’. Economic Journal, vol 124., pp. 634-667
  12. Scholder, SvHK, 2013, ‘School Meal Crowd Out in the 1980s’. Journal of Health Economics, vol 32., pp. 538-545
  13. Scholder, SMLvHK & Leckie, G, 2013, ‘Income shocks, food expenditures, calorie intake and body weight: A multilevel structural equation modelling analysis’. in: Bulletin of the International Statistical Institute., pp. 1 - 6
  14. Scholder, SMLvHK, Smith, GD, Lawlor, DA, Propper, C & Windmeijer, F, 2013, ‘Child height, health and human capital: Evidence using genetic markers’. European Economic Review, vol 57., pp. 1-22
  15. Wehby, G & Scholder, SvHK, 2013, ‘Genetic Instrumental Variables Studies of Effects of Prenatal Risk Factors’. Biodemography and Social Biology, vol 59., pp. 4
  16. Scholder, SvHK, Smith, GD, Lawlor, DA, Propper, C & Windmeijer, F, 2012, ‘The effect of fat mass on educational attainment: Examining the sensitivity to different identification strategies’. Economics and Human Biology.
  17. Scholder, S, Smith, GD, Lawlor, DA, Propper, C & Windmeijer, F, 2011, ‘Mendelian randomization: the use of genes in instrumental variable analyses’. Health Economics, vol 20., pp. 893-896
  18. Scholder, SvHK, 2011, ‘Social Networks and Health: Models, Methods, and Applications’. International Journal of Epidemiology, vol 40., pp. 1742-1743
  19. Burgess, S, Propper, C, Ratto, M, Scholder, SvHK & Tominey, E, 2010, ‘Smarter Task Assignment or Greater Effort: The Impact of Incentives on Team Performance’. Economic Journal, vol 120 ., pp. 968 - 989
  20. Scholder, SvHK, 2008, ‘Maternal Employment and Overweight Children: Does Timing Matter?’. Health Economics, vol 17., pp. 889-906
  21. Burgess, S, Scholder, SvHK, Propper, C, Ratto, M & Tominey, E, 2005, ‘Evaluation of the Introduction of the Makinson Incentive Scheme in HM Customs and Excise’. HM Customs and Excise

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