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Lena Edlund
Associate Professor
Department of Economics
Columbia University · MC 3308
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
le93 [at] columbia [dot] edu

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  • "The Surplus Girls of China and the Kindness of Strangers?"
  • (joint with YuYu Chen, Hongbin Li and Avi Ebenstein)
    Revised and resubmitted Population Studies

  • "Domestic Partnership:What a Difference a Yay Makes"
  • (joint with Lina Alden, Mats Hammarstedt and Mike Mueller Smith)
    R&R Demography

  • "The African Slave Trade and the Curious Case of General Polygyny"
  • (joint with Hyejin Ku)

  • "Beggar-Thy-Women: Foreign Brides and the Domestic Front -- The Case of Taiwan"
  • (joint with Elaine Liu and Jin-Tan Liu)
    In progress

  • "Should I Stay or Should I Go? Single Motherhood Revisited"
  • (joint with Paola Valenti)
    In progress

    Published or Accepted

  • "The Role of Paternity Presumption and Custodial Rights for Understanding Marriage"
  • October 2013, Vol 80, Issue 320, pp 650-669

  • "Son Preference and the Persistence of Culture: Evidence from Asian Immigrants to Canada"
  • (joint with Douglas Almond and Kevin Milligan)
    March 2013 pp. 75-95.
    The Population and Development Review

  • "Sex Ratios and Crime: Evidence from China"
  • (joint with Junjian Yi, Hongbin Li and Junsen Zhang)
    December 2013, Vol. 95, No. 5: 15201534.
    The Review of Economics and Statistics

  • "Chernobyl's subclinical legacy: Prenatal exposure to radioactive fallout and school outcomes in Sweden"
  • (joint with Douglas Almond and Marten Palme)
    November 2009, pp. 1730-1732.
    The Quarterly Journal of Economics
    Earlier versions: NBER Working Paper no. 13347 and Columbia University Working Paper
    Commented on in Viewpoint article: ``Radiation, retardation and the developing brain: time is the crucial variable"
    by Richard S Nowakowski, Nancy L Hayes Acta Paediatrica 2008, May, pages 527–531.
    Popular press: Chemistry World , The Register, New York Times Magazine, Sept. 16, 2007

  • "Son Biased Sex Ratios in the US 2000 Census"
  • (joint with Douglas Almond)
    April 15, 2008 vol. 105, no. 15, pp. 5681-5682.
    Press coverage: NPR -- All Things Considered (interview with Michele Norris),
    (including the New York Times, Herald Tribune, LA Times, Boston Globe),
    Times of India , CBC Canada , Slate, Boston Globe Op-Ed, The Oakland Tribune,
    CNN (video),

  • "Women, Wealth, and Mobility"
  • (joint with Wojciech Kopczuk)
    March 2009, pp. 146-178.
    The American Economic Review

  • "Trivers-Willard at Birth and One Year: Evidence from U.S. Natality Data 1983-2001"
    (joint with Douglas Almond)
    (2007) 274, 2491-2496.
    The Proceedings of the Royal Society: Series B
    Press coverage: Daily Telegraph

  • "Marriage: Past, Present, Future?"
    CESifo Economic Studies December 2006, vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 621-639.

  • "Hermaphroditism: What's not to Like?"
  • (joint with Evelyn Korn)
    7 April 2007, vol. 245, no. 3, pp. 520-527.
    The Journal of Theoretical Biology

  • "Individual vs. Parental Consent in Marriage: Implications for Intra-household Resource Allocation and Growth"
    (Joint with Nippe Lagerlof) Shorter version in
    The American Economic Review, P&P May 2006, vol. 96, no. 2, pp. 304-307.

  • "The Price of Marriage: Net vs. Gross Flows and the South Indian Dowry Debate"
    The Journal of the European Economic Association, P&P April-May 2006, vol. 4, no. 2-3, pp. 542-551.

  • "Sex and the City"
    The Scandinavian Journal of Economics March 2005, vol. 107 issue 1, pp. 25-44.

  • "Unmarried Parenthood and Redistributive Politics" (with Rohini Pande and Laila Haider)
    The Journal of the European Economic Association vol. 3, no. 1 (January 2005), pp. 95-119.

  • "Why have Women Become Left-Wing: the Political Gender Gap and the Decline in Marriage" (with Rohini Pande)
    The Quarterly Journal of Economics August 2002, vol. 117, pp. 917-961.

  • "A Theory of Prostitution" (with Evelyn Korn)
    The Journal of Political Economy February 2002, vol. 110, pp. 181-214.
    Third most downloaded paper September 2002: LogEc
    For a recent write up ABC News (May 2006). Also, see Forbes (Feb 2006), The Idea Shop (May 2004).
    Featured in Economic Intuition, fall 2001; and BusinessWeek, March 11, 2002

  • "Marriage Squeeze Interpretation of Dowry Inflation: A Comment"
    The Journal of Political Economy December 2000, vol. 108, pp. 1327-1333.

  • "Son Preference, Sex Ratios and Marriage Patterns"
    The Journal of Political Economy December 1999, vol. 107, pp. 1275-1304.
    Featured in Economic Intuition, spring 2000.


  • "Son Preference, Sex Selection and Economic Development: Theory and Evidence from South Korea"
  • (joint with Chulhee Lee)
    Columbia University Discussion Paper No.: 0910-04, October 2009.

  • "Marriage and Emancipation in the Age of the Pill"
  • (joint with Cecilia Machado)
    CEPR Discussion Paper No.: 7485, October 2009.

  • "The Wages of Sin"
  • (joint with Joseph Engelberg and Christopher A. Parsons)
    Columbia University Discussion Paper No.: 0809-16, June 4, 2009.

  • "Why are Immature Males and Females So Alike?"
  • "Household Structure and Child Outcomes: Nuclear vs. Extended Families -- Evidence from Bangladesh"
  • (Joint with Aminur Rahman, UCL).

  • "Implications of Marriage Institutions for Redistribution and Growth"
  • (Joint with Nippe Lagerlof) (formerly "Growth: What's Love Got to do with It?").

    Mater semper certa est, pater est, quem nuptiae demonstrant
    Roman dictum