Fabian Lange

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Labour and Personnel Economics

Department of Economics
McGill University
Leacock Building
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Tel.: 514-398-4400 Ext. 09358
E-Mail: fabian.lange [at] mcgill.ca (Fabian Lange)




After completing his PhD, Dr. Lange subsequently joined the Department of Economics at Yale University as an Assistant Professor. In 2010, he was promoted to Associate Professor at Yale. He joined the economics department at McGill University in 2012. Dr. Lange held visiting positions at the University of Chicago, Oberlin College, and the University of Michigan.
Dr. Lange pursues interests in population and health economics. In population economics, he studied the link between schooling and fertility decisions. He has published work on the trade-offs between increased fertility and education (the quantity-quality model) using data sources from the historical American South. In health economics, he studies the determinants of the socio-economic gradient in health. He asks what role information processing, cognitive ability, and education play in generating socio-economic gradients in health? Further, he develops and estimates models of health dynamics and uses these to study the socio-economic gradient in health.
In labor economics, his research interests concern how workers careers are shaped by processes of information revelation. In particular, he studies the role of employer learning in generating earnings inequality as individuals age. He received the H. G. Lewis prize 2008 and the IZA Young Labor Economist Award for his work in this area. He also studies stigma due to prolonged unemployment and its implications for optimal unemployment insurance schemes.


  1.   Employer Learning and Information over Individual Careers.
  2.   Performance Management Systems.
  3.   Earnings and Skill Inequality.
  4.   Labor Force Dynamics.



PhD in Economics (2004): University of Chicago 

Recent Publications

Performance Evaluations and Careers: Similarities and Differences across Firms., joint joint with Anders Frederiksen and Ben Kriechel, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organizations, Volume 134, February 2018, pages 408-429.

Testing for Changes in the SES-Mortality Gradient When the Distribution of Education Changes Too., joint with Thomas Goldring and Seth Richards-Shubik, Journal of Health Economics  (2016), pp. 120-130.

Long-term Unemployment and the Great Recession: the role of composition, duration dependence, and non-participation., Joint with Kory Kroft, Matthew J. Notowidigdo, and Lawrence F. Katz NBER working paper No. w20273. Published: Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 34, Number S1 Part 2, January (2016), S7-S54.

Learning about Employee and Employer Learning: Dynamics of Performance and Wage Measures, joint with Lisa Kahn, The Review of Economic Studies 81, no. 4 (2014): 1575-1613.

Fertility Transitions Along the Extensive and Intensive Margin, joint with Dan Aaronson and Bhash Mazumder, American Economic Review, Vol. 104, No. 11 (2014), pp 3701-24.
IPUMS USA 2014 Research Award Winner: Best Paper using US data