Heather N. Royer

Assistant Professor of Economics

University of California - Santa Barbara

E-mail: last name “at sign” econ.ucsb.edu


Office Address: 2020 North Hall


Mailing Address: 2127 North Hall

University of California

Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Mail Stop 9210


Fax: (805) 893-8830


Curriculum Vitae


“Letting Down the Team? Evidence of Social Effects of Team Incentives” (With Philip Babcock, Kelly Bedard, Gary Charness, John Hartman) NBER Working Paper #16687, Journal of the European Economic Association, forthcoming.


“Incentives, Commitments and Habit Formation in Exercise: Evidence from a Field Experiment with Workers at a Fortune-500 Company (With Mark Stehr and Justin Sydnor), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2015, 7(3): 51-84.


“The Importance of Parental Knowledge and Social Norms: Evidence from Weight Report Cards in Mexico” (With Silvia Prina) Journal of Health Economics, 2014, 37: 232-247.


"The Effect of Education on Adult Mortality and Health: Evidence from Britain" (With Damon Clark) American Economic Review, 2013, 103(6): 2087-2120.


Intergenerational Effects on Health - In Utero and Early Life” (With Allison Witman) for the Encyclopedia of Health Economics produced by Elsevier.


"Aftershocks: The Impact of Clinic Violence on Abortion Services” (With Mireille Jacobson) American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2011, 3(1): 189-223.


"The Effect of Female Education on Fertility and Infant Health: Evidence from School Entry Policies Using Exact Date of Birth" (With Justin McCrary) American Economic Review, 2011, 101(1): 158-195.


"Separated at Girth: Estimating the Long-Run and Intergenerational Effects of Birthweight using Twins."  American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 1(1): 49-85, 2009.


"Cyclical and Demographic Influences on the Distribution of Income in California," (With Mary C. Daly) Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Economic Review, 2000.


"Can the Famous Really Postpone Death?" (With Gary Smith) Social Biology, vol 45(3-4), 1998.

Working Papers

When Incentives Backfire: Spillover Effects in Food Choice” (With Manuela Angelucci, Silvia Prina, and Anya Samek)

The Impact of Education on Fertility: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from the UK” (With Mike Geruso).


"What All Women (and Some Men) Want to Know: Does Maternal Age Affect Infant Health?"  University of California, Berkeley, Center for Labor Economics Working Paper # 68. 


"The Response to a Loss in Medicaid Eligibility: Pregnant Immigrant Mothers in the Wake of Welfare Reform."

Short Published Essays

With Mary C. Daly and Debbie Reed, "Population Mobility and Income Inequality in California," California Counts, vol 2(4), 2001.

With Mary C. Daly, "Who has Benefited from California's Recovery?" Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Economic Letter,  99-26, September 3, 1999.

With Timothy Cogley, "The Baby Boom, the Baby Bust, and Asset Markets," Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Economic Letter, 98-20, June 26, 1998.

With Timothy Cogley, "Proposals for Reforming Social Security," Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Economic Letter, 97-14, May 9, 1997.


Long Distance Open Water Swimming
    Catalina Channel:  Women's Relay - World Record (1994) and Solo Crossing (1998)
    English Channel Crossing (1999)

    Straits of Gibraltar Crossing (2004)

    Dolphin Club Member since 1996



     Ironman (2010)

Alaska - My Home State
    My Hometown Newspaper: Daily News-Miner

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Updated August 12, 2015