Eric French

Eric French

Senior Economist and Research Advisor

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Eric French is a senior economist and research advisor on the microeconomics team in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. French is on leave teaching at University College London for the 2013-2014 academic year. French provides research and analysis in the areas of econometrics, labor and health economics.


French's research has been published in Econometrica, the Review of Economic Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Handbook of Labor Economics and Journal of Human Resources and is featured in Chicago Fed research publications, including Economic Perspectives and Chicago Fed Letter. He has taught at the Department of Economics and the Business School at Northwestern University.

French received a B.A. in economics from the University of California–Berkeley, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Chicago Fed Letter

Economic Perspectives

Working Papers

Resources for Chicago Fed Letter, August 2013, No. 313

The Spending and Debt Response to Minimum Wage Hikes

With Dan Aaronson and Sumit Agarwal, forthcoming, American Economic Review, based on working paper, No. 2007-23.


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The Effects of Health Insurance and Self-Insurance on Retirement Behavior

With John Bailey Jones, 2011, Econometrica, Vol. 79, No. 3, May, pp. 693–732, based on working paper No. 2001-19.


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Why Do the Elderly Save? The Role of Medical Expenses, previously titled Differential Mortality, Uncertain Medical Expenditures and the Savings of Elderly Singles

With Mariacristina DeNardi and John Bailey Jones, 2010, Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 118, No. 1, February, pp. 37-75. Based on working paper No. 2009-02

On the Distribution and Dynamics of Health Costs

With John Bailey Jones, 2004, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Vol. 19, No. 6, November, pp. 705-721, based on working paper No. 2002-21.

The Effects of Health, Wealth and Wages on Labor Supply and Retirement Behavior

2005, Review of Economic Studies, Vol. 72, No. 2, April. pp. 395-427.

Data and computer codes for the results reported in the paper.


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Differential Mortality, Uncertain Medical Expenses and the Saving of Elderly Singles

Inputs for profiles behind Chicago Fed working paper No. 2005-13.

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