Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ph.D., Economics, New School for Social Research
Research Interests: Dr. Schmitz's research bridges theory and methods in economics, sociology, and genetic epidemiology to explore ways in which biological predispositions interact with economic and social environments to promote or impede health and social mobility across the lifespan. Her current research examines how economic disadvantage and related social stressors combine with genotype to affect health disparities at older ages; how genetic propensities and educational environment in childhood affect schooling and lifetime earnings; and how occupational characteristics, health, and the decision to retire are associated.
Schmitz, Lauren, Courtney L. McCluney, Amanda Sonnega, and Margaret Hicken. 2019. "Policy Levers May Improve Older Workers' Perceptions of Their Psychosocial Work Environment: Research findings show that workplace policies can play a crucial role in the quality of older worker's health and job longevity." Generations, 43(3): 78-85.
Schmitz, Lauren, Arianna M. Gard, and Erin Bakshis Ware. 2019. "Examining sex differences in pleiotropic effects for depression and smoking using polygenic and gene-region aggregation techniques." American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 180(6): 448-468.
Schmitz, Lauren, and Dalton Conley. 2017. "The effect of Vietnam-era conscription and genetic potential for educational attainment on schooling outcomes." Economics of Education Review, 61: 85-97.
McCluney, Courtney L., Lauren Schmitz, Margaret Hicken, and Amanda Sonnega. 2017. "Structural racism in the workplace: Does perception matter for health inequalities?" Social Science and Medicine, 199: 106-114.
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