Linna Martén

Researcher at the Swedish Institute for Social Research at Stockholm University. I am affiliated with Uppsala Immigration Lab and Stanford Immigration Policy Lab. You can reach me at



Politicians’ Neighborhoods: Where do they Live and does it Matter? (with O. Folke, J. Rickne and M. Dahlberg), conditionally accepted Journal of Politics

Local Policing and the Educational Outcomes of Undocumented College Students (with N. Harder, A. Hsin, and J. Legewie), forthcoming Sociological Science

Ethnic networks can foster the economic integration of refugees (with J. Hainmueller and D. Hangartner), 2019, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 116 (33), pp. 16280-16285

Media coverage: Forbes, Sveriges Radio,

Demand for Redistribution: Individuals' Response to Economic Setbacks, 2019, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 121 (1), pp. 225-242

Protecting Unauthorized Immigrant Mothers Improves their Childrens' Mental Health (with J. Hainmueller, D. Lawrence, B. Black, L. Figueroa, M. Hotard, T. R. Jiménez, D. D. Laitin, F. Mendoza, M. I. Rodriguez, J. J. Swartz), 2017, Science, Vol. 357(6355), pp. 1041-1044

Media coverage: Washington Post, Huffington Post, Reuters, Vox, Verge, Yahoo News, Newsweek


Political Bias in Court? Lay Judges and Asylum Appeals

Media coverage: Sveriges Radio, Dagens Nyheter, Dagens Nyheter (editorial), Aftonbladet, Uppsala Nya Tidning, SVT, Metro, Dagens Juridik

Who recovers from a Job Loss? The Importance of Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills (with M. Dahlberg and B. Öckert)

Voluntary Return of Refugees: Policies and Financial Incentives (with H. Andersson and K. Jutvik)

Long Term Effects of the Introduction Program for Refugees (with Lillit Ottosson and Cristina Bratu)

Optimizing Placement to Improve Refugees' Outcomes (with K. Bansak)

Temporary or Permanent Residence Permit: Effects on Refugees' Integration Outcomes


The little-known benefit of DACA: It reduced mental illness in dreamers’ children (with D. Laitin and J. Hainmueller), Monkey Cage, Washington Post, September 6, 2017


Evaluating the impact of asylum policies on refugees’ short and long-run integration, the Swedish Research Council, 2017 (PI)

Refugees, asylum policies, and health, FORTE, 2018 (PI)

Effects of Stop-and-Frisk Policing on the Educational Outcomes of the Undocumented Youth, Russel Sage Foundation, 2019 (PI Joscha Legewie)

A Fresh Start? Understanding the Consequences of Debt Relief, 2020, Handelsbanken (PI Luca Repetto)

Voluntary return of refugees: Policies and financial incentives, 2020, Handelsbanken (PI)

Who gets asylum? The impact of traits and biases on bureaucrats' decision making, 2020, Formas (PI Henrik Andersson)