Clemens Noelke


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Office: Heller-Brown Building 353
Phone: 781 736 8748
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Social Stratification/Inequality, Social Policy, Population Health, Quantitative Methods


  • University of Mannheim
  • University of Mannheim
  • Jacobs University Bremen

Clemens Noelke



Clemens Noelke is a Research Scientist and Research Director for the 2.0 project at the Institute for Child Youth and Family Policy (ICYFP) at the Heller School for Social Policy and Administration, Brandeis University. Prior to joining ICYFP, Clemens was David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Mannheim, Germany. His doctoral thesis examined determinants of youth unemployment in Eastern and Western Europe, focusing on the causal effects of education systems and employment protection legislation. His post-doctoral work focused on the impact of recessions and job loss on cardiovascular disease and mortality, and the impact of global warming on emotional well-being. Clemens has published in leading social science journals, such as American Journal of Epidemiology, Health Affairs, American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, European Sociological Review and Environmental Research. His current research examines causes of racial/ethnic inequities in birth outcomes, explores the use of machine learning to predict infant mortality and examines the transmission of wage shocks in low wage labor markets. He has lead the development of the Child Opportunity Index 2.0.


  • Acevedo-Garcia, Dolores, Clemens Noelke, Nancy McArdle, Nomi Sofer, Erin F. Hardy, Michelle Weiner, Mikyung Baek, Nick Huntington, Rebecca Huber, and Jason Reece. "Racial and Ethnic Inequities In Children’s Neighborhoods: Evidence From The New Child Opportunity Index 2.0." Health Affairs 39. 10 (2021): 1693–1701.
  • Noelke, Clemens. "Infant Mortality Prediction using Birth Certificate Data." Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery. (2021).
  • Acevedo-Garcia, Dolores, Clemens Noelke, and Nancy McArdle. "The Geography of Child Opportunity: Why Neighborhoods Matter for Equity – First Findings from the Child Opportunity Index 2.0." (2020)
  • Noelke, Clemens, Nancy McArdle, Mikyung Baek, Nick Huntington, Rebecca Huber, Erin Hardy, Dolores Acevedo-Garcia. "Child Opportunity Index 2.0 Technical Documentation." (2020)
  • Noelke, Clemens, Yu-Han Chen, Theresa L Osypuk, and Dolores Acevedo-Garcia. "Economic Downturns and Inequities in Birth Outcomes: Evidence from 149 Million US Births." American Journal of Epidemiology 188. 6 (2019): 1092–1100.
  • Noelke, Clemens and Jason Beckfield. "Job security provisions and work hours." Acta Sociologica 60. 3 (2017): 246-261.
  • Noelke, Clemens, Mark McGovern, Daniel Corsi, Marcia Jimenez, Ari Stern, Ian Sue Wing and Lisa Berkman. "Increasing ambient temperature reduces emotional well-being." Environmental Research 151. November 2016 (2016): 124-129.
  • Noelke, Clemens. "Employment Protection Legislation and the Youth Labor Market." European Sociological Review 32. 4 (2016): 471-485.