University of Heidelberg, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Labor economics, public economics, political economy, policy evaluation and applied econometrics
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Academic Advisory Board, German Federal Ministry of the Economy and Technology
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Mannheim, Germany, 2009–2011; Postdoctoral Fellow, PCOR and Department of Economics, Stanford University, USA, 2007–2009; Hoover National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, USA, 2006–2007
PhD Economics, University of Chicago, 2004
“How do electoral systems affect fiscal policy? Evidence from cantonal parliaments, 1890–2000.” Journal of the European Economic Association (JEEA) 11:5 (2013): 1178–1203 (with P. Funk).
“Gorbachev’s anti-alcohol campaign and Russia’s mortality crisis.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 5:2 (2013): 232–260 (with G. Miller and J. Bhattacharya).
“Does direct democracy reduce the size of government? New evidence from historical data, 1890–2000.” Economic Journal 121:557 (2011): 1252–1280 (with P. Funk).
“How general is human capital? A task-based approach.” Journal of Labor Economics 28:1 (2010): 1–50 (with U. Schönberg).
“Effects of enforcement on illegal markets: Evidence from migrant smuggling at the southwestern Border.” Journal of Public Economics 92:10–11 (2008): 1926–1941.
Liberalizing access to citizenship improves the economic and social integration of immigrantsThe perceived lack of economic or social integration by immigrants in their host countries is a key concern in the public debate. Research shows that the option to naturalize has considerable economic and social benefits for eligible immigrants, even in countries with a tradition of restrictive policies. First-generation immigrants who naturalize have higher earnings and more stable jobs. Gains are particularly large for immigrants from poorer countries. Moreover, citizenship encourages additional investment in skills and enables immigrants to postpone marriage and fertility. A key question is: does naturalization promote successful integration or do only those immigrants most willing to integrate actually apply?MoreLess