Christina Gathmann

University of Heidelberg, and IZA, Germany

I am very happy to contribute to this new endeavor. We need to be engaged in policy questions for which World of Labor provides a great opportunity. I hope that many policymakers use World of Labor to stay informed about the latest research on important policy questions and let those guide their decisions

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Research interest

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

Past positions

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

Selected publications

  • “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.