You can download my full CV as a pdf here.

Current Position and Affiliations

  • Full Professor of Empirical Economics (since 10/2011)
    Chair of Empirical Economics, Potsdam University, Germany
  • Program Director Research Area „Evaluation of Labor Market Programs“ (since 10/2011)
    Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany
  • Research Fellow (since 11/2012)
    German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin, Germany
  • Research Fellow (since 08/2005)
    Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg, Germany

  • 05/2000-04/2005: PhD in Economics (summa cum laude)
    J.W.Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 10/1994-04/2000: Diplom-Volkswirt (equiv. M.A. Economics), Grade: 1.4
    J.W.Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 10/1997-06/1998: Undergraduate Studies in Economics
    University of Manchester, England
  • 10/1994-09/1997: Undergraduate Studies in Economics
    J.W.Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
Professional Career

  • 02/2009-09/2011: Director of Research
    Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany
  • 08/2007-01/2009: Senior Research Associate
    Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany
  • 05/2007-01/2009: Deputy Program Director for the Area: Evaluation of Labour Market Programs
    Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany
  • 01/2005-07/2007: Senior Research Associate
    German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin, Germany
  • 05/2000-12/2004: Research Associate
    J.W.Goethe University, Institute of Statistics and Econometrics, Frankfurt, Germany
Selected Research Projects (Project Leader)

  • Start-Up Motivation, Personality, Entrepreneurial Persistence and Entrepreneurial Development, German Research Foundation (DFG), 2018-2021, Bonn, Germany
  • The Interplay between Individuals‘ Expectations, Active Labour Market Policies, Job Search Behaviour and Labour Market Outcomes, German Research Foundation (DFG), 2018-2020, Bonn, Germany
  • Evaluating the Minimum Wage Introduction in Germany (EVA-MIN) – Innovative Knowledge Transfer and Evidence-Based Evaluation [joint project with SOEP and IAB]
    Leibniz Competition, 2015-2017, Berlin, Germany
  • Evaluating the New Start-Up Subsidy for the Unemployed
    Institute for Employment Research (IAB), 2010-2014, Nuremberg, Germany
  • Evaluating Business Coaching for Start-Ups
    Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour, KfW, 2010-2013, Germany
  • Job Search Behavior of the Unemployed (CA 829/1-1, with A. Uhlendorff)
    German Research Foundation (DFG), 2008-2009, Bonn, Germany
  • Long-Run Effects of Start-Up Subsidies
    Institute for Employment Research (IAB), 2008-2009, Nuremberg, Germany
  • Evaluating the Hartz-Reforms: Part 1e – Start-Up Subsidies for the Unemployed
    Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour (now: BMAS), 2004-2006, Berlin, Germany,
Services to the Profession


  • Guest Editor, German Economic Review, Special Issue: ‚The Evaluation of Minimum Wages in Germany‘, Volume 20(3)
  • Subject Editor ‚Program Evaluation‘, IZA World of Labor (since 2017)
  • Associate Editor, IZA Journal of Labor Policy (since 2012)
  • Associate Editor, IZA World of Labor (2012-2017)
  • Guest Editor, Journal of Economic Psychology, Volume 33(2), 2012, Special Issue: ‚Personality and Entrepreneurship‘
  • Guest Editor, Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, Special Issue: ‚Evaluation of Labour Market Policies‘, 2006
Conference/Workshop Organization

  • Annual PhD Workshop on Empirical Economics 2019, 2017, 2015 (joint with EVA-MIN/SOEP/IAB), 2014, 2013, 2012 (Potsdam)
  • Annual Workshop on Entrepreneurship Research 2015 (Washington DC, with Kauffman), 2014 (Potsdam), 2013 (San Francisco, with Kauffman), 2012 (Potsdam), 2011 (Bonn), 2010 (Bonn, with DIW)
  • Annual IZA Conference on Labor Market Policy Evaluation
    2019 (Bonn, with CREST), 2018 (Paris, with CREST/OECD), 2017 (Bonn), 2016 (Bonn, with IFAU), 2015 (Bonn), 2014 (Uppsala, with IFAU), 2013 (London, with IFS), 2012 (Bonn, with IFAU), 2011 (Harvard, with IQSS), 2010 (Uppsala, with IFAU), 2009 (Washington DC), 2008 (Bonn, with IFAU), 2007 (Bonn)
  • European Association of Labour Economists (EALE), Annual Conference 2012, Bonn
  • IZA/CEPR European Summer Symposium in Labour Economics
    2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 (Buch/Ammersee)
  • IZA/SOLE Transatlantic Meeting of Labor Economists
    2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 (Buch/Ammersee)
  • IZA Prize Conference on Frontiers in Labor Economics 2009,
    (The Economics of Well-Being and Happiness, Washington DC)
  • Public Policy Evaluation – Labour Market Reforms in France and Germany (Seminar), French Embassy Berlin, April 6, 2006

  • Journals: Advances in Econometrics, Advances in Statistical Analysis, Ageing & Society, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Annales d’Economie et de Statistique, Applied Economics Quarterly, Biometrical Journal, Canadian Journal of Economics, China Economic Review, Contemporary Economic Policy, Economic Inquiry, Economic Modelling, Economic Record, Economics and Human Biology, Economics Bulletin, Economics of Transition, Education Economics, Empirical Economics, European Journal of Political Economy, Evaluation Review, Food Policy, German Economic Review, Handbook of Migration, IMF Economic Review, Industrial & Labor Relations Review, International Economic Review, International Journal of Manpower, International Journal of Social Welfare, International Review of Law and Economics, International Small Business Journal, IZA Journal of European Labour Studies, IZA Journal of Labor & Development, IZA Journal of Labor Policy, Journal for Labour Market Research/Zeitschrift für ArbeitsmarktForschung, Journal of Applied Social Science Studies/Schmollers Jahrbuch, Journal of Applied Statistics, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Journal of Economics and Statistics/Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Economic Surveys, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Journal of Human Capital, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of International Development, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Social Policy, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Kyklos, Labour Economics, LABOUR: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, Manchester School, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Regional Studies, Review of Economic Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics, Review of Income and Wealth, Review of Industrial Organization, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Schmalenbach Business Review, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Small Business Economics, Social Policy and Administration, Sociological Methods and Research, The Sociological Quarterly.
  • Institutions: German Research Foundation (DFG), National Science Foundation (US), Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation, Research Foundation Flanders (FWO).
  • Conferences: Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE, Annual Meeting 2017, 2018, 2019), Counterfactual Methods for Policy Impact Evaluation (COMPIE, 2014, 2016, 2018), European Academy of Management (Annual Meeting 2012), European Association of Labor Economists (EALE, Annual Meeting 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), European Economic Association (EEA, Annual Meeting 2008, 2009), European Society for Population Economics (ESPE, Annual Meeting 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), German Economic Association (VfS, Annual Meeting 2011, 2014, 2016).