University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
IZA World of Labor role
Assistant Professor at the Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research
Policy evaluation in labor, health, and education economics; microeconometric methods for causal inference; combination of machine learning and causal inference
Research Affiliate, Department of Applied Economics, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany (2014–2016)
PhD Economics and Finance, University of St Gallen, 2013
“Employment and earnings effects of awarding training vouchers in Germany.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review (Forthcoming) (with A. Doerr, B. Fitzenberger, T. Kruppe, and M. Paul).
“Health and economic development: Evidence from the introduction of public health care.” Journal of Population Economics 26:4 (2013): 1549–1584 (with U. Sunde).
Vouchers can create a market for training but may lengthen participants’ unemployment durationAnthony Strittmatter, November 2016The objective of providing vocational training for the unemployed is to increase their chances of re-employment and human capital accumulation. In comparison to mandatory course assignment by case workers, the awarding of vouchers increases recipients’ freedom to choose between different courses and makes non-redemption a possibility. In addition, vouchers may introduce market mechanisms between training providers. However, empirical evidence suggests that voucher allocation mechanisms prolong the unemployment duration of training participants. But, after an initial period of deterioration, better long-term employment opportunities are possible.MoreLess