Bernhard Boockmann

Institute for Applied Economic Research at the University of Tübingen, and IZA, Germany

Policy-making should be based on the best evidence available. Outlets such as IZA World of Labor direct policymakers to research results and help them to make better choices

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Scientific Director, Institute for Applied Economic Research (IAW), Tübingen, and Adjunct Professor, University of Tübingen, Germany

Research interest

Labor economics, labor market regulation, evaluation research, international political economy

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Commissioned research for German government departments, the European Commission, public bodies, chambers of commerce and business associations. Member of Working Group E.1 of the Demography Strategy of the German government

Past positions

Vice Head of Department, Department of Labour Economics, Human Resources, and Social Policy, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim (2002–2007); Research Fellow, from 2001 Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim (1998–2002)


Post-doctoral Habilitation, University of Mannheim, 2004

Selected publications

  • “Do hiring subsidies reduce unemployment among older workers? Evidence from natural experiments.” Journal of the European Economic Association 12 (2012) (with T. Zwick, A. Ammermüller, and M. Maier).

  • “Do human rights offenders oppose human rights resolutions in the United Nations?” Public Choice 146 (2011): 443–467 (with A. Dreher).

  • “Workers, firms or institutions: What determines job duration for male employees in Germany?” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 64 (2010): 853–871 (with S. Steffes).

  • “The effect of ILO minimum age conventions on child labor and school attendance.” World Development 38 (2010): 679–692.

  • “Fixed-term contracts as sorting mechanisms: Evidence from job durations in west Germany.” Labour Economics 15 (2008): 984–1005.