Christina Gathmann

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), Luxembourg, 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

Head of the Labour Market Department at LISER, Luxembourg

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

Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Heidelberg, Germany (2011–2020); Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Mannheim, Germany (2009–2011); Postdoctoral Fellow, PCOR and Department of Economics, Stanford University, USA (2007–2009)


PhD Economics, University of Chicago, 2004

Selected publications

  • “Spillover effects of mass layoffs." Journal of the European Economic Association 18:1 (2020): 427-468 (with I. Helm and U. Schönberg).

  • “Access to citizenship and the economic assimilation of immigrants." Economic Journal 128:616 (2018): 3141-3181 (with N. Keller).

  • “Taxing childcare: Effects on family labor supply and children." Journal of Labor Economics 36:3 (2018): 665-709 (with B. Saß).

  • “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).