University of Heidelberg, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Heidelberg, Germany
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
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
“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.
Liberalizing access to citizenship has labor market benefits for immigrants and can improve their assimilationChristina Gathmann, February 2015Politicians, the media, and the public express concern that many immigrants fail to integrate economically. Research shows that the option to naturalize has considerable economic benefits for eligible immigrants, even in countries with a tradition of restrictive policies. First-generation immigrants who are naturalized have higher earnings and more stable jobs. The gains from citizenship are particularly apparent among immigrants from poorer countries. A key policy question is whether naturalization causes labor market success or is taken up by those immigrants who would anyway be most likely to succeed in the labor market.MoreLess