University of Basel, Switzerland, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor of Labor Economics, University of Basel, Switzerland
Labor economics, in particular the evaluation and optimal design of policies targeted at the unemployed
Associate Professor, VU University Amsterdam (06/2011–08/2013; part-time until 08/2012); Assistant Professor of Economics, University of St. Gallen (02/2009–06/2012); Postdoctoral Fellow, Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research, University of St. Gallen (05/2008–06/2012)
PhD Economics and Finance, University of St. Gallen, 2008
“Government-sponsored vocational education for adults.” In: Hanushek, E. A., S. J. Machin, and L. Woessmann (eds). Handbook of the Economics of Education, Volume 5. Amsterdam: North-Holland, 2016; pp. 479–652 (with B. McCall and J. Smith).
“Workplace health promotion and labour market performance of employees.” Journal of Health Economics 43 (2015): 170–189 (with M. Huber and M. Lechner).
“Optimal use of labor market policies: The role of job search assistance.” Review of Economics and Statistics 95:3 (2013): 1030–1045.
“Evaluating nationwide health interventions: Malawi’s insecticide treated net distribution programme.” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A 177:2 (2013): 523–552 (with E. Deuchert).
“The performance of estimators based on the propensity score.” Journal of Econometrics 175:1 (2013): 1–21 (with M. Huber and M. Lechner).
How to minimize lock-in effects of programs for unemployed workers
Appropriate timing and targeting of activation programs for the unemployed can help improve their cost-effectivenessConny Wunsch, September 2016Activation programs, such as job search assistance, training, or work experience programs for unemployed workers, typically initially produce negative employment effects. These so-called “lock-in effects” occur because participants spend less time and effort on job search activities than non-participants. Lock-in effects need to be offset by sufficiently large post-participation employment or earnings for the programs to be cost-effective. They represent key indirect costs that are often more important than direct program costs. The right timing and targeting of these programs can improve their cost-effectiveness by reducing lock-in effects.MoreLess