Ekkehart Schlicht

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and IZA, Germany

Many arguments and observations encountered in labor market research are quite important politically and deserve being appreciated and evaluated outside academic circles. As academics like myself often write in a way that is difficult to read by non-academics, I appreciate very much that IZA World of Labor provides some professional editing to overcome this difficulty. In addition, the articles are freely accessible by anyone. I see this as an important contribution to the dissemination of important knowledge

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

Research interest

Labour economics, institutional economics, and methods

Past positions

Professor of Economics, Technical University Darmstadt, 1980–1993; Professor of Economics, University of Bielefeld, 1976–1980; Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1985–1986


Doctorate in Economics, University of Regensburg, 1971

Selected publications

  • Isolation and Aggregation in Economics. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1985.On Custom in the Economy. Oxford: Clarendon Press,1998.

  • “A neoclassical theory of wealth distribution.” Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik 189:1/2 (1975): 78–96.

  • “Labour turnover, wage structure, and natural unemployment.” Zeitschrift für die gesamte Staatswissenschaft 134:2 (1978): 337–364.

  • “Wage dispersion, over-qualification, and Reder competition.” Economics 1 (2007): 1–31.