Friedrich Schneider

Johannes Kepler University, Austria, and IZA, Germany

I’m excited to be a part of this fascinating and innovative project. I hope that policymakers and academics alike will find IZA World of Labor an interesting and creative way to quickly learn the latest state of research on a wide range of issues in labor and immigration policy

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics ("Chair" in Economic Policy and Public Finance, tenured position), Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria

Research interest

General economic policy, public finance, shadow economy, organized crime, environmental economics, privatization and deregulation policies, and public choice

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Austrian Industries, Federal Austrian Chamber of Commerce, Federal Austrian Ministry of Economics, Federal Austrian Ministry of Finance, National Central Bank for Germany, Austria, Bank Austria, Brussels EU Commission

Past positions

Research Professor at the Department of International Economics, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Berlin, Germany (2006–); Visiting Professor, Otago University, New Zealand (2013); Chairman of the Academic Advisory Board of the Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany (2013–2016)


PhD Economics, University of Konstanz, 1976

Selected publications

  • “The quality of institutions and satisfaction with democracy in Western Europe—A panel analysis.” European Journal of Political Economy (2009) (with A. F. Wagner and M. Halla).

  • “Characteristic of Household Sector of the Hidden Economy in an Emerging Economy.” Applied Economics 12 (2008) (with S. Sookram and P. K. Watson).

  • “Shadow economies and corruption all over the world: Empirical results for 1999 to 2003.” International Journal of Social Economics, Series 1 35:9 (2008).

  • “Tax rate and tax evasion: An empirical analysis of the long-run aspects in Italy.” European Journal of Law and Economics 35:2 (2013): 273–293 (with E. Marzano and B. Chiarini).

  • “Taxes and benefits: Two options to cheat on the state.” Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics (2013) (with M. Halla).