Gesine Stephan

IAB, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), and IZA, Germany

The IZA World of Labor is an impressing project that provides policymakers, labor market administrations, and researchers with comprehensive and easy-to-read information on a wide variety of labor market topics. I am happy to participate in this project

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Head of Research Department “Active Labor Market Policies and Integration,” Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg; Professor of Empirical Microeconomics, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU)

Research interest

Labor economics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Projects for the Federal Employment Agency, the German Federal Ministry for the Labor Market and Social Affairs, and the German Federal Ministry for Families, Senior Citizens, Women and Youths

Past positions

Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftliche Assistentin), Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Hannover, Germany (1994–2004)


Habilitation in Economics, University of Hannover, 2000

Selected publications

  • "Private and public placement services for hard-to-place unemployed." ILR Review 69:2 (2016): 471–500 (with G. Krug).

  • "When are bonus payments for managers perceived as fair? Results from a quasi-experiment." Economics Letters 125:1 (2014): 130–133 (with M. Dütsch, C. Gückelhorn, and O. Struck).

  • "Fixing the leak: Unemployment incidence before and after a major reform of unemployment benefits in Germany." German Economic Review 15:3 (2014): 329–352 (with S. Dlugosz and R. A. Wilke).

  • “The relative effectiveness of selected active labor market programs: An empirical investigation for Germany.” The Manchester School 79:6 (2011): 1262–1293 (with A. Pahnke).

  • “The effectiveness of targeted wage subsidies for hard-to-place workers.” Applied Economics 43:10 (2011): 1209–1225 (with U. Jaenichen).