IAB, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
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)
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
Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftliche Assistentin), Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Hannover, Germany (1994–2004)
Habilitation in Economics, University of Hannover, 2000
"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).
Analyzed public employment agencies were at least equally as successful as private ones in placing unemployed workersGesine Stephan, August 2016Expenditures on job placement and related services make up a substantial share of many countries’ GDP. Contracting out to private providers is often proposed as a more efficient alternative to the state provision of placement services. However, the responsible state agency has to design and monitor sufficiently complete contracts to ensure that the private contractors deliver the desired quality of services. None of the recent empirical evidence indicates that contracting out is necessarily more effective or more efficient than public employment services.MoreLess