Jan Sauermann

Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy (IFAU), Sweden, and IZA, Germany

I’m excited to contribute to the IZA World of Labor series. In my view, the articles provide a great opportunity for policymakers, researchers, and students to get an evidence-based, yet non-technical introduction to policy-relevant topics

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Associate Professor, Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy, Sweden

Research interest

Applied labor economics, economics of education, personnel economics, economics of gender, field experiments

Past positions

Associate Professor, Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University, Sweden; Researcher, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), Maastricht University, the Netherlands


PhD Economics, Maastricht University, 2013

Selected publications

  • “The effect of employment protection on firms’ worker selection." Journal of Human Resources (Forthcoming) (with S. Butschek).

  • “Firm pay dynamics." Journal of Econometrics 233:2 (2023): 396–423 (with N. Engbom and C. Moser).

  • “Worker reciprocity and the returns to training: Evidence from a field experiment." Journal of Economics and Management Strategy (Forthcoming).

  • “Gender bias in teaching evaluations." Journal of the European Economic Association 17:2 (2019): 535–566 (with F. Mengel and U. Zölitz).

  • “Working hours and productivity." Labour Economics 47 (2017): 96–106 (with M. Collewet).