Jens Suedekum

University of Düsseldorf and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany

Research interest

International trade, regional economics, labor economics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant to the Global Deal Initiative of the World Trade Organization (WTO); Consultant to the German Federal Government

Past positions

Professor of Economics, University of Duisburg-Essen, 2007–2014; Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Konstanz, 2003–2007


PhD Economics, Georg-August-University Göttingen, 2003

Selected publications

  • “Trade and manufacturing jobs in Germany.” American Economic Review (Papers & Proceedings) 107:5 (2017): 337–342 (with W. Dauth and S. Findeisen).

  • “Spatial frictions.” Journal of Urban Economics 97:1 (2017): 40–70 (with K. Behrens, G. Mion, and Y. Murata).

  • “Relational contracts and supplier turnover in the global economy.” Journal of International Economics 103 (2016): 147–165 (with F. Defever and C. Fischer).

  • “Globalization and local profiles of economic growth and industrial change.” Journal of Economic Geography 16:5 (2016): 1007–1034 (with W. Dauth).

  • “Asymmetric spiders: Supplier heterogeneity and the organization of firms.” Canadian Journal of Economics 49:2 (2016): 663–684 (with V. Nowak and C. Schwarz).