University of Düsseldorf and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor of Economics, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany
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
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
“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).
Dialects show regional cultural variation, making the idea of standardized national labor markets misleadingJens Suedekum, January 2018Countries are not perfectly integrated market areas. Even if institutional differences are much smaller within than between countries, there are persistent local cultural differences. These differences act as barriers that reduce economic exchange: bilateral migration, trade, and knowledge diffusion flows are smaller, and individuals discriminate against unfamiliar dialects. They also act as natural limits to the degree of integration of a labor market, and they cannot (and perhaps should not) be easily affected by policy. Local dialects, shaped over centuries, provide a unique opportunity to measure these barriers.MoreLess