Jonas Jessen

European University Viadrina, Berlin School of Economics, and IZA, Germany

I'm passionate about communicating my research to the wider public to ensure that it has a policy impact. IZA World of Labor is an excellent outlet, as it summarizes complex topics of high policy relevance in a way that is accessible to policymakers and journalists. At the same time, it is also great for academics who are seeking to get an overview of a research field

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, IZA, Germany

Research interest

Labor economics and political economy

Past positions

Postdoc at European University Viadrina (2021–2023); Research Associate at DIW Berlin (2018–2021); Research Assistant, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (2016)


PhD in Economics, DIW Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin, 2021

Selected publications

  • “A glimpse of freedom: Allied occupation and political resistance in East Germany.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (2023) (with L. R. Martínez and G. Xu).

  • “Culture, children and couple gender inequality.” European Economic Review (2022).

  • “The gender division of unpaid care work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany.” German Economic Review (2022) (with C. K. Spiess, S. Waights, and K. Wrohlich).

  • “The effectiveness of interventions to reduce informality in low- and middle-income countries.” World Development (2021) (with J. Kluve).

  • “Punishing potential mothers? Evidence for statistical employer discrimination from a natural experiment.” Labour Economics (2019) (with R. Jessen and J. Kluve).