Lutz Bellmann

Institute for Employment Research (IAB), University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, and IZA, Germany

I am very impressed by the list of contributors to the newly launched IZA World of Labor. I am sure that this format will be highly accessible for those persons who do not have expertise and time to access the relevant articles in the field of research they are interested in

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Chair of Labor Economics, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany; Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Finance, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland

Research interest

Labor economics, industrial relations, economics of education, linked employer–employee data

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Federal Institute of Vocational Education and Training, and Co-Director of the Institute for Liberal Professionals (IFB Institut für freie Berufe) based in Nuremberg, member of the advisory board of BayernFonds of the Free State of Bavaria which supports real economy companies in Bavaria (appointed by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy), and several other scientific panels

Past positions

Research assistant and lecturer at the University of Hannover; Head of the Research Department “Establishments and Employment” at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung)


Habilitation, Economics, University of Hannover, 2003

Selected publications

  • “Working from home, job satisfaction and work-life balance.” International Journal of Manpower 42:3 (2021): 424–441 (with O. Huebler).

  • “Job and worker turnover in German establishments.” The Manchester School 86:4 (2018): 427–445 (with H.-D. Gerner and R. Upward).

  • Productivity Puzzles across Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016 (edited with P. Askenazy, A. Bryson, and E. M. Galbis).

  • “Is the Erosion Thesis overblown? Alignment from without in Germany.” Industrial Relations 55:3 (2016): 415–443 (with J. T. Addison, P. Teixera, and K. Evers).

  • “The skill shortage in German establishments before, during and after the Great Recession.” Journal of Economics and Statistics 234:6 (2014): 800–828 (with O. Huebler).