University of Basel, Switzerland, and IAB, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor of Human Resources and Organization, University of Basel
Personnel and organizational economics
Professor, Institute for Human Resource Education and Management, University of Munich
Postdoctoral lecture qualification, 2004
“Internal rent seeking, works councils, and optimal establishment size.” European Economic Review 56:4 (2012): 711–726 (with M. Kräkel).
“Rent seeking, employment security and works councils: Theory and evidence for Germany.” Schmalenbach Business Review 62 (2010): 2–40 (with S. Föhr and M. Kräkel).
“The returns to continuous training in Germany: New evidence from propensity score matching estimators.” Review of Managerial Science 1:3 (2007): 209-235 (with G. Muehler and B. Schauenberg).
“Betriebliche Innovationen und geschlechterspezifische Arbeitsnachfrage.” Die Betriebswirtschaft 66:3 (2006): 287–306 (with B. Schauenberg and A. Timmermann).
“Art auctions and bidding rings: Empirical evidence from German auction data.” Journal of Cultural Economics 28:2 (2004): 125–141.
Giving workers control over their working hours increases their commitment and benefits firm performanceMichael Beckmann, January 2016Allowing workers to control their work hours (working-time autonomy) is a controversial policy for worker empowerment, with concerns that range from increased shirking to excessive intensification of work. Empirical evidence, however, supports neither view. Recent studies find that working-time autonomy improves individual and firm performance without promoting overload or exhaustion from work. However, if working-time autonomy is incorporated into a system of family-friendly workplace practices, firms may benefit from the trade-off between (more) fringe benefits and (lower) wages but not from increased productivity.MoreLess