Humboldt University Berlin, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Labor economics, Macroeconomics, economics of European integration
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Informal consultant to Danish, Finnish, Swedish, and US embassies
Visiting Professor of Economics, European School of Management and Technology (ESMT), Berlin, Germany; Associate Professor of Economics, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France
PhD Economics, Harvard University, 1987
“Total factor productivity convergence in German states since reunification: Evidence and explanations.” Journal of Comparative Economics 46:1 (2018): 192–211 (with B. Severgnini)
"Solow residuals without capital stocks." Journal of Development Economics 109 (2014): 154–171 (with B. Severgnini).
“Payroll taxes, social insurance and business cycles.” Journal of the European Economic Association 14:2 (2016): 438–467 (with M. Weder).
"Total work and gender: Facts and possible explanations." Journal of Population Economics 26:1 (2013): 239–261 (with D. Hamermesh and P. Weil).
Macroeconomics: A European Text (Seventh Edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017 (with C. Wyplosz).
- Migration and ethnicity
- Labor markets and institutions
- Transition and emerging economies
Labor productivity is generally seen as bringing wealth and prosperity; but how does it vary over the business cycle?Michael C. Burda, April 2018Aggregate labor productivity is a central indicator of an economy’s economic development and a wellspring of living standards. Somewhat controversially, many macroeconomists see productivity as a primary driver of fluctuations in economic activity along the business cycle. In some countries, the cyclical behavior of labor productivity seems to have changed. In the past 20–30 years, the US has become markedly less procyclical, while the rest of the OECD has not changed or productivity has become even more procyclical. Finding a cogent and coherent explanation of these developments is challenging.MoreLess