University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor of Econometrics, University of St. Gallen, and Director of the Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research (SEW-HSG), Switzerland
Microeconometrics, sports economics, labor and health economics
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Advisor on active labor market policies for the Swiss, German, and Austrian governments
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Mannheim, Germany; John F. Kennedy Fellow, Center for European Studies, Harvard University, USA
PhD Economics and Econometrics, University of Mannheim, 1994
“The performance of estimators based on the propensity score.” Journal of Econometrics 175:1 (2013): 1–21 (with M. Huber and C. Wunsch).
“Long-run effects of public sector sponsored training in West Germany.” Journal of the European Economic Association 9 (2011): 742–784 (with R. Miquel and C. Wunsch).
“Long-run labour market and health effects of individual sports activities.” The Journal of Health Economics 28 (2009): 839–854.
“Are training programmes more effective when unemployment is high?” Journal of Labor Economics 27 (2009): 653–692 (with C. Wunsch).
“Programme heterogeneity and propensity score matching: An application to the evaluation of active labour market policies.” The Review of Economics and Statistics 84 (2002): 205–220.
Sports, exercise, and labor market outcomes
Increasing participation in sports and exercise can boost productivity and earningsMichael Lechner, February 2015A productive workforce is a key objective of public economic policy. Recent empirical work suggests that increasing individual participation in sports and exercise can be a major force for achieving this goal. The productivity gains and related increase in earnings come on top of the already well-documented public health effects that have so far provided the rationale for the major national and international campaigns to increase individual physical activity. The deciding issue for government policy is whether there are externalities, information asymmetries, or other reasons that lead individuals to decide on activity levels that are too low from a broader social perspective.MoreLess