Michael Lechner

University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and IZA, Germany

I'm excited to be a part of this innovative project. I hope that policymakers and academics alike will find World of Labor a useful way to quickly learn the latest state of research on a wide range of issues in labor policy

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Econometrics, University of St. Gallen, and Director of the Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research (SEW-HSG), Switzerland

Research interest

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

Past positions

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

Selected publications

  • “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.