Leibniz Universität Hannover, IAB, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor Emeritus of Econometrics, Institute for Empirical Economics, Leibniz Universität Hannover
Applied econometrics and labor economics with special interest in microeconometrics, panel data methods in nonlinear models, wages, profit sharing and other incentives, gender wage gaps mobility, working time and evaluation of social programs and in-plant alliances.
Professor for Empirical Economic Research and Econometrics, Faculty of Economics and Management, Leibniz Universität Hannover, 2000–2011; Visiting Professor, University of Stirling, UK, 1999; Professor for Econometrics and Statistics, Institute of Quantitative Economic Research, Leibniz Universität Hannover, 1982–1999
PhD Economics, Technical University of Berlin, 1974
“Effects of reciprocal concessions on employment and real capital.” Economics Bulletin 34 (2014): 494–509 (with L. Bellmann and H. D. Gerner).
“Estimation of standard errors and treatment effects in empirical economics–Methods and applications.” Journal for Labour Market Research 47 (2014): 43–62.
“Are tall people less risk averse than others?” Journal of Applied Social Science Studies 133 (2013): 23–42.
“Unobserved individual and firm heterogeneity in wage and job duration functions: Evidence from German linked employer-employee data.” German Economic Review 12 (2011): 469–489 (with T. Cornelißen).
“The nonlinear link between height and wages in Germany, 1985-2004.” Economics & Human Biology 7 (2009): 191199.
Do works councils raise or lower firm productivity?
Works councils can have a positive impact on firm productivity, but only when specific conditions are in placeOlaf Hübler, March 2015The German model of co-determination (Mitbestimmung) with works councils, in which workers are involved in the management of a company, was a role model for other countries for many years. However, since the 1990s the appeal of works councils has been declining, to the extent that now even employees are sometimes voting against representation. This was recently demonstrated by workers at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, who voted against union representation. An important question for firms and for policymakers is whether the adoption of a works council has a positive influence on a firm’s productivity and what the consequences are for a firm’s profits.MoreLess