Ifo Institute, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Director of the Ifo Center for Industrial Organisation and New Technologies
Innovation and growth, entrepreneurship, new technology, communications technology
Research Assistant at the University of Passau, 2001-2007; Research Assistant at the Technical University of Freiberg, 2000
PhD Economics, Technical University of Freiberg, 2006
“E-lections: Voting behavior and the internet.” American Economic Review 104:7 (2014) 2238–2265 (with S. Heblich and R. Gold).
“Surfing alone? The internet and social capital: Evidence from an unforeseeable technological mistake.” Journal of Public Economics 117 (2014): 73-89 (with S. Bauernschuster and L. Woessmann).
“Broadband infrastructure and economic growth.” Economic Journal 121 (2011): 505–532 (with N. Czernich, T. Kretschmer, and L. Woessmann).
Handbook of Research on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011 (with D. B. Audretsch, S. Heblich, and A. Lederer).
“Industrial innovation: Direct evidence from a cluster-oriented policy.” Regional Science and Urban Economics 40:6 (2010): 574–582 (with S. Kipar and S. Heblich).
Does broadband infrastructure boost employment?
Broadband infrastructure has differing effects on workers of different skillsOliver Falck, March 2017Broadband infrastructure enables fast access to the internet, which, evidence suggests, has significant effects on economic growth. However, labor market related issues have not received as much consideration. These include quantifying employment effects of broadband infrastructure roll-out and questions about who exactly are the winners and losers in the labor market, and whether skills in information and communication technologies (ICT) are reflected in labor market outcomes such as wages. Understanding these complementary issues allows for policy conclusions that go beyond simply encouraging the subsidization of broadband internet infrastructure.MoreLess