Rainer Winkelmann

University of Zurich, Switzerland, and IZA, Germany

The diversity of topics covered by the IZA World of Labor series is impressive. Anyone interested in labor market developments and policies, be it practitioners, students or researchers, will find here a treasure of up-to-date evidence and informed opinions

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics, Chair for Statistics and Empirical Economic Research, University of Zurich

Research interest

Econometrics, in particular models for discrete and panel data; work, family and well-being; applied social policy analysis.

Past positions

Visiting Professor, Harvard University, Fall 2012; Visiting Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, Winter 2007; Senior Lecturer, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (1995–1999).


Dr. oec. publ., University of Munich, 1993.

Selected publications

  • “Why are the unemployed so unhappy? Evidence from panel data.” Economica 65:257 (1998): 1–15 (with L. Winkelmann).Econometric Analysis of Count Data. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2000.

  • “Health care reform and the number of doctor visits—an econometric analysis.” Journal of Applied Econometrics 19:4 (2004): 455–472.

  • “Conspicuous consumption and satisfaction.” Journal of Economic Psychology 33 (2012): 183–191.