University of Zurich, Switzerland, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor of Economics, Chair for Statistics and Empirical Economic Research, University of Zurich
Econometrics, in particular models for discrete and panel data; work, family and well-being; applied social policy analysis.
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.
“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.
Quantitative policy evaluation can benefit from a rich set of econometric methods for analyzing count dataRainer Winkelmann, May 2015Often, economic policies are directed toward outcomes that are measured as counts. Examples of economic variables that use a basic counting scale are number of children as an indicator of fertility, number of doctor visits as an indicator of health care demand, and number of days absent from work as an indicator of employee shirking. Several econometric methods are available for analyzing such data, including the Poisson and negative binomial models. They can provide useful insights that cannot be obtained from standard linear regression models. Estimation and interpretation are illustrated in two empirical examples.MoreLess
Successful policies for helping the unemployed need to confront the adverse effects of unemployment on feelings of life satisfactionRainer Winkelmann, October 2014Many studies document a large negative effect of unemployment on happiness. Recent research has looked into factors related to impacts on happiness, such as adaptation, social work norms, social capital, religious beliefs, and psychological resources. Getting unemployed people back to work can do more for their happiness than compensating them for doing nothing. But not all unemployed people are equally unhappy. Understanding the differences holds the key to designing effective policies, for helping the unemployed back into work, and for more evenly distributing the burden of unemployment resulting from economic restructuring.MoreLess