Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Labor economics, population economics, applied microeconometrics
PhD, University of Essex, Colchester, 2002
"The gender wage gap in Austria: Eppur si muove!" Empirica 40:4 (2013): 585–606 (with K. Himpele, H. Mahringer, and C. Zulehner).
"The employment of temporary agency workers in the UK: For or against the trade unions?" Economica 80:317 (2013): 65–95 (with M. Zweimüller).
"Great expectations: Past wages and unemployment durations." Labour Economics 18:6 (2011): 778–785 (with G. T. Horvath and R. Winter-Ebmer).
"Dependent self-employment: Workers between employment and self-employment in the UK." Journal of Labour Market Research 42:2 (2009): 182–195 (with U. Mühlberger).
"The impact of collective bargaining on employer-provided training in Britain." Industrial Relations—A Journal of Economy & Society 43:3 (2004): 520–545 (with A. L. Booth).
Fifteen years ago Austria was the “better Germany,” but it has failed to keep up over timeRené Böheim, December 2017Austria is an interesting economy due to its strong industrial relations with institutionalized collective bargaining over wage negotiations and working conditions. Currently, Austria’s GDP per capita is high, but unemployment, although comparably low on an international scale, is not declining in the aftermath of the financial crisis. The labor market is also characterized by an increasing share of mostly low-skilled foreign workers. High marginal labor taxes discourage low-skilled workers from leaving social assistance.MoreLess
Keeping older workers in the workforce longer not only doesn’t harm the employment of younger workers, but might actually help bothRené Böheim, June 2014The fiscal sustainability of state pensions is a central concern of policymakers in nearly every advanced economy. Policymakers have attempted to ensure the sustainability of these programs in recent decades by raising retirement ages. However, there are concerns that keeping older workers in the workforce for longer might have negative consequences for younger workers. Since youth unemployment is a pressing problem throughout advanced and developing countries, it is important to consider the impact of these policies on the employment prospects of the young.MoreLess