Ronnie Schöb

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

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Current position

Professor in International Public Economics, School of Business and Economics, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Research interest

Happiness, labor economics, general public economics, reforming the welfare state, optimal taxation, environmental and resource economics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Member of the Scientific Council at the German Federal Ministry of Finance

Past positions

Full Professor for Public Economics, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany (2002–2007); Visiting Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario, Canada (2000–2001); Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Munich (1995–2001)


Habilitation, University of Munich, 2000

Selected publications

  • Measuring Happiness: The Economics of Well-Being. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2015 (with J. Weimann and A. Knabe).

  • “Changing identity: Retiring from unemployment.” Economic Journal 124 (2014): 149–166 (with C. Hetschko and A. Knabe).

  • “Unemployment and identity.” CESifo Economic Studies 59 (2013): 149–180.

  • “Subsidizing extra jobs: Promoting employment by taming the unions.” Oxford Economic Papers 65 (2012): 807–831 (with A. Knabe).

  • “Dissatisfied with life but having a good day: Time-use and well-being of the unemployed.” Economic Journal 120 (2010): 867–889 (with A. Knabe, S. Rätzel, and J. Weimann).