LMU Munich, Germany, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), Netherlands, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor of Human Resource Education and Development, LMU Munich, Germany; Guest Lecturer, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Labor economics, personnel economics, economics of education
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Member of the European Expert Network on Economics of Education (EENEE); Member of the Expert Group "The Contribution of Vocational Education and Training to Innovation” to the State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation SERI); Member of the Swiss Federal Commission for Child and Youth Aﬀairs
Visiting Scholar, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Berkeley, California, United States; Deputy Head, Centre for Research in Economics of Education, University of Bern, Switzerland; Visiting Academic, King's College London, United Kingdom
PhD Economics, University of Bern, 2008
"Shocks in the market for apprenticeship training." Economics of Education Review 86 (2022): 1–18 (with H. Dietrich, G. Pfann, and H. Pfeifer).
"Hiring costs and labor market tightness." Labour Economics 52 (2018): 122–131 (with M. Strupler Leiser).
"Works councils, collective bargaining and apprenticeship training." Industrial Relations 53:2 (2014): 199–222 (with B. Kriechel, H. Pfeifer, and M. Schuette).
"Monopsony power, pay structure and training." Industrial and Labor Relations Review 66:5 (2013): 1095–1112 (with P. Ryan and S. C. Wolter).
"The costs of hiring skilled workers." European Economic Review 56:1 (2012): 20–35 (with Blatter, M., S. Muehlemann and S. Schenker).
Evaluating apprenticeship training programs for firms
Cost–benefit surveys of employers help design more effective training policiesSamuel MuehlemannHarald Pfeifer, March 2023Apprenticeship training programs typically last several years and require substantial investments by training firms, largely due to the associated labor costs for participants and instructors. Nevertheless, apprentices also add significant value in the workplace. One tool to measure the costs and benefits of training for firms is employer surveys, which were first introduced in the 1970s in Germany. Such cost–benefit surveys (CBS) help to better understand a firm's demand for apprentices and to identify market failures. Therefore, CBS are an important tool for designing effective training policies.MoreLess