Samuel Muehlemann

LMU Munich, Germany, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), Netherlands, and IZA, Germany

The IZA World of Labor project provides a platform for researchers to share their findings on critical labor policy issues with a wider audience. I believe that informed policymaking and discussions can lead to better policies for workers and societies globally, and I hope to contribute to this goal through my work

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Human Resource Education and Development, LMU Munich, Germany; Guest Lecturer, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Research interest

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

Past positions

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

Selected publications

  • "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).