Sascha O. Becker

University of Warwick, UK, and IZA, Germany

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Current position

Professor of Economics, University of Warwick, UK

Research interest

Economic history, labor economics, education economics, public economics

Past positions

Professor, University of Stirling, 2008–2010; Assistant Professor, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, 2002–2008


PhD Economics, European University Institute, 2001

Selected publications

  • “The empire is dead, long live the empire! Long-run persistence of trust and corruption in the bureaucracy.” The Economic Journal 126:590 (2016): 40–74 (with K. Boeckh, C. Hainz, and L. Woessmann).

  • “Absorptive capacity and the growth effects of regional transfers: A regression discontinuity design with heterogeneous treatment effects.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 5:4 (2013): 29–77 (with P. H. Egger and M. von Ehrlich).

  • “Offshoring and the onshore composition of tasks and skills.” Journal of International Economics 90:1 (2013): 91–106 (with K. Ekholm and M.-A. Muendler).

  • “Margins of multinational labor substitution.” American Economic Review 100:5 (2010): 1999–2030 (with M.-A. Muendler).

  • “Was Weber wrong? A human capital theory of protestant economic history.” The Quarterly Journal of Economics 124:2 (2009): 531–596 (with L. Woessmann).