University of Bristol, UK, and Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Reader (Associate Professor) at the University of Bristol, UK
Urban economics, economic history, political economy, labor economics, entrepreneurship and innovation
Reader (Associate Professor) at Stirling Management School, UK (10/12–12/13); Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena (08/07–08/10); Visiting Researcher at the University of Toronto, Canada (09/09–11/09)
Habilitation Economics, University of Jena, 2012
“E-lections: Voting behavior and the internet.” American Economic Review 104 (2014): 2238–2265 (with O. Falck and R. Gold).
“Why are educated and risk-loving persons more mobile across regions?” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 98 (2014): 56–69 (with S. Bauernschuster, O. Falck, J. Suedekum, and A. Lameli).
“From Russia with love: The impact of relocated firms on incumbent survival.” Journal of Economic Geography 13 (2013): 419–449 (with O. Falck, C. Guenther, and W. R. Kerr).
“Dialects, cultural identity, and economic exchange.” Journal of Urban Economics 72:2–3 (2012): 225–239 (with O. Falck, A. Lameli, and J. Südekum).
“The phantom of the opera: Cultural amenities, human capital, and regional economic growth.” Labour Economics 18 (2011): 755–766 (with O. Falck and M. Fritsch).
The effect of the internet on voting behavior
The internet can reduce political participation and thus affect legislation in labor and other areasStephan Heblich, September 2016The internet has transformed the way in which voters access and receive political information, such that it has circumvented the filtering of information previously undertaken by editorial offices. Consequently, consumers have had to learn how to filter relevant information themselves. The introduction phase of the internet coincided with a decreasing voter turnout, possibly due to “information overload” or less-focused political information. However, the subsequent rise of social media may help reverse the negative effect on turnout. But this poses challenges for regulatory policy. Understanding the internet’s effects on the consumption of information is also relevant for how voters view labor policies.MoreLess