Stephan Heblich

University of Bristol, UK, and Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), and IZA, Germany

I hope World of Labor will help bridging the gap between researchers and policymakers thus leading to better informed decisions

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Reader (Associate Professor) at the University of Bristol, UK

Research interest

Urban economics, economic history, political economy, labor economics, entrepreneurship and innovation

Past positions

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

Selected publications

  • “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).