Stephan L. Thomsen

Leibniz Universität Hannover, NIW Hannover, and IZA, Germany

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Current position

Professor of Economics, Leibniz Universität Hannover, and Chairman and Academic Head, Niedersächsisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (NIW), Germany

Research interest

Labor economics, economics of education, migration, policy evaluation, econometrics, empirical economics


Dr. rer. pol., Universität Frankfurt, 2006

Selected publications

  • “Are we spending too many years in school? Causal evidence of the impact of shortening secondary school duration.” German Economic Review 16:1 (2015): 65–86 (with B. Büttner).

  • “Variation of learning intensity in late adolescence and the impact on noncognitive skills.” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A 177:4 (2014) 861-892 (with H. Thiel and B. Büttner).

  • “Crowding out informal caregivers. Evidence from a field experiment in Germany.” Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 73:3 (2011): 398–427 (with M. Arntz).

  • “How do employment effects of job creation schemes differ with respect to the foregoing unemployment duration?” Labour Economics 17:1 (2010): 38–51 (with R. Hujer).

  • “Language usage, participation, employment and earnings—evidence for foreigners in Germany with multiple sources of selection.” Labour Economics 16:3 (2009): 330–341 (with A. Aldashev and J. Gernandt).