Leibniz Universität Hannover, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor of Economics, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
Labor economics, economics of education, migration, policy evaluation, econometrics, empirical economics
Chairman and Academic Head, Niedersächsisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (NIW), Germany
Dr. rer. pol., Universität Frankfurt, 2006
“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).
The impacts of shortening secondary school duration
Shortening secondary school duration may increase the skilled workforce in aging societiesStephan L. Thomsen, July 2015The main goal of secondary school education in developed countries is to prepare students for higher education and the labor market. That demands high investments in study duration and specialized fields to meet rising skill requirements. However, these demands for more education are in opposition to calls for early entry to the labor market, to lengthen working lives to meet the rising costs associated with an aging population and to enable the intergenerational transfer of skills. One way to lengthen working lives is to shorten the duration of secondary school, an option recently implemented in Canada and Germany. The empirical evidence shows mixed effects.MoreLess