Sylke V. Schnepf

European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy, and IZA, Germany

I doubt that policymakers are as much attracted to technical and specialised publications in highly ranked peer reviewed journals as academics are. IZA World of Labor makes technical research evidence accessible and summarises it, thereby bridging the gap between academics and policymakers. This is the kind of dissemination academics need to have for impacting on the policy world while at the same time policymakers get served research results and their references on the golden plate

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Senior Researcher in the Competence Centre on Microeconomic Evaluation of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy

Research interest

Social inequalities, especially in the field of education, policy evaluation methods, survey design

Past positions

Researcher in the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Unit of “Econometrics and Applied Statistics,” Ispra, Italy; Associate Professor in Social Statistics, University of Southampton, UK


PhD Economics, University of Hamburg, 2005

Selected publications

  • “Unequal emissions—unequal policy impacts: How do different areas of CO2 emissions compare?” In: Fitzpatrick, T. (ed.). International Handbook on Social Policy and the Environment. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2014 (with N. Bardsley and M. Buchs).

  • “Who emits most? Associations between socio-economic factors and UK households’ home energy, transport, indirect and total CO2 emissions.” Ecological Economics 90 (2013): 114–123 (with M. Buchs).

  • “Peer effects and measurement error: The impact of sampling variation in school survey data (evidence from PISA).” Economics of Education Review 31:6 (2012): 1136–1142 (with J. Micklewright and P. N. Silva).

  • “Non-response biases in surveys of school children: The case of the English PISA samples.” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (General) 175:4 (2012): 915–338 (with J. Micklewright and C. J. Skinner).

  • “Gender differences in subjective well-being in Central and Eastern Europe.” Journal of European Social Policy 20:1 (2010): 74–85.