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Johannes Gutenberg University, and IZA, Germany

The IZA World of Labor stimulates the communication between the community of research economists, policymakers, and the general public. The open and structured content provides a concise overview and introductions to various fields, and contributes to an informed discussion of current events

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson

Current position

Professor of Applied Statistics and Econometrics, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

Research interest

Empirical economic research in labor economics, international economics, and industrial relations

Past positions

Associate Professor and Chair of Labour and Regional Economics, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, 2008–2010


PhD Economics, University of Manchester, 2001

Selected publications

  • “Foreign-owned firms around the world: A comparative analysis of wages and employment at the micro-level.” European Economic Review 60 (2013): 170–188 (with A. Hijzen, P. Martins, and R. Upward).

  • “High wage workers match with high wage firms: Clear evidence of the effects of limited mobility bias.” Economics Letters 117:3 (2012): 824–827 (with M. J. Andrews, L. Gill, and R. Upward).

  • “Differences in labor supply to monopsonistic firms and the gender pay gap: An empirical analysis using linked employer-employee data from Germany.” Journal of Labor Economics 28:2 (2010): 291–330 (with B. Hirsch and C. Schnabel).

  • “High wage workers and low wage _rms: negative assortative matching or limited mobility bias.” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A 171:3 (2008): 673–697 (with M. J. Andrews, L. Gill, and R. Upward).

  • “Do exporters really pay higher wages? First evidence from linked employer employee data.” Journal of International Economics 72:1 (2007): 52–74 (with C. Schnabel and J. Wagner).