Volker Grossmann

University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and IZA, Germany

It is an honor to contribute to the most innovative attempt to date to communicate basic findings in labor policy to an audience of policymakers and academics alike. Particularly misperceptions of the general public about the role of immigration for important economic outcomes are potentially dangerous. Inter alia, the World of Labor project can be a remedy for designing better migration policies

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Full Professor, Department of Economics, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Research interest

Distribution of income and wealth, international migration, macroeconomics of housing, human capital formation, health economics, economics of aging, bequest taxation

Past positions

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Fribourg (10/2005–08/2008); Assistant Professor (“Oberassistent”), Socioeconomic Institute, University of Zurich (09/2000–09/2005); Research & Teaching Assistant (“Wissenschaftlicher Assistent”), Department of Economics, University of Regensburg (01/1997–08/2000)


Dr rer. pol., University of Regensburg, 2000

Selected publications

  • “Does expansion of higher education lead to trickle-down growth.” Journal of Public Economics 132 (2016): 79–94 (with S. Böhm and T. M. Steger).

  • “Oligarchic land ownership, entrepreneurship, and economic development.” Journal of Development Economics 101:1 (2013): 206–215 (with J. Falkinger).

  • “Does international mobility of high-skilled workers aggravate between-country inequality?” Journal of Development Economics 95:1 (2011): 88–94 (with D. Stadelmann).

  • “Should continued family firms face lower taxes than other estates?” Journal of Public Economics 94:1–2 (2010): 87–101 (with H. Strulik).

  • “Institutions and development: The interaction between trade regime and political system.” Journal of Economic Growth 10:3 (2005): 229–270 (with J. Falkinger).