Conny Wunsch

University of Basel, Switzerland, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Labor Economics, University of Basel, Switzerland

Research interest

Labor economics, in particular the evaluation and optimal design of policies targeted at the unemployed

Past positions

Associate Professor, VU University Amsterdam (06/2011–08/2013; part-time until 08/2012); Assistant Professor of Economics, University of St. Gallen (02/2009–06/2012); Postdoctoral Fellow, Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research, University of St. Gallen (05/2008–06/2012)


PhD Economics and Finance, University of St. Gallen, 2008

Selected publications

  • “Government-sponsored vocational education for adults.” In: Hanushek, E. A., S. J. Machin, and L. Woessmann (eds). Handbook of the Economics of Education, Volume 5. Amsterdam: North-Holland, 2016; pp. 479–652 (with B. McCall and J. Smith).

  • “Workplace health promotion and labour market performance of employees.” Journal of Health Economics 43 (2015): 170–189 (with M. Huber and M. Lechner).

  • “Optimal use of labor market policies: The role of job search assistance.” Review of Economics and Statistics 95:3 (2013): 1030–1045.

  • “Evaluating nationwide health interventions: Malawi’s insecticide treated net distribution programme.” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A 177:2 (2013): 523–552 (with E. Deuchert).

  • “The performance of estimators based on the propensity score.” Journal of Econometrics 175:1 (2013): 1–21 (with M. Huber and M. Lechner).