IZA and Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Germany
Research Associate, IZA, Germany
Labor economics, empirical public economics, environmental economics
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Federal Environment Agency, Germany
PhD Economics, University of Cologne, 2013
“The politicians’ wage gap: Insights from German members of parliament.” Public Choice 156:3–4 (2013): 653–676 (with A. Peichl and S. Siegloch).
“Does size matter? The impact of changes in household structure on income distribution in Germany.” Review of Income and Wealth 58:1 (2012): 118–141 (with A. Peichl and H. Schneider).
Does a switch in energy policy toward more renewable sources create or destroy jobs in an industrial country?Nico Pestel, July 2014Many industrial countries are replacing conventional power plants with renewable energy sources. Green energy policies might affect employment in different ways. A policy shift toward a low-carbon green economy may create new and additional “green jobs” in renewable energy sources and energy-efficiency technologies. However, this may potentially come with the crowding out of employment in other sectors. In addition, energy prices may increase owing to feed-in tariffs subsidizing renewables. The resulting burden may in turn stifle labor demand in industrial sectors and reduce the purchasing power of private households.MoreLess