Nico Pestel

Maastricht University, the Netherlands

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson


Labor supply, Air pollution and human capital, Marriage markets, Political economy, Inequality, Income taxation




German - Native speaker, Dutch - Native speaker, English - Non-native speaker

Media experience

Print, Digital, Television, Radio



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Current position

Associate Professor, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), Maastricht University, the Netherlands

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Federal Environment Agency, Germany

Past positions

Senior Research Associate and Team Leader, IZA, Germany


PhD Economics, University of Cologne, 2013

Selected publications

  • "Minority salience and political extremism." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 13:3 (2021) 237–271 (with T. Colussi and I. Isphording).

  • "Does re-opening schools contribute to the spread of SARS-CoV-2? Evidence from staggered summer breaks in Germany." Journal of Public Economics 198 (2021) (with I. Isphording and M. Lipfert).

  • "Health effects of low emission zones: Evidence from German hospitals." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 109 (2021) (with F.Wozny).

  • "Pandemic meets pollution: Poor air quality increases deaths by COVID-19." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 108 (2021) (with I. Isphording).

  • "Productivity effects of air pollution: Evidence from professional soccer." Labour Economics 48 (2017): 54–66 (with A. Lichter and E. Sommer).