Research Interests

Labor Economics, Family Policy, Migration
Public Economics, Political Economy, Health Economics
Policy Evaluation, Microeconometrics

Working Papers

“Spillover Effects of Mass Layoffs” (with Ines Helm and Uta Schönberg), Working Paper, April 2017, Revise & Resubmit.

“Where Do Policy Innovations Come from? Theory and Evidence from the U.S. Welfare Reform” (with Andreas Bernecker and Pierre Boyer) December 2015; previous version: IZA Discussion Paper No. 9113.

“Citizenship and Social Integration” (with Nicolas Keller und Ole Monscheuer), IZA Working Paper No., July 2017.

“Free Childcare and its Effects on Children and their Families” (with Anna Busse), Working Paper, December 2016.


“Access to Citizenship and the Economic Assimilation of Immigrants” (with Nicolas Keller), Economic Journal, forthcoming. DOI: 10.1111/ecoj.12546

“Taxing Childcare: Effects on Family Labor Supply and Children” (with Björn Saß), Journal of Labor Economics, forthcoming.

"Compulsory Schooling and Mortality in 20th Century Europe" (with Hendrick Jürges and Steffen Reinhold), Social Science and Medicine, 127 (2015): 74-82.

"Setting Up an Online Panel Representative of the General Population: The German Internet Panel" (with Annelies Blom and Ulrich Krieger), Field Methods, 27 (4) (2015): 391-408.

"Gender Gaps in Policy Making: Evidence from Direct Democracy in Switzerland" (with Patricia Funk), Economic Policy, 30, 81 ( 2015): 141-181.

"Voter Preferences, Direct Democracy and Government Spending" (with Patricia Funk), European Journal of Political Economy, 32 (2013): 300-319.

"How do Electoral Systems Affect Fiscal Policy? Evidence from Cantonal Parliaments, 1890 to 2000" (with Patricia Funk), Journal of the European Economic Association (JEEA), 11, 5 (2013): 1178-1203. Working paper version

"The Gorbachev Anti-Alcohol Campaign and Russia's Mortality Crisis" (with Grant Miller and Jay Bhattacharya), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 5, 2 (2013): 232-60. Working paper version

"Does Direct Democracy Reduce the Size of Government? New Evidence from Historical Data, 1890-2000" (with Patricia Funk), Economic Journal, 121 (2011), 557:1252-1280. Working paper version

"Overseas Trade and the Decline of Privateering" (with Henning Hillmann), Journal of Economic History, 71, 3 (September 2011): 730-761. Working paper version

"How General is Human Capital? A Task-Based Approach" (with Uta Schönberg), Journal of Labor Economics, 28, 1 (2010): 1-50 (lead article). Working paper version

"Effects of Enforcement on Illegal Markets: Evidence from Migrant Smugglers Along the Southwestern Border", Journal of Public Economics, 92, 10-11 (2008): 1926-1941. Working paper version

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