RWI Research Seminar

Aims and Scope

» External guests (national as well as international) present their scientific papers in the RWI Research Seminar series. Usually, the seminars take place on Mondays or Fridays, 11:00-12:00 (including discussion).


Alexander Koch (Aarhus University): Internal and External Commitment: An Experiment on Goal Brackets and Minimum Work Requirements (27  January 2017)

Bernhard Bookmann (IAB): Mentoring disadvantaged youths during school-to-work transition: evidence from Germany (20 February 2017)

Pieter Bakx (Erasmus University Rotterdam): Health effects of a nursing home admission, (06 March 2017)

Keisuke Otsu (University of Kent): The Post-crisis Slump In Europe: A Business Cycle Accounting Analysis (08 March 2017)

Katja Görlitz (Freie Universität Berlin): Parenthood, risk attitudes and behavioral changes (27 March 2017)

Andreas Peichl (ZEW): Do Savings Increase in Response to Salient Information About Retirementand Expected Pensions? (03 April 2017)

Carlos Carrillo-Tudela (University of Essex): Unemployment and Endogenous Reallocation over the Business Cycle (12 April 2017)

Katharina Fischer (Universität Duisburg-Essen): Information on pharmaceutical product quality and physician adoption (10 May 2017)


Steffen Müller (Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (IWH)): Job Displacement from Young and Small Firms (18 January 2016)

Yonas Alem (University of Gothenburg, Schweden): Liquidity Constraint, LPG Stoves and Charcoal Consumption: Evidence from a Randomised Controlled Trial in Tanzania (12 February 2016)

Robert Czudaj (Universität Duisburg-Essen): Capital Flows and GDP in Emerging Economies and Global Spillovers (4 March 2016)

Joel Stiebale (Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE)): Multinational Firms, Technology and Relocation (7 March 2016)

Andreas Steinmayr (LMU München): Exposure to Refugees and Voting for the Far-Right. (Unexpected) Results from Austria (21 March 2016)

Florian Lehmer (IAB Nürnberg, Germany): Revisiting the Increasing Wage Inequality in Germany: The Role of Tasks (2 May 2016)

Julio Robledo (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany): The Role of Firm Size in Choice and Enforcement of Patent Protection (9 May 2016)

Michael Roos (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany): Global Production, Climate, and Societal Values (19 May 2016)

Julio Robledo (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany): The Role of Firm Size in Choice and Enforcement of Patent Protection (9 May 2016)

Jeanette Brosig-Koch (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany): The Effects of Competition on Medical Service Provision - A Laboratory Test (23 May 2016)

Frank Goetzke (University of Louisville): Housing Prices, Gasoline Cost, and the Real Estate Crash of 2007–09 (30 May 2016)

Stefanie Schurer (University of Sydney): Education and non-cognitive skill development (31 May 2016)

Daniel Kühnle (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany): Early Child Care and Children’s Skill Development (1 June 2016)

Jan Bietenbeck (Lund University, Sweden): The Long-Term Impacts of Low-Achieving Childhood Peers: Evidence from Project STAR (28 June 2016)

Sebastian T. Braun (IfW Kiel, Germany): Testing Recent Theories with Evidence from Germany (4 July 2016)

Nicolas Salamanca (Melbourne Institute, Australia): Parenting Style as an Invetment in Human Development (11 July 2016)

Stefan Lamp (Yale University, USA): Sunspots that matter: behavioral biases in solar investment (14 July 2016)

Vincent Chandler (Saint Mary's University): What can we learn from doctoral scholarships (18 July 2016)

Steven Stillman (University of Bozen, Italy): Testing Theories of Gender Discrimination using Linked Employer-Employee Data (22 September 2016)

Christian Merkl (Universität Nürnberg-Erlangen, Germany): Business Cycle Asymmetries and the Labor Market (5 October 2016)

Thomas Grebel (Technische Universität Ilmenau): Measuring Technical Change in Renewable Energy Using DEA (10 October 2016)

Hermann Gartner (IAB Nürnberg): Wage posting as a positive selection device (14 November 2016)

Simon Janssen (IAB Nürnberg): The shelf-life of medium skilled workers in times of fundamental technological change (25 November 2016)

Thomas Cornelissen (University of York, United Kingdom): Peer Effects in the Workplace (6 December 2016)

Peter Zweifel (University of Zurich, Switzerland): A novel way to compare healthcare systems and to assess their potential competitiveness (12 December 2016)


Volker Böhm (Universität Bielefeld): Macroeconomic Modelling of Labour Markets (7. Januar 2015)

Stepan Jurajda (Charles University Prague): Gender Composition of Tertiary Education and Early Fertility (19. Januar 2015)

Robert Nuscheler (Universität Augsburg): Maternal Preferences and Child Prevention (30. Januar 2015)

Wilhelm Kuttler (Universität Duisburg Essen): Stadtklimaforschung und globaler Klimawandel
(2. Februar 2015)

Heinz Holling (Universität Münster): Meta-Analysis - an Efficient Statistical Method for Research Synthesis (12. Februar 2015)

Joseph Capuno (University of the Philippines School of Economics - zur Zeit Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies): Yardstick Competition and Redistributive Transfers: The Case of Social Health Insurance Coverage of the Poor under Decentralization in the Philippines (13. Februar 2015)

Nikolas Mittag (CERGE-EI, Prag): Using a Simple Method to Estimate Large Fixed Effects Models to Analyze Matching and Wage Dynamics at Job Transitions (19. Februar 2015)

Florian Baumann (DICE): We Want them all Covered! Collective Bargaining and Firm Heterogeneity. Theory and Evidence from Germany (10. März 2015)

Martin Karlsson (University of Duisburg-Essen): Thema wird noch bekannt gegeben (13. März 2015)

Ingo Isphording (IZA): Big Fishes in Small Ponds: Ability Rank and Human Capital Investment (16. März 2015)

Mark Piopiunik (Ifo-Institut): Weak Markets, Strong Teachers: Recession at Career Start and Teacher Effectiveness (17. März 2015)

Timo Kuosmanen (Aalto University, Helsinki): A Brief Introduction into Production and Efficiency Analysis and an Example: The Finnish Energy Regulation (25. März 2015)

Daniel Baumgarten (LMU München): Temporary Agency Work and the Great Recession (7. Mai 2015)

Arne Gieseck (EZB): Forecasting at the ECB (19. Juni 2015)

Ira Gang (Economic Department, Rutgers School of Arts and Science): Titel wird noch bekannt gegeben (25. Juni 2015)

Hendrik Jürges (BU Wuppertal): Political Conflict, Child Mental Health, and Cognitive Development (30. Juni 2015)

Christina Gathmann (Universität Heidelberg): Access to Citizenship and the Social Integration of Immigrants (23. Oktober 2015)

Klaus Nowotny (Universität Salzburg, Österreich): Are Overqualified Migrants Self-selected? Evidence from CEE Countries (30. Oktober 2015)

Kenneth Sorensen (Universität Aarhus, Dänemark): Heterogeneous Effects on Earnings from an Early Effort in Labor Market Programs (2. November 2015)

Colin Green (Lancaster University): Female Directors, Key Committees, and Firm Performance (26. November 2015)

Kerstin Schneider (Bergische Universität Wuppertal): Quiet please! Adverse Effects of Noise on Child Development (7. Dezember 2015)

Bastien Chabé-Ferret (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgien): Baby Boom or Baby Bust: The Great Depression, Uncertainty and Fertility (18. Dezember 2015)


Dr. Alfredo Paloyo (University of Wollongong):  Effects of the "Blitzer-Marathon" NRW: Synthetic Control Method Approach (10. Januar 2014)

Prof. Andries de Grip (Maastricht University): Retirement and Cognitive Development in the Netherlands: Are the Retired Really Inactive? (24. Januar 2014)

Dr. Astrid Kunze (Norwegian School of Economics): Are All of the Good Men Fathers? The Effect of Having Children on Earnings (27. Januar 2014)

Pilar Garcia-Gomez (Erasmus School of Economics, Rotterdam): Early Life Circumstances and Earnings Over the Life-Cycle (24. Februar 2014)

Ansgar Wübker (Universität Witten-Herdecke): Invited, Informed and Fully Covered: Quasi-Experimental Evidence on the Effects of Local Breast Cancer Screening Policies (21. März 2014)

Prof. Bernd Fitzenberger (Universität Freiburg): The Award of a Training Voucher: Employment and Earnings Effects (3. April 2014)

Paul Elhorst (University of Groningen): Competition in Research Activity among Economic Departments: Evidence by Negative Spatial Autocorrelation (7. April 2014)

Frank Goetzke (University of Louisville): Testing for Spatial Equilibrium Using Happiness Data (7. April 2014)

Gerhard Glomm (University of Indiana): Fiscal Austerity Measures: Spending Cuts vs. Tax Increases (25. April 2014)

Timo Baas (Universität Duisburg-Essen): The Impact of Labour Market Reforms on Trading Partners (8. Mai 2014)

Christoph Schwierz (EcoFin): Erfahrungen der Europäischen Kommission mit Anpassungsprogrammen der EU-Krisenstaaten (13. Mai 2014)

Steven Stillman (University of Otago): The Effect of Social Networks on Economic Outcomes: Evidence from Maori Ties to their Rohe (26. Mai 2014)

Raymond Montizaan (Maastricht University): Training Policies and Retirement Expectations (30. Juni 2014)

Martin Siegel (TU Berlin): Developing an Index of Potential Accessibility to Health Care Services at a Small Area Level in Germany” (28. August 2014)

Deborah Cobb-Clark (University of Melbourne): Locus of Control and Savings (5. September 2014)

Pia Pinger (Universität Bonn): Intergenerational Effects of Economic Distress: Paternal Unemployment and Child Secondary Schooling Decisions (15. September 2014)

Subhrendu K. Pattanayak (Duke Sanford School of Public Policy): Cooking Up Change in the Himalayas: Evidence From Mixing Quasi-Experiments with an Experiment on Cookstove Promotion (23. September 2014)

Nadine Riedel (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): Large and Influential: Firm Size and Governments’ Corporate Tax Rate Choice (30. September 2014)

Matthias Hertweck (Universität Konstanz): The Aggregate Effects of the Hartz Reforms in Germany (24. Oktober 2014)

Joscha Beckmann (Universität Duisburg-Essen): Recent Results from Exchange Rate Forecasting (27. Oktober 2014)

Alfredo R. Paloyo (University of Wollongong): The Forgotten Evaluation Tool: An Encouragement Design Experiment on Supplemental Instruction (10. November 2014)

Colin Green (Lancaster University): Traffic Accidents and the London Congestion Charge (11. November 2014)

Sebastian Petrick (IfW Kiel): The Impact of Carbon Trading on Industry: Evidence from German Manufacturing Firms (3. Dezember 2014)

Vincent Pohl (Queens University): Reinvestigating How Welfare Reform Influences Labor Supply: A Multiple Testing Approach (16. Dezember 2014)


Daniel Schnitzlein (DIW): Like Brother, Like Sister – The Importance of Family Background for Cognitive and Noncognitive Skills (17. Januar 2013)

Josef Montag (Masaryk University): An Analysis of Gender Gap Using Sexual Orientation (25. Januar 2013)

Silke Anger (DIW): Stop Smoking, Your Paycheck Will Thank You! Wage Effects from Smoking Cessation (28. Januar 2013)

Andreas Knabe (Universität Magdeburg): Spillover Effects of Minimum Wages – Theory and Experimental Evidence (18. Februar 2013)

Axel Werwatz (TU Berlin): Location, Location, location: Extracting Location Value from House Prices (22. Februar 2013)

Maksym Obrizan (Kyiv School of Economics, z.Zt. Universität Duisburg-Essen): Health Expenditures and Life Expectancy Around the World: A Quantile Regression Approach (18. März 2013

Harald Hau (University of Geneva): Bank Ratings: What Determines their Quality? (25. März 2013)

Jan Rouwendal (University Amsterdam): Diverging House Prices (22. April 2013)

Jens Südekum (Universität Duisburg-Essen): Profiles of Local Growth and Industrial Change: Facts and an Explanation (17. Mai 2013)

Bernd Fitzenberger (Universität Freiburg): Benchmarking Regions: Estimating the Counterfactual Distribution of Labor Market Outcomes (8. Juli 2013)

Nathan Fiala (DIW): Credit Constraints, Occupational Choice, and the Process of Development: Long Run Evidence from Cash Transfers in Uganda (29. Juli 2013)

Dr. Sebastian Braun (IfW Kiel): Immigration and Structural Change: Evidence from Post-War Germany (18. Oktober 2013)

Prof. Øivind Anti Nilsen (Norwegian School of Economics): Assessing the Intergenerational Correlation in Disability Pension Recipiency (4. November 2013)

Prof. Andrea Weber (Universität Mannheim): Co-workers, Networks, and Job Search Outcomes (11. November 2013)

Dr. Boris Hirsch (Universität Nürnberg-Erlangen): The Cyclical Behaviour of Employers' Monopsony Power and Workers' Wages (12. November 2013)

Dr. Michael Boehm (LSE/IZA): Jobs, Houses, and Concentration? Evidence About the Locational Effects of Commuting Costs (15. November 2013)

Dr. Arne Uhlendorff (Universität Mannheim): The Role of Sickness in the Evaluation of Job Search Assistance and Sanctions (18. November 2013)

Dr. Daniel Avdic (Forschungsgruppenleiter am CINCH): Learning-by-doing in a High-skill Profession When Stakes Are High: Evidence from Advanced Cancer Surgery (13. Dezember 2013)


Marie Paul (Mercator School of Management): The Heterogeneous Effects of Training Incidence and Duration on Labor Market Transitions (12. März 2012)

Christian Bredemeier (TU Dortmund): Minimum Wages and Female Labor Supply in Germany (10. Mai 2012)

Michael Frank (eon-Kraftwerksleiter Kraftwerk Scholven): Konventionelle Erzeugung und schönes Wetter - wie verträgt sich das? (14. Mai 2012)

Tobias Kretschmer (LMU München): Pre-Entry Experience and Post-Entry Performance in The Global Mobile Telecoms Industry (4. Juni 2012)

Colin Green (Lancaster University): Play Hard, Shirk Hard? The Effect of Bar Hours Regulation on Absence (9. Juli 2012)

Giorgio Brunello (University of Padua): Books Are Forever: Early Life Conditions, Education and Lifetime Income (3. September 2012)

Thomas Siedler (Universität Hamburg): The Economics of Information: Job Information Centers and Labor Market Outcomes (13. September 2012)

Thomas Schlösser (Universität zu Köln): Why Do People Trust? Ruling out some Rational Accounts of Interpersonal Trust (19. September 2012)

Martin Karlsson (Universität Duisburg-Essen): Short- and Long-term Effects of Free Maternal Care – Evidence from a Natural Experiment (29. Oktober 2012)

Elke Jahn (IAB): Is There Monopsonistic Discrimination Against Immigrants? First Evidence from Linked Employer–employee Data (14. November 2012)

Juliane Köberlein-Neu (Bergisches Kompetenzzentrum für Gesundheitsmanagement und Public Health): The Impact of Prospective Financing Tools for Hospitals on Inpatient Care of Vulnerable Patient Groups in Europe (7. Dezember 2012)


Mathias Trabandt (EZB): Involuntary Unemployment and the Business Cycle (28. Februar 2011)

Bernd Wilfling (Universität Münster): Short-selling Constraints and Stock-return Volatility: Empirical Evidence from the German Stock Market (3. März 2011)

Tobias Hackmann (Forschungszentrum Generationenverträge Universität Freiburg): LOS(T) in Long-Term Care: Empirical Evidence from German Data 2000-2009 (3. Mai 2011)

Peter J. Kuhn (University of California): Gender Discrimination in Job Ads: Theory and Evidence (9. Mai 2011)

Andrew Clark (Paris School of Economics): Winning Big but Feeling No Better? The Effect of Lottery Prizes on Physical and Mental Health (12. Mai 2011)

Kornelius Kraft (TU Dortmund): Die Auswirkungen von Betriebsräten auf das Beschäftigungswachstum (23. Mai 2011)

Hendrik Jürges (Universität Wuppertal): Education and Health: What is the Evidence and What More Do We Need to Know? (30. Mai 2011)

Jan-Christoph Rülke (WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management): Do Private Sector Forecasters Herd from the German Council of Economic Experts? (9. Juni 2011)

Stefan Boeters (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis): Optimal Tax Progressivity in Unionised Labour Markets – Simulation Results for Germany (18. August 2011)

Jörg Spenkuch (University of Chicago): Racial Discrimination and Job Finding (24. Oktober 2011)

Michael Grimm (ISS Rotterdam): Investment Decisions of Small Entrepreneurs in a Context of Strong Sharing Norms (14. November 2011)

Andreas Schmid (Universität Bayreuth): Consolidation and Concentration in the German Hospital Market (13. Dezember 2011)


Michael Roos (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): Caught in the past: The role of historical data in expectation formation (17. Februar 2010)

Daniel Hamermesh (University of Texas): Strike Three: Discrimination, Incentives and Evaluation (11. März 2010)

Martin Werding (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): How do migrants choose their destination country? An analysis of Institutional Determinants (18. März 2010)

Malte Hübner (Sachverständigenrat): Welfare Competition in Germany: Decentralization, the Intensity of Competition and some evidence for the factor flow theory (15. April 2010)

Thomas Zwick (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München): Which personnel measures are effective in increasing the productivity of older employees? (19. April 2010)

Ronald Schettkat (Universität Wuppertal): Gedöns und andere wichtige Sachen von der sozialen Revolution (29. April 2010)

Ben Kriechel (University of Maastricht): On the reform of a firm's hierarchical workplace (3. Mai 2010)

Sue Man Fan (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): Modern tests for forecast evaluation and their application to asset price models (27. Mai 2010)

Bernhad Boockmann (IAW): Intensifying the Use of Benefit Sanctions: An Effective Tool to Activate Welfare Recipients? (7. Juni 2010)

Todd Sorensen (University of California): The Effect of Immigration on Ethnic Composition and Occupational Reallocation (14. Juni 2010)

Nicole Gürtzgen (ZEW): Wage Insurance within German Firms – Do Institutions matter? (24. Juni 2010)

Heiko Peters (Sachverständigenrat): Outside Board Memberships of CEOs: Signal for Expertise or Entrenchment? (1. Juli 2010)

Mark Wooden (University of Melbourne): Transitions Out of Casual Employment: The Australian Experience (8. Juli 2010)

Hans Georg Nehen (Universität Duisburg-Essen): Probleme der Gerontologie/der Geriatrie (11. Oktober 2010)

Andreas Werblow (TU Dresden): Einfluss des Demografischen Wandels auf die Patientenstruktur in deutschen Krankenhäusern (8. November2010)

Bruce Chapman (Australian National University): Student Loan Reforms for German Higher Education: Financing Tuition Fees (12. November 2010)

Kai Konrad (Max-Planck-Institut): Social mobility and redistributive taxation (18. November 2010)

Olivier Bargain (University College Dublin): Tax-Benefit Systems in Europe and the US:  between Equity and Efficiency (29. November 2010)


Joop Hartog (University of Amsterdam): Risk Attitude and Wage Growth: Replication and Reconstruction (8. Januar 2009)

Jaap Abbring (Free University of Amsterdam): Mixed Hitting Time Models (with a labor market application) (22. Januar 2009)

Jan Erik Askildsen (University of Bergen): Monitoring prioritization in a public health care sector (9. Februar 2009)

Hartmut Lehmann (University of Bologna): Wage policies of a Russian firm and the financial crisis of 1998: Evidence from personnel data – 1997 to 2002 (18. Februar 2009)

Konstantinos Tatsiramos (IZA Bonn): Explaining how delayed motherhood affects fertility dynamics in Europe. (19. Februar 2009)

Joop Hartog (University of Amsterdam): Risk Attitude and Wage Growth: Replication and Reconstruction (11. März 2009)

Uwe Sunde (Universität St. Gallen, IZA Bonn): Life Expectancy and Economic Growth: The Role of the Demographic Transition (19. März 2009)

Horst Entorf (Universität Frankfurt): Is Being Soft on Crime the Solution to Rising Crime Rates? Evidence from Germany (1. April 2009)

Frank Nikolaus (Berufsverband der Unternehmensstrukturierer): Unternehmensrestrukturierung in den Zeiten der Finanzkrise. Sanierungsfeindliches Umfeld? (25. Juni 2009)

Christian von Weizsäcker (Universität zu Köln): Staatsschulden als weltwirtschaftliches Steuerungsinstrument (16. Juli 2009)

Colin Green (Universität Lancaster): Employment Protection, Threat and Incentive Effects on Worker Absence (23. Juli 2009)

Robert Schwager (Universität Göttingen): Fiskalwettbewerb im Hochschulwesen (13. August 2009)

Agata Maida (Laboratorio Revelli): Rent-sharing, Holdup, and Wages: Evidence from Matched Panel Data (29. Oktober 2009)

Rudolf Winter-Ebmer (Universität Linz): Price points in e-commerce (26. Oktober 2009)

Kerstin Schneider (Universität Wuppertal): „Freie“ Schulwahl in Deutschland: Die Effekte der Auflösung der Grundschulbezirke in NRW (19. November 2009)

Arne Uhlendorf (Universität Mannheim): Benefit Duration, Unemployment Duration and Job Match Quality: A Regression-Discontinuity Approach (26. November 2009)


Markus Pannenberg (FH Bielefeld/DIW Berlin): Risk Aversion, Reservation Wages and Search Intensity: Evidence for Germany (6. März 2008)

Marco Sahm (Universität München): Optimal Democratic Mechanisms for Income Taxation and Public Good Provision (13. März 2008)

Justina Fischer (Stockholm School of Economics): Globalization and Protection of Employment (17. April 2008)

Juan Barón (Australien National University): Locus of Control, Parental Background, and Youth’ Educational Outcomes (24. April 2008)

Carsten Colombier und Werner Weber (Finanzministerium der Schweiz): Langfristperspektiven der öff entlichen Finanzen in der Schweiz (15. Mai 2008)

Thomas Kopetsch (Kassenärztliche Bundesvereinigung): Gesundheitspolitik (29. Mai 2008)

Thomas Dohmen (University of Maastricht): Are Risk Aversion and Impatience Related to Cognitive Ability (29. Mai 2008)

Franesca Fabbri (Universität München): Intermarriage and Labour Market Performance: Ethnic Minorities in Britain (26. Juni 2008)

Holger Bonin (ZEW Mannheim): Incidence and Sources of Wage Rigidity in Germany: Evidence from a New Employer Survey (17. Juli 2008)

Steven Stillmann (Motu Economic and Public Policy Research): The Impact of Immigration on Child Health: Experimental Evidence from a Migration Lottery Program (15. Oktober 2008)

Bernd Jonas (ThyssenKrupp): Höhe der Steuersubstratverlagerung deutscher Unternehmen ins Ausland (16. Oktober 2008)

Laszlo Goerke (Universität Tübingen): An Economic Analysis of Dismissal Legislation: Determinants of Severance Pay in West Germany (12. November 2008)

Bas ter Weel (University of Maastricht): Economics and Psychology of Personality Traits (20. November 2008)

Christoph Wunder (Universität Bamberg): Alter und Lebenszufriedenheit: Einige Überlegungen zu inhaltlichen und methodischen Aspekten (4. Dezember 2008)

Carlos Carrillo-Tudela (University of Leicester): Human Capital Accumulation and Labor Market Equilibrium (17. Dezember 2008)

Liana Jacobi (University of Melbourne): Climbing the Drug Staircase: A Bayesian Analysis of the Initiation of Hard Drug Use (18. Dezember 2008)


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