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    Career paths of PhD graduates in eastern and western Germany: Same qualification, same labor market Outcomes?

    15 January 2020

    This paper investigates the extent to which the returns to gaining a PhD degree depend upon the region of birth, the region where the degree was earned, and the place of work. Eastern Germany serves as an interesting showcase in light of the ongoing debate surrounding the underrepresen-tation of eastern Germans in top positions in Germany. We examine the career paths of eastern and western German PhD graduates who completed their dissertations between 1995 and 2010. We estimate the returns with regard to obtaining a job suited to their skill level and with high wages.

    IAB-Discussion Paper 1/2020


    Occupational routine-intensity and the costs of job loss: evidence from mass layoffs

    23 December 2019

    This paper analyses how differences in the degree of occupational routine-intensity affect the costs of job loss. We use worker-level data on mass layoffs in Germany between 1980 and 2010 and provide causal evidence that workers who used to be employed in more routine-intensive occupations suffer larger and more persistent earnings losses after the mass layoff. Furthermore, we are able to show that, at least initially, earnings losses are primarily due to a reduction in the number of days in employment, suggesting that routine-intensive workers face considerable frictions in the adjustment to job loss. Conditional on finding a new job, routine-intensive workers are more likely to change their occupations but end up systematically in the lower end of their new occupation’s wage distribution.

    IAB-Discussion Paper 25/2019


    Reforming the German basic income system in international perspective: yes to new avenues, no to a fundamental change

    12 December 2019

    Four Hands hold a note with the words "basic needs"In Germany, politicians and the public have been debating for quite some time now whether the means-tested basic income scheme, colloquially referred to as Hartz IV, should be fundamentally reformed or even replaced by an unconditional basic income. Discussions, pilot projects and reform-attempts in this area can also be observed in other countries. A look beyond national borders is therefore highly instructive for the German – and international – reform debate.

    The article can be found in our Magazine IAB-Forum.


    The Quality-Weighted Matching Function: Did the German Labour Market Reforms Trade of Efficiency against Job Quality?

    04 December 2019
    In this paper we evaluate the quantity-quality trade-off on the labor market by estimating an augmented matching function weighting the matches by quality measures. We use the approach to evaluate the German labor market reforms conducted between 2003 and 2005. Indeed, we find a significant quantity-quality trade-off. However, even after controlling for job quality, a good half of the positive effect of reforms on the matching efficiency remains.

    IAB-Discussion Paper 24/2019

    Scarcity drives employment growth

    21 November 2019

    Businessman looks at red figure through magnifying glassWhat is driving Germany’s continued upturn in employment? It has been a while since Hartz reforms and business cycles have lost much of their importance for the labour market. Decisive for the upward trend is a self-reinforcing effect: in view of the increasing scarcity of labour, employers are securing valuable manpower for themselves.

    The article can be found in our Magazine IAB-Forum.



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  • Career paths of PhD graduates in eastern and western Germany: Same qualification, same labor market Outcomes?
    IAB-Discussion Paper 1/2020
  • Occupational routine-intensity and the costs of job loss: evidence from mass layoffs
    IAB-Discussion Paper 25/2019
  • The Quality-Weighted Matching Function: Did the German Labour Market Reforms Trade of Efficiency against Job Quality?
    IAB-Discussion Paper 24/2019

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