Current Research

Wage Posting as a Positive Selection Device: Theory and Empirical Evidence (with Christian Holzner) CESifo working paper, 5494, Munich

Labor Selection over the Business Cycle: An Empirical Assessment (with Brigitte Hochmuth, Britta Kohlbrecher and Christian Merkl) IWF Discussion Paper 2-2016, Nuremberg

Firms and Workers Search Channels (with Carlos Carrillo-Tudela and Leo Kaas)

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals


Implicit contracts and industrial relations – Evidence from German employer-employee data,
In: Economics Bulletin, 2015, Vol. 35, No. 1, S. 298-304.

Wage bargaining or wage posting? Evidence from the employers’ side,
In: Labour Economics, 2014, Vol. 29, S. 41-48 (with Hanna Brenzel and Claus Schnabel).

Wage Cyclicality under Different Regimes of Industrial Relations,
In: Industrial Relations, 2013, Vol. 52, No 2, S. 516-540 (with Thorsten Schank and Claus Schnabel).

Sclerosis and Large Volatilities: Two Sides of the Same Coin.
In: Economics Letters, 2012, Vol. 117, No 1, S 106–109 (with Christian Merkl and Thomas Rothe). Previous version circulated as They are even larger! More (on) puzzling labor market volatilities. Kiel Working Paper, 1545

Estimating German overqualification with stochastic earnings frontiers.
In: Advances in Statistical Analysis, 2010, Vol. 94, No 1, 2010, S. 33-51 (with Uwe Jensen and Susanne Rässler).

Regional price levels and the agglomeration wage differential in western Germany.
In: The Annals of Regional Science, Vol. 43, No 1, 2009, 71–88 (with Uwe Blien, Heiko Stüber and Katja Wolf).

The Allocation of Money in Couples: The End of Inequality?
In: Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Jg. 35, H. 3, 2006, S. 212-226 (with Jutta Allmendinger and Wolfgang Ludwig-Mayerhofer).

The linked employer-employee dataset created from the IAB establishment panel and the process-produced data of the IAB (LIAB).

In: Schmollers Jahrbuch. Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Jg. 125, H. 2, 2005, S. 327-336 (with Holger Alda and Stefan Bender). Discussionpaper-Version


Geschlechtsspezifische Lohnungleichheit in Betrieben, Berufen und Jobzellen (1993–2006). [Gender wage inequality in firms, occupations, and job-cells (1993-2006)]
In: Berliner Journal für Soziologie, Jg. 19, H. 4, 2009, S. 557-575 (with Thomas Hinz).

Ein janusköpfiger Aufschwung: Beschäftigungsgewinne und Polarisierung. [A Janus-faced recovery: Growth of employment and polarisation]
In: WSI-Mitteilungen, Jg. 61, H. 8, 2008, S. 439-446 (with Sabine Klinger).

Geschlechtsspezifische Lohnunterschiede in Branchen, Berufen und Betrieben.[Gender wage inequality in firms, occupations, and establishments]
In: Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Jg. 34, H. 1, 2005, S. 22-39 (with Thomas Hinz).

Bonus oder Bias? Mechanismen geschlechtsspezifischer Entlohnung. [Bonus or Bias? Mechanism of gender-specific Remuneration]
In: Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, Jg. 57, H. 3, 2005, S. 466-493 (with Juliane Achatz and Timea Glück).

Fakten zur Entwicklung der qualifikatorischen und sektoralen Lohnstruktur. [Facts on the development of the qualification-related and sectoral stracture of wages in Germany]
In: Mitteilungen aus der Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung, Jg. 36, H. 4, 2003, S. 493-508 (with Lutz Bellmann).

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Volumes

Wage structure and labor mobility in the private sector in West Germany 1993-2000.
In: E. Lazear & K. Shaw (eds.) An International Comparison of the Structure of Wages, with Holger Alda and Lutz Bellmann, NBER, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2009, S. 261-313.

Gender wage inequality and rent-sharing. Evidence from German linked employer-employee dataset.
In: B. Mahy, R. Plasman & F. Rycx (eds.) Gender pay differentials Cross-national evidence from micro-data, (Applied econometrics association series), Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, S. 118-131.

Selected Discussionpaper


Wage subsidies for needy job-seekers and their effect on individual labour market outcomes after the German reforms.
IZA Discussion Paper, 3772 (2008), Bonn (with Sarah Bernhard and Gesine Stephan).

Analyzing the changing gender wage gap based on multiply imputed right censored wages.
IAB Discussion Paper, 05/2005, Nürnberg (with Susanne Rässler).

The imputation of wages above the contribution limit with the German IAB employment sample.
FDZ Methodenreport, 02/2005, Nürnberg.
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How collective contracts and works councils reduce the gender wage gap.
IAB Discussion Paper, 07/2004, Nürnberg (with Gesine Stephan).


Arbeitsförderung für Langzeitarbeitslose. Erste Befunde zu Eingliederungsleistungen des SGB III im Rechtskreis SGB II. [Active labor markt policy for longterm unemployed. First results on programs for the recipients of unemployment benefit II]
IAB-Forschungsbericht, 03/2006, Nürnberg (with Sarah Heinemann and Eva Jozwiak).

Das Auszugsverhalten junger Menschen. Eine Untersuchung in Westdeutschland für die Jahre 1985-1999. [When young people leaving home. A study for west Germany (1985 to 1999)]
Sonderforschungsbereich Statistische Analyse Diskreter Strukturen. Discussion paper, 315, 2003, München (with Thorsten Scholtz).

Multiple Imputation von fehlenden Werten mit Daten über Unterernährung und Kindersterblichkeit. [Multiple Imputation of missing values with data on undernutrition and child mortality]
Sonderforschungsbereich Statistische Analyse Diskreter Strukturen. Discussion paper, 322, 2003, München (with Sandro Scheid).