I am Professor of Economics at the University of Munich. I am also Director of the Ifo Center for Labour Market Research and Family Economics at the Ifo Institute. Previously, I was a faculty member in the School of Economics and Finance at the University of St Andrews. I received my PhD in Economics from the University of Essex in 2005.    

My main areas of interest are family economics, labour economics and applied microeconomics. Please use the links on top to navigate this webpage and to learn more about my work.

Contact: Ifo Institute, Poschingerstr. 5, 81679 Munich; Email: rainer@ifo.de; Phone: +49(0)89-9224-1607.

New Research:
"Why Birthright Citizenship Matters for Immigrant Children: Impacts on Parental Educational Choices" (with C. Felfe and J. Saurer), 2016. [Link]
"Family-Specific Investments and Divorce: A Theory of Dynamically Inconsistent Household Behavior" (with D. Anderberg and K. Roeder), CESifo Working Paper No. 5996, 2016. [Link]

Selected Recent Publications:

"When Labor Disputes Bring Cities to a Standstill: The Impact of Public Transit Strikes on Traffic, Accidents, Air Pollution and Health" (with S. Bauernschuster and T. Hener)
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, forthcoming. [Link]
"Unemployment and Domestic Violence: Theory and Evidence" (with D. Anderberg, J. Wadsworth and T. Wilson)
Economic Journal, forthcoming. [Link]

"Children of a (Policy) Revolution: The Introduction of Universal Childcare and its Effect on Fertility" (with S. Bauernschuster and T. Hener)
Journal of the European Economic Association, 2016, 14(4), 975-1005. [Link]

"Pigou Meets Ramsey: Gender-Based Taxation with Non-Cooperative Couples" (with V. Meier)
European Economic Review, 2015, 77, 28-46. [Link]