I am currently employed as labor market specialist and head of the labor market section at KOF Swiss Economic Institute at ETH Zurich. I am an affiliate of the Immigration Policy Lab at ETH. I received a PhD from ETH Zurich (Dr. sc. ETH), a Master of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Bern. My dissertation was awarded the SIAF Award 2017. Here is my google scholar profile.


My research interests are labor economics, migration, and empirical macroeconomics. A recurrent topic is the factors and policies that shape firms' demand for workers. Using innovative data sources and rigorous empirical methods, I have, for instance, studied the effects of minimum wages, immigration restrictions, short-time work, and exchange rates on labor demand. My work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, the Journal of the European Economic Association, Nature, and the Review of Economics and Statistics, among others. My position as labor market specialist has a strong policy focus, and entails policy advising, forecasting, and media work. I have been listed among the 30 most influential economists in Switzerland in the NZZ Ă–konomenranking.

News

We published a report how the Swiss cantons implemented the Job Search Registration requirement. We find a large heterogeneity between cantons and room for improvement. Here is a summary in Die Volkswirtschaft.

Our paper "Monitoring hiring discrimination through online recruitment platforms" was published in Nature and featured on the cover of the issue:

Contact

KOF Swiss Economic Institute
Leonhardstrasse 21
LEE G301
8092 Zurich
Switzerland
siegenthaler@kof.ethz.ch
Tel. +41 44 633 93 67
Here is my personal KOF Webpage.