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Prof. Dr. Ronnie Schöb



Boltzmannstr. 20
Room 211b
D-14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 838 4 51244

Office hours

Tuesday, 14:15-15:45 p.m. (by appointment only, call 030-838 51244 or write an e-mail to ls-schoeb@wiwiss.fu-berlin.de)

Personal Data. Born 3rd January 1962 in Oberstdorf, Germany, married, one child.

Academic qualifications. Diplom-Volkswirt (equiv. M.A. in Economics) (1987). Dr. oec. publ., University of Munich (1994). Habilitation, University of Munich (2000).

Previous positions. Lecturer (A13), Department of Economics, University of Munich (1989-94). Visiting Lecturer, University of Essex, UK (1994-95). Senior Lecturer (C1), Department of Economics, University of Munich (1995-2001). Managing director of Verein für Socialpolitik (German Economic Association) (1997-2000). Visiting Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario, Canada (2000-01). Visiting professor, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (2001-02). Full professor for public economics (C4), Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (April 2002- March 2007). Dean, School of Business & Economics, Freie Universität Berlin (July 2010 – April 2013)

Present position. Full professor for international public economics (W3), Freie Universität Berlin (since April 2007). Research Professor, Ifo-Institute Dresden (since May 2008).


Curriculum Vitae


Winter semester 2019/20

  • Lecture Introduction to Economics (Bachelor)
  • Lecture Labor Market Policy (Master)

Summer semester 2019

  • Lecture European Policy (Bachelor)
  • Seminar Poverty Prevention in Labor Market and Social Policy

Winter semester 2018/19

  • Lecture Introduction to Economics (Bachelor)
  • Lecture Welfare State Reforms (Master)

Summer semester 2018

Research semester

Winter semester 2017/18

  • Lecture Introduction to Economics (Bachelor)
  • Lecture Labor Market Policy (Master)

Summer semester 2017

  • Lecture European Policy (Bachelor)

Winter semester 2016/2017

  • Lecture Introduction to Economics (Bachelor)
  • Lecture Welfare State Reforms (Master)
  • Seminar Minimum Wages (Bachelor)

Summer semester 2016

  • Lecture Environmental Economics (Bachelor)
  • Seminar Poverty Prevention in Labor Market and Social Policy

Winter semester 2015/2016

  • Lecture Introduction to Economics (Bachelor)
  • Lecture Labor Market Policy (Master)
  • Seminar Normative Behavioral Economics (Master)

Summer semester 2015

  • Lecture European Policy (Bachelor)
  • Lecture Welfare State Reforms (Master)

Winter semester 2014/15

  • Lecture Introduction to Economics (Bachelor)
  • Seminar Behavioral Public Economics (Master)

Winter semester 2013/14

  • Lecture Microeconomics (Bachelor)
  • Lecture Labor Market Policy (Master)

Summer semester 2013

  • Lecture Welfare State Reforms (Master)
  • Seminar Market and Morals (Master)
  • Lecture Environmental Economics (Bachelor)

Winter semester 2012/13

  • Lecture Introduction to Economics (Bachelor)

Summer semester 2012

  • Lecture International Public Economics (Master)

  • Lecture Environmental Economics (Bachelor)

Winter semester 2011/12

  • Lecture Labor Market Policy (Master)

Summer semester 2011

  • Seminar Behavioral Public Economics (Master)

Winter semester 2010/11

  • Lecture Public Finance and Fiscal Theory (Bachelor)
  • Lecture Welfare State Reforms (Master)

Summer semester 2010

  • Lecture Environmental Economics (Bachelor)
  • Lecture International Public Economics (Diplom)

Winter semester 2009/10

  • Lecture Labor Market Policy (Master)
  • Lecture Public Finance and Fiscal Theory (Bachelor)
  • Seminar International Taxation (Master)
  • Happiness
  • Labor Economics
  • General Public Economics
  • Reforming the Welfare State
  • Optimal Taxation
  • Environmental and Resource Economics



[7] Measuring Happiness: The Economics of Well-Being (edited together with Joachim Weimann and Andreas Knabe), MIT Press: Cambridge, Mass., 2015.

[6] Die Zukunft der Wohlfahrtsgesellschaft. Festschrift für Hans-Werner Sinn (together with Kai Konrad, Marcel Thum and Alfons Weichenrieder), Campus: Frankfurt, New York, 2013 (The Future of the Welfare Society. A Festschrift for Hans-Werner Sinn).

[5] Geld macht doch glücklich. Wo die ökonomische Glücksforschung irrt (together with Joachim Weimann and Andreas Knabe), Schäffer-Poeschel, 2012 (Money does make happy. Where economic happiness research is wrong).

[4] Alleviation Urban Congestion (together with Richard Arnott and Tilmann Rave), MIT Press, 2005.

[3] Arbeit ist machbar – Die Magdeburger Alternative. Eine sanfte Therapie für Deutschland (together with Joachim Weimann), Janos Stekovics Verlag: Dößel, 5th edition: June 2006 (The Magdeburg Alternative: a mild therapy for the German labor market).

[2] Steuerreform und Gewinnbeteiligung: Neue Wege aus der Beschäftigungskrise, Beiträge zur Finanzwissenschaft Bd. 9, Mohr Siebeck: Tübingen, 2000 (Tax Reform and Profit Sharing: New Roads Back to Full Employment).

[1] Ökologische Steuerysteme. Umweltökonomie und optimale Besteuerung, Campus: Frankfurt, New York, 1995 (Ecological Tax Systems: Environmental Economics and Optimal Taxation).


Articles in refereed journals and books

[49] Embedding as a Pitfall for Survey-Based Welfare Indicators: Evidence from an Experiment, (with L. von Reumont and R. Schöb), Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 182(2), 517–539, 2019.

[48] Looking Back in Anger? Retirement and Unemployment Scarring (with A. Knabe and R. Schöb), Demography, forthcoming, 2019. 

[47]  Climate Change and Psychological Adaptation: A Behavioral Environmental Economics Approach (with Thomas Aronsson), Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, forthcoming, 2018.

[46] Unemployment Insurance in Unionized Labor Markets: Neither Ghent nor Centralized (with David Saha), Empirica 2018 Online first: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10663-017-9398-y [Discussion Paper: CESifo Working Paper No. 5430, Juli 2015].

[45] Modes of Employment and Identity (together with Clemens Hetschko), Die Unternehmung. Swiss Journal of Business Research and Practice, 71.2017, 368-389.

[44] The Subjective Well-being of Workfare Participants: Insights from a Day Reconstruction Survey (together with Andreas Knabe and Joachim Weimann), Applied Economics, 49.2017, S.1311-1325.

[43] Partnership, Gender, and the Well-Being Cost of Unemployment (together with Andreas Knabe und Joachim Weimann), Social Indicators Research, 129.2016, S.1255-1275.

[42] Adaptation, Anticipation-Bias and Optimal Income Taxation (together with Thomas Aronsson), Journal of Public Economic Theory, December 2016, online first: doi 10.1111/jpet.12227.

[41] Labor market policies, unemployment, and identity, IZA World of Labor Juni 2016, online first: doi 10.15185/izawol.270.

[40] Der flächendeckende Mindestlohn – Replik zu den Anmerkungen von Wolfram Richter (together with Andreas Knabe and Marcel Thum), Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik 15.2014, 331-333 (The statutory minimum wage – response to the comments by Wolfram Richter).

[39] Der flächendeckende Mindestlohn (en.The full-coverage minimum wage) (together with Andreas Knabe and Marcel Thum), Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik 15.2014, 133-157.

[38] Changing Identity: Retiring from Unemployment (together with Clemens Hetschko and Andreas Knabe), Economic Journal 124.2014, 149-166.

[37] Unemployment and IdentityCESifo Economic Studies 59.2013, 149-180.

[36] Subsidizing extra jobs: promoting employment by taming the unions (together with Andreas Knabe), Oxford Economic Papers 65.2012, 807-831.

[35] Tax Progression under Collective Bargaining and Individual Effort Determination (together with Erkki Koskela), Industrial Relations 51(3), 2012, 749-771.

[34] Minimum wages and their alternatives: a critical assessment (together with Andreas Knabe), German Politics 20(4), 2011, 506-526.

[33] Welfare policy in the presence of unionised labour and internationally mobile firms (together with Silvia Rocha-Akis), Scandinavian Journal of Economics 113.2011,  93-119.

[32] Dissatisfied with Life, but Having a Good Day: Time-Use and Well-Being of the Unemployed (together with Andreas Knabe, Steffen Rätzel and Joachim Weimann), Economic Journal 120.2010, 867-889.

[31] Outsourcing of Unionized Firms and the Impact of Labor Market Policy Reforms (together with Erkki Koskela), Review of International Economics 18.2010, 682-695.

[30] Laying off or not? The influence of framing and economics education (together with Jeannette Brosig, Timo Heinrich, Thomas Riechmann and Joachim Weimann), International Review of Economics Education 9.2010, 44-54.

[29] Climate Policy: reaping an additional employment dividend, Public Finance and Management 9.2010, 251-283.

[28] Minimum wage incidence: the case for Germany (together with Andreas Knabe),FinanzArchiv 65.2009(4), 403-441.

[27] Is tax progression good for employment? Efficiency wages and the role of the pre-reform tax structure (together with Erkki Koskela), FinanzArchiv 65.2009, 51-72.

[26] A note on internal versus external reference in efficiency wage models (together with Erkki Koskela), Journal of Economics 96.2009, 79-96.

[25] Economic Integration and Labor Market Institutions. Worker Mobility, Earning Risks, and Contract Structure (together with David Wildasin), Regional Science and Urban Economics 37.2007, 141-164.

[24] Marginal Employment Subsidization: A New Concept and a Reappraisal (together with Andreas Knabe and Joachim Weimann), Kyklos 59.2006, 557-577.

[23] Optimal Capital Taxation in Economies with Unionised and Competitive Labour Markets (together with Erkki Koskela), Oxford Economic Papers 57.2005, 717-731.

[22] The Double Dividend Hypothesis of Environmental Taxes: A Survey, in: Henk Folmer und Tom Tietenberg (eds.): The International Yearbook Of Environmental And Resource Economics 2005/2006, Edgar Elgar: Cheltenham, 223-279.

[21] Optimal Central Bank Conservatism and Monopoly Trade Unions (together with Helge Berger and Carsten Hefeker), IMF Staff Papers 51.2004, 585-605.

[20] Kombilohn: Die Magdeburger Alternative (together with Joachim Weimann), Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik 4.2003, 1-16 (The Magdeburg Alternative).

[19] Public Profit Sharing, Kyklos 55.2002, 523-542.

[18] Optimal Factor Income Taxation in the Presence of Unemployment (together with Erkki Koskela), Journal of Public Economic Theory 4.2002, 387-404.

[17] Why Governments Should Tax Mobile Capital in the Presence of Unemployment (together with Erkki Koskela), Contributions in Economic Policy & Analysis 1.2002, Article 1.

[16] Green Tax Reform and Competitiveness (together with Erkki Koskela and Hans-Werner Sinn), German Economic Review 2.2001, 19-30.

[15] Redistribution and Internalization: The Many-Person Ramsey Tax Rule Revisited (together with Jukka Pirttilä), Public Finance Review 27.1999, 541-560.

[14] Alleviating Unemployment: The Case for Green Tax Reforms (together with Erkki Koskela), European Economic Review 43.1999, 1723-1746 [Reprint in: Lawrence Goulder (ed.): Environmental Policy Making in Economies with Prior Tax Distortions, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham 2002, 355-378].

[13] Does the Composition of Wage And Payroll Taxes Matter under Nash Bargaining (together with Erkki Koskela), Economics Letters 64.1999, 343-349.

[12] Environmental Taxes on Exhaustible Resources (together with Eirik Amundsen), European Journal of Political Economy 15.1999, 311-329.

[11] Workfare in Germany and the Problem of Vertical Fiscal Externalities (together with Holger Feist), Finanzarchiv 55.1998, 461-480.

[10] Pollution, Factor Taxation and Unemployment (together with Erkki Koskela and Hans-Werner Sinn), International Tax and Public Finance 5.1998, 379-396.

[9] Ecological Tax Reforms and the Environment: A Note, Bulletin of Economic Research 50.1998, 83-89.

[8] Environmental Taxes and Pre-Existing Distortions: The Normalization Trap, International Tax and Public Finance 4.1997, 167-176 [Reprint in: Lawrence Goulder (ed.): Environmental Policy Making in Economies with Prior Tax Distortions, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, 2002, 184-199].

[7] Internalizing Externalities in Second-Best Tax Systems (together with Gerhard O. Orosel), Public Finance 51.1996. 242-257.

[6] Evaluating Tax Reforms in the Presence of Externalities, OxfordEconomic Papers 48.1996, 537-555.

[5] Choosing the Right Instrument: The Role of Public Revenues for Environmental Policy, Environmental and Resource Economics 8.1996, 399-416.

[4] Kreditrationierung und Treuhandpolitik, Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik 215.1996, 143-156 (Credit rationing and the Treuhand policy in east Germany).

[3] Zur Bedeutung des Ökosteueraufkommens: Die Double-Dividend Hypothese, Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts-und Sozialwissenschaften 115.1995, 93-117 (On the role of green tax revenues: the double-dividend hypothesis).

[2] On Marginal Cost and Marginal Benefit of Public Funds, Public Finance 49.1994, 87-106 [Reprint in: John Creedy (ed.):Economic Welfare: Concepts and Measurement Vol. II, The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics 107, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, 1999, 113-132].

[1] Resource Extraction and the Threat of Possible Expropriation: The Role of Swiss Bank Accounts (together with Kai A. Konrad and Trond E. Olsen), Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 26.1994, 149-162.

Non-refereed articles

[18] Receiving Moneyand Not Having to Work Raises Happiness, in: Bruno S. Frey und David Iselin (eds.): Economic Ideas You Should Forget, Springer, 2017, 125-126.

[17] Politik nach Zahlen: Der Einfluss alternativer Wohlstandsindikatoren auf die Wirtschaftspolitik, in: Martin Held, Gisela Kubon-Gilke und Richard Sturn (eds.): Normative und institutionelle Grundfragen der Ökonomik Jahrbuch 14: Reformen und ihre politisch-ökonomischen Fallstricke, Metropolis, Marburg, 2015, 83-105 (Politics according to numbers: the influence of alternative well-being indicators on the economic policy).

[16] Die Zukunft des Mindestlohns in: WiSt 43.214, 571 (The future of the minimum wage).

[15] Ein Mindestlohn für Deutschland (together with Marcel Thum), in: Kai Konrad, Ronnie Schöb, Marcel Thum and Alfons Weichenrieder, (eds.): Die Zukunft der Wohlfahrtsgesellschaft. Eine Festschrift für Hans-Werner Sinn, Campus: Frankfurt, New York, 2013, 193-213 (A Minimum Wage for Germany).

[14] Die Vermessung des Glücks (together with Joachim Weimann and Andreas Knabe) in: Spektrum der Wissenschaft, December 2012, 76-80 (Measuring Happiness).

[13] Soziale Grundsicherung und Beschäftigung, in: Bengt-Arne Wickström, (eds.): Öffentliche Finanzen, Fiskalvettbewerb, Nachhaltigkeit und soziale Wohlfahrt, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, 2011, 65-205 (Social Security and Employment).

[12] Steuern oder Zertifikate: Wie wichtig ist die zweite Dividende für die Klimapolitik? in: Frank Beckenbach et. al. (Hrsg): Diskurs Klimapolitik, Jahrbuch Ökologische Ökonomie 2009, Metropolis, Marburg,169-188 (Taxes or licences: How important is the double dividend for climate policy?).

[11] Was macht Ökonomen „anders“? Wirkungen der Ökonomieausbildung in Magdeburg und Köln (together with Jeannette Brosig, Timo Heinrich, Thomas Riechmann, and Joachim Weimann) in: Horst Gischer, Peter Reichling, Thomas Spengler and Alois Wenig (eds.): Transformation in der Ökonomie – Festschrift für Gerhard Schwödiauer zum 65. Geburtstag, Gabler Edition Wissenschaft, Wiesbaden, 2008, 201-217 (What makes economists „different“?).

[10] Ökologische Steuerreform und doppelte Dividende, in: Wolfgang Franz, Hans Jürgen Ramser and Manfred Stadler, (eds.): Umwelt und Energie. Wirtschaftswissenschaftliches Seminar Ottobeuren, Band 35, Mohr Siebeck: Tübingen, 2006. 41-70 (Green tax reform and the double-dividend hypothesis).

[9] Beschäftigung und Lohnnebenkosten (together with Joachim Weimann) in: Thea Dückert, Peter Siller and Arne Baumann (eds.): Arbeit der Zukunft. Neue Wege einer gerechten und emanzipativen Arbeitspolitik, Nomos: Baden-Baden 2006, 113-126 (Employment and non-wage labor cost).

[8] Maut und Roadpricing, in: Gerhard Wäscher et al. (eds.): Intelligente Logistikkonzepte: Konzepte, Lösungen, Erfahrungen, Begleitband zur 11. Magdeburger Logistiktagung „Logistik aus technischer und ökonomischer Sicht“ Logisch: Magdeburg, 2005, 12-23 (Tolls and road pricing).

[7] The multi-mode ticket: Reducing urban traffic congestion in medium-sized towns, CESifo DICE Report 3/2005, 28-33.

[6] Comment on: “A Conceptual Framework for the Evaluation of Comprehensive Labor Market Policy Reforms in Germany” by Michael Fertig and Jochen Kluve, Applied Economics Quarterly Supplement 55.2004, 113-116. [5] Comment on: The Kyoto Protocol: “Domestic Policy Impacts and International Spill-Overs by Christoph Böhringer and Thomas F. Rutherford”, in: Paul J. J. Welfens (ed.): Internationalization of the Economy: Environmental Problems and New Policy Options“ Springer: New York et al., 2001, 181-189.

[4] Green Tax Reform, Structural Unemployment, and Welfare (together with Erkki Koskela and Hans-Werner Sinn), in Howard Chernick (ed.): Proceedings of the 91st Annual Conference on Taxation, Washington D.C. 1999, 52-56.

[3] On the Efficiency of Green Tax Reforms to Reduce CO2 Emissions, in: Ekko van Ierland and Kazimierz Gorka (eds.): The Economics of Atmospheric Pollution: Theories, Models and Applications to Central and Eastern Europe, Springer: New York et al. 1996, 99-112.

[2] Sozialpakt für den Aufschwung. Ein Modell für Ostdeutschland (together with Marcel Thum and Alfons Weichenrieder), WIST 21.1992, 191-196 (Social compact for employment: a model for east Germany).

[1] Effizienzaspekte der Aufkommensverwendung bei Ökosteuern (together with Stephan Panther), in: Jürgen Wahl (eds.): Steuerpolitik vor neuen Aufgaben, transfer: Regensburg 1991, 165-183 (Efficiency aspects of revenues from green taxes).


Policy contributions

[55] Solidarisch Aufstocken, Die Zeit No. 16/2018, dtd, 04/12/2018, p. 32 (also published on www.oekonomenstimme.org).

[54] Standpunkt: Autofahrer zur Kasse, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung No. 7, dtd, 02/18/2018, p. 26.

[53] Ungleichheit und Zufriedenheit – Anmerkungen zur Ungleichheitsdebatte, ifo Dresden berichtet 24 (04), 2017, S. 32-35. 

[52] Zufrieden und unzufrieden zugleich. Ein Erwiderung auf Marcel Fratzscher, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung No. 96, dtd 25.04.2017, 18 (also published on www.oekonomenstimme.org) (Happy and unhappy at the same time. A response to Marcel Fratzscher).

[51] Mindestlohn ohne Nebenwirkungen? (together with Andreas Knabe, Marcel Thum and Michael Weber), ifo Dresden berichtet 23 (03), 2016, 32-35 (also published on www.oekonomenstimme.org) (Minimum wages without side effects?).

[50] Mindestlohn, nur positiv? (together with Andreas Knabe, Marcel Thum and Michael Weber), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 26. March 2016, Nr. 72, 24 (Minimum wages, strictly positive?).

[49] Die Vermessung des Glücks. Die ökonomische Glücksforschung auf dem Prüfstand, zur debatte 2/2016, 47-48.

[48] Erhöhung des Mindestlohns? Contra: Die Bewährungsprobe steht noch aus!, Lohn+Gehalt, February 2016, 18.

[47] Für einen aktivierenden Sozialstaat, Hans-Werner Sinn und 25 Jahre Deutsche Wirtschaftspolitik, Hanser: München, 110-111.

[46] Grenzt der Mindestlohn Flüchtlinge vom Arbeitsmarkt aus?, Mitbestimmung, 12/2015, 9.

[45] Die Vermessung des Glücks, duz Deutsche Universitätszeitung, No. 12 from 20. November 2015, 16-17.

[44] Mehr ist besser als weniger. Zur Beziehung von Lebenszufriedenheit und Wachstum (together with Andreas Knabe und Joachim Weimann), Neue Zürcher Zeitung No. 40 from 18. February 2015, 29 (More is better than less. On the relationship between life satisfaction and growth). 

[43] Fracking? Später vielleicht. Die Ökonomie spricht fürs Abwarten (together with Kai Konrad), Die Zeit 53.2014, 31 (Fracking? Maybe later. Economics suggests to wait and see).

[42] Regionale Beschäftigungseffekte des Mindestlohns im Freistaat Sachsen (together with Andreas Knabe, Christine Lücke, Marcel Thum, Lars Vandrei und Michael Weber), ifo Dresden 5/2014, 3-12 (Labor effects of the minimum wage in Saxonia).

[41] Fracking in Deutschland - eine Option für die Zukunft! (together with Kai A. Konrad), Wirtschaftsdienst94(9), 2014, pp. 645-650 (also published on www.oekonomenstimme.org).

[40] Einführung eines allgemeinen Mindestlohns in Deutschland: Mögliche arbeitsmarktökonomische Wirkungen und Handlungsbedarf für den Mittelstand (together with Holgert Stein and Carola Fischer), Der Betrieb No. 35 from 29. August 2014, pp. 1937-1944.

[39] Internationale Vergleiche beim Mindestlohn, (together with Andreas Knabe and Marcel Thum), ifo Dresden 4/2014, pp. 34-35 (also published on www.oekonomenstimme.org).

[38] Anmerkungen zum flächendeckenden Mindestlohn, Ifo-Schnelldienst 67(2), January 2014, pp. 5-7 (also published on www.oekonomenstimme.org).

[37] Mehr ist besser als weniger, Forschung & Lehre, No. 11, November 2013, pp. 894-895.

[36] Bevor der Mindestlohn kommt: Lasst Zahlen sprechen! Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung No. 231, October 05, 2013, p. 12 (also published on www.oekonomenstimme.org).

[35] Wider die Privatisierung der Sozialpolitik – Anmerkungen zum Mindestlohn, May 11, 2012, www.oekonomenstimme.org (Against privatizing social policy – comments on the minimum wage).

[34] Mindestlohn: Keine Privatisierung der Sozialpolitik, Wirtschaftsdienst No. 92.5, 2012,  290 (Minimum wage: against privatizing social policy).

[33] Identity and wellbeing: how retiring makes the unemployed happier (together with Clemens Hetschko and Andreas Knabe), May 4, 2012, www.voxEU.org.

[32] Ausweg Ruhestand? Wie der Renteneintritt das Unglück der Arbeitslosen behebt (together with Clemens Hetschko and Andreas Knabe), November 21, 2011, www.oekonomenstimme.org (Retiring from unemployment: How retiring relieves the unhappiness of the unemployed).

[31] Neue Erkenntnisse zum (Un-)Glück der Arbeitslosen (together with Andreas Knabe and Joachim Weimann), November 17, 2010, www.oekonomenstimme.org (New findings on the (un)happiness of the unemployed).

[30] Unemployment and Happiness: A New Take on an Old Problem (together with Andreas Knabe and Joachim Weimann), November 17, 2010, www.VoxEU.org

[29] Economics of Happiness – ein neues Paradigma für die Finanzpolitik? (together with Andreas Knabe, Steffen Rätzel and Joachim Weimann), Monatsbericht des BMF, April 2010, 38-53 (Economics of Happiness – a new paradigm for fiscal policy?).

[28] Hartz IV und der Mindestlohn, www.oekonomenstimme.org, March 22, 2010 (The Hartz IV reforms and the minimum wage).

[27] Höhere Löhne = weniger Armut? Zum Zusammenspiel von Grundsicherung und Mindestlöhnen (together with Andreas Knabe), Wirtschaftsdienst Nr. 88.7, 2008, 7-11 (Higher wages = less poverty? On how basic welfare provision and minimum wages interact).

[26] Mogelpackung Mindestlohn, Financial Times Deutschland 123/26, June 26, 2008,  26 (minimum wage: a deceptive package).

[25] Bürgerarbeit – die neue Wunderwaffe (together with Marcel Thum) Ifo Dresden berichtet 2/2007, 37-38 (Bürgerarbeit – a new miraculous policy instrument?).

[24] Die Magdeburger Alternative: Lohnende Arbeit bezahlbar machen, (together with Joachim Weimann) Ifo-Schnelldienst 60.4, 2007, 42-45 (The Magdeburg Alternative: make work affordable).

[23] Arbeit fördern, nicht Nichstun. „Magdeburger Alternative“: Wie ein Kombilohn funktionieren kann, WZB Mitteilungen 114 Dezember 2006, 8-10. (Workfare instead of welfare. The Magdeburg Alternative: how a wage subsidy scheme can work).

[22] Wie Kombilöhne wirken können (together with Joachim Weimann), neue caritas 18/2006, 14-18 (How wage subsidies can work).

[21] Reform der Reform: Ist Hartz IV ein Kombilohnmodell? (together with Andreas Knabe and Joachim Weimann), Wirtschaftsdienst 86.7, 2006, 438-440 (Reforming the reform: is Hartz IV a wage subsidy scheme?).

[20] Kombilohn und Mindestlohn: Das kleine Steuerüberwälzungseinmaleins (together with Joachim Weimann), Wirtschaftsdienst 86.2, 2006, 102-104 (Wage subsidies and minimum wage: basic tax incidence insights).

[19] Wirkungsvoll und kostenlos (together with Joachim Weimann), die tageszeitung, January 24, 2006, 12 (efficient and costless).

[18] So kann der Kombilohn klappen (together with Joachim Weimann), Financial Times Deutschland Nr. 63, 16. January 16, 2006, 26 (How wage subsidies can work).

[17] Über Hartz IV hinaus (together with Joachim Weimann) Wirtschaftsdienst 85.7, 2005, 418-422 (Beyond Hartz IV).

[16] Eine sanfte Therapie für Deutschland: Die Magdeburger Alternative (together with Joachim Weimann), Magdeburger Wissenschaftsjournal  Nr. 1-2 2005, 31-38 (A soft therapy für Germany: the Magdeburg Alternative).

[15] Das Sozialstaatsdilemma (together with Joachim Weimann), Financial Times Deutschland Nr. 63, April 1-3, 2005, 34 (The welfare state dilemma).

[14] Was bringt die Flexibilisierung auf dem Arbeitsmarkt? (together with Joachim Weimann) Wirtschaftsdienst 84.9, 2004, 565-567 (What are the consequences of a more flexible labor market).

[13] Es gibt eine Alternative zu Hartz IV (together with Joachim Weimann), Handelsblatt Nr. 173/37,. September 7, 2004, 9 (There is an alternative to Hartz IV).

[12] Aufbauspritze statt Beruhigungsmittel für den Osten (together with Joachim Weimann), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Nr. 182, August 7, 2004, 12 (Fortifiers rather than sedatives for east Germany).

[11] Magdeburger Alternative (together with Joachim Weimann), Financial Times Deutschland Nr. Nr. 73/13, April 15, 2004, 30 (Magdeburg Alternative).

[10] Minijobs als Jobkiller (together with Joachim Weimann), Financial Times Deutschland Nr. 109/2410, June 6, 2003, 34 (Mini jobs are job killers).

[9] Mehr Arbeit durch Zusammenlegung von Arbeitslosen- und Sozialhilfe? (together with Joachim Weimann), Wirtschaftsdienst 83.5, 2003, 303-306 (More employment through pooling unemployment assistence and welfare?).

[8] Neue Arbeitslose durch Mini-Jobs (together with Joachim Weimann), Financial Times Deutschland No. 25/06, February 5, 2003, 30 (Mini jobs create more unemployment).

[7] Wie in Ostdeutschland neue Jobs entstehen können (together with Joachim Weimann), Financial Times Deutschland No. 132/28, July 11, 2002, 26 (How new jobs can be created in east Germany).

[6] Die Magdeburger Alternative (together with Joachim Weimann), Financial Times Deutschland No. 88/19, May 8/9, 2002, 34 (The Magdeburg Alternative).

[5] Kommunale Beschäftigungsgesellschaften: Nur noch eine Nachbetrachtung? ifo Schnelldienst 4/2002, 19-25 (Municipal job-creation companies: an obituary only?).

[4] Durch staatliche Gewinnbeteiligung zu mehr Beschäftigung, ifo-Schnelldienst 21/2001, 11-17 (More employment with public profit sharing).

[3] Hilfe zur Arbeit – Lehren aus dem Leipziger Modell (together with Holger Feist), Wirtschaftsdienst 80.3, 2000, 159-166 (Workfare – lessons from the Leipzig model).

[2] Wie der Staat die Arbeitskosten senken kann, Handelsblatt No. 17, January 25, 2000, 53 (How the government could reduce labour cost).

[1] Einheitliche Ökosteuer: Anmerkungen zum Gesetz zum Einstieg in die ökologische Steuerreform, (together with Jakob von Weizsäcker) Kommune 17.1999, September, 15-18 (Uniform eco-taxes: some comments on the German green tax reform).


Book reviews

[3] Horst Siebert: The German Economy. Beyond the Social Market, Journal of Economics 88.2006, 203 - 205 (in English).

[2] Stefan Bach u.a.: „Wirtschaftliche Auswirkungen einer ökologischen Steuerreform“, Finanzarchiv 53.1996/97, 130-133.

[1] J. Backhaus (ed.): „Systemwandel und Reformen in östlichen Wirtschaften“, Journal of Economics 56.1992, 238-241 (in English).


Completed manuscripts (submitted)

[7] Eine neue solidarische Grundsicherung,Diskussionsbeiträge des Fachbereichs Wirtschaftswissenschaft der Freien Universität Berlin, No. 2019/15, October.

[6] Habit Formation and the Pareto-Efficient Provision of Public Goods (together with Thomas Aronsson), Umeå Economic Studies No. 944, March 2017.

[5] Income Support, (Un-)Employment and Well-Being (together with Clemens Hetschko and Tobias Wolf), CESifo Working Paper No. 6016, July 2016.

[4] Unemployment Insurance in Unionized Labor Markets: Neither Ghent nor Centralized (together with David Saha), CESifo Working Paper No. 5430, July 2015.

[3] Climate Change and Psychological Adaptation: A Behavioral Environmental Economics Approach (together with Thomas Aronsson) CESifo Working Paper No. 4795, May 2014.

[2] Job Protection Renders Minimum Wages Less Harmful (together with Marcel Thum) Diskussionsbeiträge des Fachbereichs Wirtschaftswissenschaft der Freien Universität Berlin, Volkswirtschaftliche Reihe, No. 2011/14, August 2011.

[1] Distortionary Domestic Taxation and Pareto-Efficient International Taxation, (together with Jeremy Edwards), CESifo Working Paper No. 635, January 2002.

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