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Tobias Wolf

PhD Candidate

Boltzmannstr. 20
Room 204
D-14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 838 4 51241

Office hours

by arrangement

Current position / Affiliation

Research Assistant, German Survey on Volunteering, German Centre of Gerontology, Berlin, Germany (since 2018).

PhD Candidate, School of Business and Economics, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (since 2013).

Curriculum Vitae (.pdf)

Summer semester 2016

Labour market and social policy (Master level)
Seminar (with C. Hetschko, D. Nachtigall, M. Preuss and R. Schöb)

Winter semester 2015/16

“Preparation for examination” (Bachelor level)

Normative Behavioural Economics (Master level)
Seminar (with C. Hetschko, D. Nachtigall and R. Schöb)

Winter semester 2014/15

Behavioural Public Economics (Master level)
Seminar (with C. Hetschko, M. Preuß and R. Schöb)

Summer semester 2014

Labour markets and subjective well-being (Bachelor level)
Seminar (with C. Hetschko and M. Preuß)

Summer semester 2013

Social Policy (Master level)
Exercise class

Markets & Moral (Master level)
Seminar (with C. Hetschko and R. Schöb)

Employment, Labour Market and Well-being

Economic inequality

Economic policy

Behavioural Economics

Workshop and Conference Contributions (selected)

73rd Annual Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF 2017), Toyko, Japan, Grant: DAAD conference program (August 2017).

Subjective Survey Data in Labour Market Research Workshop, Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU), Trier, Germany (October 2016).

4th Public Finance and Political Economy Workshop, Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, Munich, Germany (September 2016).

Verein für Socialpolitik (German Economic Association) Annual Conference, Augsburg, Germany (September 2016).

12th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), Germany (June 2016).

30th Annual Conference of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE), Berlin, Germany (June 2016).

Stirling PhD Conference in Behavioural Science, University of Stirling, United Kingdom (June 2016).

2nd BeNA Labor Economics Workshop, Berlin, Deutschland (December 2015).

3rd Public Finance and Political Economy Workshop, Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, Munich, Germany (October 2015).

Stirling PhD Conference in Behavioural Science, University of Stirling, United Kingdom (June 2015).

Rhein-Ruhr Ph.D. Workshop: Employment and Social Security, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany (March 2015).

DEAS User Conference 2015, German Centre of Gerontology, Berlin, Germany (March 2015).

IMK & Public Economics and Inequality Research Seminar, Hans Böckler Foundation, Berlin, Germany (September 2014).

XII. Quality of Life Conference - ISQOLS 2014, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (September 2014).

Ph.D. Workshop: Perspectives on (Un-) Employment, Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nürnberg, Germany (December 2013).


[1] Die Einkommenssituation und -Entwicklung Verwitweter in Deutschland (with H. Engstler and A. Motel-Klingebiel), in: Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, 80(4), 2011, S. 77-102 (in German, English abstract).

Discussion papers & working papers

[2] Categorizing open answers in the DRM module of SOEP-IS, SOEP Survey Papers: Series D - Variable Description and Coding, DIW Berlin, 2018, No. 535.

This paper documents the categorization of open answers in the diaries of the Day Reconstruction Method (DRM) module of the SOEP Innovation Sample (SOEP-IS) for employed and unemployed workers. Respondents of the module reported either 1 out of 23/25 listed activities or a self-selected description of an activity during the previous day. By assigning the open answers either to the initially listed categories and by defining new categories for a subset of open answers enriches SOEP–IS DRM by more than 1,700 additional categorized episodes for quantitative analysis.

[1] Income Support, (Un-)Employment and Well-Being (with C. Hetschko & R. Schöb), School of Business and Economics Discussion Papers, Freie Universität Berlin, No. 2016/15.

Using specific panel data of German welfare benefit recipients, we investigate the non-pecuniary life satisfaction effects of in-work benefits. Our empirical strategy combines difference-in-difference designs with synthetic control groups to analyze transitions of workers between unemployment, regular employment and employment accompanied by welfare receipt. Working makes people generally better off than being unemployed, but employed welfare recipients do not reach the life satisfaction level of regular employees. This implies that welfare receipt entails non-compliance with the norm to make one’s own living. Our findings allow us to draw cautious conclusions on employment subsidies paid as welfare benefits.

Also available as CESifo Working Paper No. 6016, 2016.

Policy papers

[1] Die soziale und wirtschaftliche Situation der Rechtsreferendar*innen in Berlin: Auswertung der Online-Umfrage 2014 (in German), Paper in behalf of  the employee committee ("Personalrat") of Berlin articled clerks, 2014, Berlin.