Working papers

Vocational Training for Female Job Returners - Effects on Employment, Earnings and Job Quality, 2021, Revise and Resubmit at Labour Economics

This paper studies how training vouchers increase the employment prospects of women with interrupted employment histories. Using the population of female job returners who receive a training voucher to participate in training programs and a randomly selected control group from German administrative data, I analyze the effectiveness of training on various labor market outcomes. The results suggest that receiving a training voucher translates into substantial gains in employment and earnings and increases job quality and stability. Analyzing the heterogeneity effects reveals that the effectiveness of training increases with the provided human capital. Several robustness checks support a causal interpretation of the results.

The Long-Term Effects of Job Training on Labor Market and Skills Outcomes in Chile, 2020, IDB Working Paper 1156, joint work with Rafael Novella

Job training programs can be an effective policy for improving productivity and labor market outcomes in low and middle-income countries. We report the medium and long-term impacts of a job training program for vulnerable workers in Chile on the labor market and skill outcomes using experimental and administrative data. We find that the program fails on improving workers' skills and most labor outcomes but some evidence of an effect on labor income. We also find evidence of heterogeneous effects by course-type, training provider quality, and gender. This evidence aims at contributing to a better design of training programs and to a better use of public resources.

Unregistered Work among Refugees - Findings from a List Experiment in Germany, 2021, Working Paper, joint work with Carina Hartmann and Christoph Sajons

With the rising number of refugees seeking protection worldwide, many host countries face the challenge to integrate them into their society and labor market. Structural barriers to employment and difficult personal circumstances often complicate this task and lead to a situation in which refugees end up in informal jobs. Due to the illegal nature of unregistered work, little is known about this phenomenon, however. In this paper, we implement a list experiment in a survey of refugees to measure their exposure to unregistered work in Germany. Our results indicate that more than 30% of the respondents had worked in an unregistered job at some point since their arrival. Furthermore, we nd approved asylum status and not having children as positive risk predictors and being allowed to work and better education as negative ones. These results can be used as starting point for further research and tailored measures against unregistered work.

Work in progress

Long-Term Evaluation of Labour Market Policies in Germany, joint with Conny Wunsch and Thomas Kruppe

Labor Market Chances of Unemployed and the Role of Caseworkers, joint with Christine Dauth, Gesine Stephan and Conny Wunsch