C. Katharina Spieß

Research Fellow

Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung (BiB)

C. Katharina Spieß is the director of the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB) since October 2021. She is a professor for population economics at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Before she was the head of the department for education and family at the DIW Berlin and a professor for the economics of family and education at the Freie Universität Berlin. She studied economics and political science at the University of Mannheim, received her doctoral degree from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and her post-doctoral “habilitation degree” from the Technical University of Berlin. During 1997 to 2000 she worked at the Prognos AG, Basle and Berlin. Since March 2000 she is at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). Here she was a member of German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) for 14 years.

As a guest researcher or guest professor she spent several months at other research institutes, like the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development, the NIDI (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute), the Free University Amsterdam, the Syracuse University, the Cornell University and the University of Washington (USA). She is a member of several advisory boards and expert groups, such as the scientific advisory board to the federal ministry for family affairs (BMFSFJ) and the scientific advisory board for the joint agreement between the federal level and the states to assess the performance of the German education system. Her main research interests are in the field of family and education economics.

C. Katharina Spieß joined IZA as a Research Fellow in August 2021.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 16907
forthcoming in: K. Couch (ed.): Handbook of Inequality and COVID-19
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14851
revised version published in: Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2022, 84 (6), 1356 - 1379
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14471
substantially revised version published online as 'Cracking Under Pressure? Gender Role Attitudes Toward Maternal Employment During COVID-19 in Germany' n: Feminist Economics, 03 Jun 2024
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14457
revised version published as 'The gender division of unpaid care work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany' in: German Economic Review, 2022, 23(4), 641-667
IZA Discussion Paper No. 13556
published in: Review of Economics of the Household, 2021, 81 (Special Issue on Covid-19), 91 - 120
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12780
published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2020, 180, 510-543
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