Christian Loersch studied economics at the University of Cologne and the Tsinghua University in Beijing. He graduated as a Diplom-Volkswirt in September 2010. He started his Ph.D. at the University of Cologne and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Potsdam. From August 2010 until September 2011 he was a Resident Research Affiliate at IZA under the IZA Scholarship Program. He supported the program area "Evaluation of Labor Market Programs". Since October 2011 he has been working at the Chair of Empirical Economics at the University of Potsdam while continuing his affiliation with IZA. His main research interests include applied labor economics and in particular the evaluation of labor market policy.