Stefan Wolter is Managing Director of the Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education and a Professor of Economics at the University of Bern, where he heads the Centre for Research in Economics of Education. Among others he is also member of the Governing Board of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and Member of the Education Policy Committee of the OECD in Paris. His main research interests are labour economics and economics of education. Together with Prof. U. Backes-Gellner (University of Zurich) he is co-director of the Swiss Leading House on Economics of Education (

Among others he has published in American Economic Review (P&P), Journal of Public Economics, Economica, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Labour Economics and Economics of Education Review. He is Editor-in-Chief of "Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training" (ERVET).

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2000.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 13968
Simone Balestra, Aurélien Sallin, Stefan C. Wolter
forthcoming in: Journal of Human Resources, 2021
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11374
published in: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, 2020, 156(3)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11349
published in: Review of Regional Research, 2019, 39(2), 189-208
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11081
published as 'So similar and yet so different: A firm's net costs and post-training benefits from apprenticeship training in Austria and Switzerland' in: Evidence Based HRM, 2019, 7 (2), 229-246.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9797
published in: Education Economics, 2017, 25(5), 433-445
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6344
published in: Oxford Economic Papers, 2016, 68 (1), 238-257
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6300
published in: IZA Journal of Migration, 2015
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5712
published also in German as "Der Einfluss des lokalen Hochschulangebots auf die Studienwahl" in: Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft, 2010, 13(4), 683-706
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5587
published in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2013, 66 (5), 1095-1112
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5474
published as 'The Role of Hard-to-Obtain Information on Ability for the School-to-Work Transition' in: Empirical Economics, 2014, 46(4), 1447-1471
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4460
published in: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2009, 1(2), 173-186
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4069
published in: Economics of Education Review, 2011, 30 (2), 215-227
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3505
published in: Cambridge Journal of Education, 2009, 39(4), 423-441
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3465
Regina Dionisius, Samuel Mühlemann, Harald Pfeifer, Günter Walden, Felix Wenzelmann, Stefan C. Wolter
published in: Applied Economics Quarterly, 2009, 55(1), 7-36
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3323
published as 'PISA and the Transition into the Labour Market' in: Labour, 2009, 23 (Special Issue), 111 - 137
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2787
revised version published in: Education Economics, 2010, 18(1), 111-123
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1656
published in: Higher Education, 2007, 54 (5), 647-663
IZA Discussion Paper No. 916
published in: German Economic Review, 2006, 7(3), 249-264
IZA Discussion Paper No. 734
published together with Maja Coradi Vellacott as 'Sibling Rivalry for Parental Resources: A Problem for Equity in Education? A Six-Country Comparison with PISA Data' in: Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie / Swiss Journal of Sociology /Revue suisse de sociologie , 2003, 29 (3), 377-398
IZA Discussion Paper No. 733
published in: Brussels Economic Review / Cahiers Economiques de Bruxelles, 2004, 47 (3), 387-408
IZA Discussion Paper No. 371
Stefan C. Wolter, André Zbinden
published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2002, 23 (5), 458-470