Ingo Isphording serves as IZA Research Director (as of 2023), being responsible for scientific management, coordination of the institute’s research agenda, and science communication. Prior to taking up this position he acted in various other roles at IZA for almost a decade. He is an applied labor and education economist who is passionate about researching the origins of educational and labor market inequality and how public policy can make a difference. His work has been published in journals such like the Economic Journal, the Journal of Labor Economics, the Journal of Human Resources and the American Economic Journal. He is actively engaged in improving German education policies by disseminating international research findings within the German policy discourse and advocating for enhanced data access for researchers.

Ingo Isphording is a member of the Research Committee on Economics of Education (Bildungsökonomischer Ausschuss) of the German Economic Association and is affiliated with CESifo and the CRC TR 224 "Economic Perspectives on Societal Challenges".

External Publications


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9121
published in: Journal of Labor Economics, 2017, 35(3), 787-828
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8846
published in: Health Economics, 2017, 26 (6), 765 - 778
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8572
published in: International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition), 2015, Pages 260-265
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8090
published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2014, 105, 30–50.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7360
shortened version published in: Economics Letters, 2014, 123 (2) 236–239