Andrey Launov is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK). He holds a PhD from the University of Munich and has studied at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, (Programme in Economics), and the Odessa State University of Economics (Masters Degree). His main research interests lie in econometrics and labour economics with particular focus on search theory and structural estimation of search and matching models. He is also interested in a broader range of topics in applied econometrics, as well as in macroeconomics (related to labour, population and development).

He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in May 2003 and became a Research Fellow in July 2005.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10660

Working time account is an organization tool that allows firms smoothing their demand for hours employed. Descriptive literature suggests that working time accounts reduce turnover and inhibit increase in unemployment during recessions. In a model of optimal choice of hours by a firm I show that working time account does...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10487
published in: Journal of Labor Economics, 2018, 36 (1), 75-120

We build and estimate a non-stationary structural job search model that incorporates the main stylized features of a typical job search monitoring scheme in unemployment insurance (UI) and acknowledges that search effort and requirements are measured imperfectly. Based on Belgian data, monitoring is found to affect search behavior only weakly,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7659
substantially revised version published as 'The Employment Effect of Reforming a Public Employment Agency' in: European Economic Review, 2016, 84, 140-164

To which extent does an increase in operating effectiveness of public employment agencies on the one hand and a reduction of unemployment benefits on the other reduce unemployment? Using the recent labour market reform in Germany as background we find that the role of unemployment benefit reduction for the reduction...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6181
for substantially revised version please see IZA DP 10487

We develop and estimate a non-stationary job search model to evaluate a scheme that monitors job search effort and sanctions insured unemployed whose effort is deemed insufficient. The model reveals that such schemes provide incentives to the unemployed to front-load search effort prior to monitoring. This causes the job finding...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4958
revised version published in: International Economic Review, 2013, 54 (4), 1159-1198

The distribution of unemployment duration in our equilibrium matching model with spell-dependent unemployment benefits displays a time-varying exit rate. Building on Semi-Markov processes, we translate these exit rates into an expression for the aggregate unemployment rate. Structural estimation using a German micro-data set (SOEP) allows us to discuss the effects...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2349
revised version published as 'Informal employment in developing countries: Opportunity or last resort?' in: Journal of Development Economics, 2012, 97 (1), 88-98

It has been recently argued that the informal sector of the labor market in a developing economy shows a dual structure with one part of it being competitive to the formal sector and another part being the result of market segmentation. To test this hypothesis we formulate an econometric model...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1904
revised version published as 'Search Equilibrium and Social and Private Returns to Education' in: European Economic Review, 2010, 54 (1), 39-59

We introduce different skill groups and production functions into the Burdett-Mortensen equilibrium search model. Supermodularity in the production process leads to a positive intrafirm wage correlation between skill groups. Theory implies that increasing returns to scale can lead to a unimodal earnings density with a decreasing right tail even in...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1289

In this paper we suggest an alternative approach to testing for the dual structure of the labour market. The novelty of the suggested approach is that rather than considering wage determination we concentrate on the turnover. To perform the test we suggest using a latent class count data framework, which...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1161

In this paper we investigate whether the extension of the entitlement to unemployment benefits in the mid 80s can explain the increase in the unemployment rates of unskilled and elder workers in western Germany. To answer this question we estimate a version of the Burdett-Mortensen search equilibrium model and analyze...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 870
revised version published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2006, 19(1), 25-54

In this paper we study the decline in total fertility rates in the Czech Republic during the transition process. To identify transition-specific features of this decline we use a multiperiod model of birth process and apply it to the family and fertility survey of 1998. In a standard duration analysis...