Andrea Weber is professor of economics at the Central European University and a guest professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Her previous positions include a professorship in economics at the University of Mannheim, a research position at RWI Essen financed by a grant from the Leibniz Society, and a visiting assistant professorship at the University of California at Berkeley. She studied mathematics at the Technical University of Vienna and economics at the Institute for Advanced Studies. She received her PhD at the Technical University of Vienna in 2002 and a habilitation degree from the University of Linz in 2008. She is also affiliated as research consultant with the Austrian Institute of Economic Research in Vienna, as research associate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, and is an affiliate of the CESifo Research Network in Munich.

Her research areas are labor economics and microeconometrics with special focus on the role of institutions and labor market policies on individual labor supply decisions, the interaction of discrimination and market competition, the effects of economic shocks such as job displacement on individual outcomes. Her research has been published in Econometrica, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, and American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings among others.

Andrea Weber joined IZA as a Research Fellow in September 2003.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10154

We present quasi-experimental evidence on the effects of increasing the Early Retirement Age (ERA) on older workers' retirement decisions. The analysis is based on social security reforms in Austria in 2000 and 2004, and administrative data allows us to distinguish between pension claims and job exits. Using a Regression Kink...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9236
revised version forthcoming in: Journal of the European Economic Association

We present a meta-analysis of impact estimates from over 200 recent econometric evaluations of active labor market programs from around the world. We classify estimates by program type and participant group, and distinguish between three different post-program time horizons. Using meta-analytic models for the effect size of a given estimate...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9034
published in: American Economic Review, 2017, 107(2), 527-561.

Contrary to standard search model predictions, prior studies failed to estimate a positive effect of unemployment insurance (UI) on reemployment wages. This paper estimates a positive UI wage effect exploiting an age-based regression discontinuity in Austrian administrative data. A search model incorporating duration dependence determines the UI wage effect as...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8757
revised version published in: Econometrica, 2015, 83(6), 2453–2483

We consider nonparametric identification and estimation in a nonseparable model where a continuous regressor of interest is a known, deterministic, but kinked function of an observed assignment variable. This design arises in many institutional settings where a policy variable (such as weekly unemployment benefits) is determined by an observed but...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8396
published in: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A, 179(3), 707-725, 2016.

Using Bayesian Markov chain clustering analysis we investigate career paths of Austrian women after their first birth. This data-driven method allows characterizing long-term career paths of mothers over up to 19 years by transitions between parental leave, non-employment and different forms of employment. We, thus, classify women into five cluster-groups...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8174

Social networks are an important channel of information transmission in the labor market. This paper studies the mechanisms by which social networks have an impact on labor market outcomes of displaced workers. We base our analysis on administrative records for the universe of private sector employment in Austria where we...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5248
published as "Nonparametric Evidence on the Effects of Financial Incentives on Retirement Decisions" in: American Economic Journal Economic Policy, 2016

This paper presents new empirical evidence on intertemporal labor supply elasticities. We use administrative data on the census of private sector employees in Austria and variation from mandated discontinuous changes in retirement benefits from the Austrian pension system. We first present graphical evidence documenting delays in retirement in response to...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4568
published in: American Economic Review, 2010, 100 (2), 358-361

In this paper we investigate the relationship between females among the first hires of start-up companies and business success. Our results show that firms with female first hires have a higher share of female workers at the end of the first year after entry. Further, we find that firms with...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4526
published in: Journal of the European Economic Association, 2014, 12(2), 492-521

According to Becker's (1957) famous theory on discrimination, entrepreneurs with a strong prejudice against female workers forgo profits by submitting to their tastes. In a competitive market their firms lack efficiency and are therefore forced to leave. We present new empirical evidence for this prediction by studying the survival of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4002
published in: The Economic Journal, 2010, 120, F452-F477

This paper presents a meta-analysis of recent microeconometric evaluations of active labor market policies. Our sample consists of 199 program estimates drawn from 97 studies conducted between 1995 and 2007. In about one-half of these cases we have both a short-term impact estimate (for a one-year post-program horizon) and a...