Jens Suedekum is Professor of International Economics at the Duesseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. He is also a research fellow of CEPR, the Institute for Emplyoment Research (IAB), the CESifo network, and a former council member of the Urban Economics Association (UEA).

Suedekum is Co-Editor of the Journal of Regional Science, and member of the editorial board at the Journal of Urban Economics and at Regional Science and Urban Economics.

His main research areas are urban and regional economics and international trade. Current research focuses on the impact of international trade on local labor markets, regional migration, city size distributions, the organization of multinational enterprises, and related topics.

He has published widely in international peer-review journals such as the Journal of the European Economic Association, International Economic Review, European Economic Review, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, and many others.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in December 2004.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11299

We study the impact of trade exposure in the job biographies, measured with daily accuracy, of 2.4 million workers in Germany. To profit from export opportunities, workers adjust through increased employer switching. Highly skilled workers benefit the most, consistent with an increase in skill demand. The incidence of import shocks...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10469
forthcoming in: American Economic Review (P&P), 2017, 107(5)

The German economy exhibits rising service and declining manufacturing employment. But this decline is much sharper in import-competing than in export-oriented branches. We first document the individual-level job transitions behind those trends. They are not driven by manufacturing workers who smoothly switch to services. The observed shifts are entirely due...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9020
published in: Economics Letters, 2015, 133, 10-13

We analyze the first data set on consistently defined functional urban areas in Europe and compare the European to the US urban system. City sizes in Europe do not follow a power law: the largest cities are "too small" to follow Zipf's law.

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8161
published in: Journal of Economic Geography, 2016, 16 (5), 1007-1034 [Final version]

We analyze how globalization has affected the sectoral anatomy of regional growth in Germany over the period 1978-2008. The aggregate German economy is characterized by a secular decline of manufacturing and a rise of modern service industries. This trend– also known as Petty's law – is not uniform across space,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7479
published in: Economics Letters, 2014, 122 (3), 375-379

We investigate the causal impact of equity market liberalizations in the period 1980-1997 on sectoral export performance across 91 countries. The increased availability of external finance has boosted trade of industries that intensively use relationshipspecific inputs, and lowered exports of industries using standardized inputs.

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7397
published in: German Economic Review, 2015, 16 (3), 290-306

Language is a strong and robust determinant of international trade patterns: Countries sharing a common language trade significantly more with each other than countries using different languages, holding other factors constant. In this paper, we show that this trade-promoting effect of language is likely to reflect cultural ties, rather than...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7175
published in: Journal of Urban Economics, 2017, 97(1), 40-70.

The world is replete with spatial frictions. Shipping goods across cities entails trade frictions. Commuting within cities causes urban frictions. How important are these frictions in shaping the spatial economy? We develop and quantify a novel framework to address this question at three different levels: Do spatial frictions matter for...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6860
published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2014, 98 (Feb), 56-69

Why are better educated and more risk-friendly persons more mobile across regions? To answer this question, we use micro data on internal migrants from the German Socio- Economic Panel (SOEP) 2000-2006 and merge this information with a unique proxy for region-pair-specific cultural distances across German regions constructed from historical local...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6845
published in: Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2015, 53, 85-96 [Final version]

Using comprehensive data for German establishments (1999-2008), we estimate plant-level production functions to analyze if “cultural diversity” affects total factor productivity. We distinguish diversity in the establishment's workforce and in the aggregate regional labor force where the plant is located. We find that a larger share of foreign workers –...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6685
revised version published in: Journal of the European Economic Association, 2014, 12 (6), 1643-1675, [Final version]

We analyze the effects of the unprecedented rise in trade between Germany and "the East" – China and Eastern Europe – in the period 1988–2008 on German local labor markets. Using detailed administrative data, we exploit the cross-regional variation in initial industry structures and use trade flows of other high-income...