Dr. Ulf Rinne

Head of Scientific Management / Senior Research Associate

Ulf Rinne studied economics in Bonn and Lisbon. He received his doctorate (summa cum laude) for his dissertation on Post-School Human Capital Investments: Training and Lifelong Learning from the FU Berlin in 2009.

His research interests are in the fields of empirical labor economics and applied microeconometrics. He is particularly interested in the evaluation of labor policies, migration, education and human capital, and discrimination. His research has been published in journals such as Economics Letters, Economics of Transition, Empirical Economics, IMF Economic Review, International Labour Review, and International Migration Review.

After joining IZA as a Resident Research Affiliate in August 2005, Ulf Rinne became a Research Associate and Personal Advisor to the Director/CEO in January 2009. Since October 2011 he has been a Senior Research Associate; and since March 2013 he has been Deputy Director of Research. Since October 2016 he is Head of Scientific Management.

Most of his papers can also be accessed on RePEc, EconPapers, and Google Scholar.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 8383
revised version published as 'European Labor Market Integration: What the Experts Think' in: International Journal of Manpower, 2017, 38 (7), 954-974 [Details & Download]

A Single European Labor Market, particularly involving the free movement of workers within Europe, has been a goal of the European community since the 1950s. Whereas it may entail opportunities and drawbacks alike, the benefits – such as greater economic welfare for most citizens – are supposed to outweigh the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7490
revised version published in: IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, 2013, 2:18 [Open Access]

France and Germany are two polar cases in the European debate about rising youth unemployment. Similar to what can be observed in Southern European countries, a "lost generation" may arise in France. In stark contrast, youth unemployment has been on continuous decline in Germany for many years, hardly affected by...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7260
substantially revised version published in: IMF Economic Review, 2013, 61 (4), 702-729 [Details & Download]

Germany's recovery from an unemployment disease and its resilience to the Great Recession is remarkable. Its success story makes it a showcase for labor policy and labor market reforms. This paper assesses the potential of the German experience as a model for effective, evidence-based policymaking. Flexible management of working time...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7096
published in: IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, 2012, 1:5 [Open Access]

Numerous empirical studies find a substantial extent of discrimination in hiring decisions. Anonymous job applications have gained attention and popularity to identify and combat this form of discrimination. To test whether their intended effects result in practice, in several European countries such as Sweden, France and the Netherlands field experiments...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6696
revised version published in: International Migration Review, 2015, 49 (3), 757-789. [Abstract & Download]

We investigate second generation migrants and native children at several stages in the German education system to analyze the determinants of the persistent native-migrant gap. One part of the gap can be attributed to differences in socioeconomic background and another part remains unexplained. Faced with this decomposition problem, we apply...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6565
revised version published as 'The impact of training duration on employment outcomes: Evidence from LATE estimates' in: Economics Letters, 2013, 120 (3), 487-490 [Details & Download]

This paper assesses the importance of reverse causality when evaluating the impact of training duration for unemployed workers. We use planned duration as an instrumental variable for actual duration. Our results suggest that the potential endogeneity of exits seems to be only relevant in the lower and upper part of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6369
published in: Amelie F. Constant and Klaus F. Zimmermann (eds.), International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, Edward Elgar 2013, Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, USA, Chapter 28, 530-551

This chapter summarizes the literature on the evaluation of immigration policies. It brings together two strands of the literature dealing with the evaluation of labor market programs and with the economic integration of immigrants. Next to immigrant selection and settlement policies, there are four types of interventions that aim at...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6250
published in: IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 2012, 1:3, [Open Access] ; reprinted as ''Un altro miracolo economico? Il mercato del lavoro tedesco e la grande recessione' in: Diritto delle Relazioni Industriali, 2013, 23 (2), 401-423

The mild response of the German labor market to the worst global recession in post-war history appears as an economic miracle. In response to the crisis, Germany has shown to be a strong case of internal flexibility. We argue that important factors that have contributed to this development include the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6100
published in: Economics Letters, 2012, 117 (2), 441-444 [Open Access]

Discrimination in recruitment decisions is well documented. Anonymous job applications may reduce discriminatory behavior in hiring. This paper analyzes the potential of this approach in a randomized experiment with fresh Ph.D. economists on the academic job market using data from a European-based economic research institution. If included in the treatment...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5896
published in: Applied Economics Letters, 2013, 20 (8), 799-803 [Details & Download]

This paper analyzes how policy changes affect shareholder wealth in the context of environmental regulation. We exploit the unique and unexpected German reaction to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, which involved the immediate shutdown of almost half of Germany’s nuclear reactors while safety checks were carried out, and a three-month...