Regina T. Riphahn studied economics, business administration, and sociology at the Universities of Cologne, Sussex (U.K.), Bonn, Tennessee, and North Carolina. She received an M.B.A. at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and in 1995 a Ph.D. in economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined the University of Munich's economics department in May 1995 and in March 1999 completed her post-doctoral habilitation. Between October 2000 and September 2001 she taught at the University of Mainz (Germany) as an Associate Professor of Economic Policy. From October 2001 through March 2005 she headed the statistics and econometrics group at the economics department of the University of Basel (Switzerland). Since April 2005 she holds the chair for Statistics and Empirical Economics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany). Her research interests are in the economics of education, personnel, labor, social policy, population economics, and applied microeconometrics.

Regina T. Riphahn is a fellow of IZA and a research professor of DIW Berlin. She has published in journals such as the Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Development Economics, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Journal of Human Resources, and the Journal of Population Economics. Regina T. Riphahn was awarded several scholarships for studies in England, Spain, Chile, and the United States. She received a Fulbright grant (1988-1989), the University of North Carolina economics departments' Lurcy Fellowship, and in 2000 a prize for the best paper written with the GSOEP data since 1984. She worked at the Central Bank of Chile (1989), The World Bank (1990), and at the Carolina Population Center (1991-1995). She served in the Swiss council of economic advisors, has been elected to the council of the European Society of Labour Economists (EALE), is council member of the German Economic Association, and served as the treasurer of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE).She headed the scientific council of the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (2005-2007), is the coordinator of the Bavarian Graduate Program in Economics (since 2005), member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and of the scientific advisory councils of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, of DIW Berlin, and RWI Essen. Between 2008 and 2014 she was a member of the Wissenschaftsrat (German Council of Science and Humanities) and 2012-2014 she chaired its scientific commission. Since 2014 she is an elected member and the chair of the German Data Forum (Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten).



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10757
The paper is forthcoming in the Journal of Population Economics. Please inform your audience.

We exploit the 1996 reform of the German child benefit program to identify the causal effect of heterogeneous child benefits on fertility. While generally the reform increased child benefits, the exact amount of the increase varied by household income and the number of children. We use these heterogeneities to identify...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9117
published in: Applied Economics, 2015, 47 (53), 5748-5775

We study the mechanisms that are associated with the gender education gap and its reversal in Germany. We focus on three outcomes, graduation from upper secondary school, any tertiary education, and tertiary degree. Neither individual and family background nor labor market characteristics appear to be strongly associated with the gender...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9073

We study the short, medium, and longer run employment effects of a substantial change in the parental leave benefit program in Germany. In 2007, a means-tested parental leave transfer program that had paid benefits for up to two years was replaced by an earnings related transfer which paid benefits for...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9035
published in: Empirical Economics, 2016, 50 (4), 1303-1329

We study state dependence in welfare receipt and investigate whether welfare transitions changed after a welfare reform. Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel, we apply dynamic multinomial logit estimators and find that state dependence in welfare receipt is not a central feature of the German welfare system. We find...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8901
Forthcoming in: Education Economics

We study the returns to apprenticeship and vocational training for three early labor market outcomes all measured at age 25 for East and West German youths: non-employment (i.e., unemployment or out of the labor force), permanent fulltime employment, and wages. We find strong positive effects of apprenticeship and vocational training....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8513
published in: Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik), 2016, 235 (4-5), 355–375

This paper studies the association between the unemployment experience of fathers and their sons. Based on German survey data that cover the last decades we find significant positive correlations. Using instrumental variables estimation and the Gottschalk (1996) method we investigate to what extent fathers' unemployment is causal for offspring's employment...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8229
published in: Applied Economics, 2014, 46(28), 3503-3522

We study the development of teenage fertility in East and West Germany using data from the German Socioeconomic Panel (SOEP) and from the German Mikrozensus. Following the international literature we derive hypotheses on the patterns of teenage fertility and test whether they are relevant in the German case. We find...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6246
forthcoming in: Labour Economics.

This article studies the long run patterns and explanations of wage mobility as a characteristic of regional labor markets. Using German administrative data we describe wage mobility since 1975 in West and since 1992 in East Germany. Wage mobility declined substantially in East Germany in the 1990s and moderately in...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5752
published in: Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik, 2012, 232 (2), 146-176

We apply German Mikrozensus data for the period 1996 to 2004 to investigate the employment status of mothers. Specifically, we ask whether there are behavioral differences between mothers in East and West Germany, whether these differences disappear over time, and whether there are differences in the developments for high vs....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4466
published as 'Institutional Determinants of Intergenerational Education Transmission - Comparing Alternative Mechanisms for Natives and Immigrants' in: Labour Economics, 2013, 25, 110–122

We use Swiss data to test whether intergenerational educational mobility is affected by the age at which children enroll in kindergarten. Taking advantage of heterogeneity across cantons we find that early kindergarten enrollment significantly increases educational mobility.