Klaus F. Zimmermann

University of Bonn

Klaus F. Zimmermann acted as IZA’s Founding Director from April 1998 until February 2016. Under his leadership the institute established itself among the world’s leading research institutions and think tanks in the field of labor economics. IZA’s distinguished profile with its influential global research network, state-of-the-art labor market research, and evidence-based policy advice goes back to his initiative and commitment. He left IZA in 2016 and founded the Centre for Population, Development and Labour Economics (POP) at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University. He has been Full Professor of Economics at the University of Bonn (since 1998, currently on leave) and serves as Honorary Professor of Economics at the Free University of Berlin and the Renmin University of China as well as Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Academia Europaea. An author of more than 50 books and numerous contributions to the field’s leading journals, Klaus F. Zimmermann also acts as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Population Economics.

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IZA Discussion Paper No. 11337

Economic preferences – like time, risk and social preferences – have been shown to be very influential for real-life outcomes, such as educational achievements, labor market outcomes, or health status. We contribute to the recent literature that has examined how and when economic preferences are formed, putting particular emphasis on...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9540
published in: Journal of Comparative Economics [Online]

The fall of socialism in Central and Eastern Europe restored ordinary citizens' rights and freedoms and ended their political and social isolation. While the freedom of movement was quickly embraced, civil society revival lagged due to the eroded civic norms, declining social capital, and worsening economic conditions. In this paper,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9400

This paper investigates the effect of drinking arsenic contaminated water on mental health. Drinking water with an unsafe arsenic level for a prolonged period can lead to arsenicosis, which includes symptoms such as black spots on the skin and subsequent illnesses such as various cancers. We collected household survey data...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9349
revised version published as 'Natural Disasters and Human Mobility' in: International Review of the Environmental and Resource Economics: Vol. 10: No. 1, 2016, pp. 37-56.

This paper reviews the effect of environmental disasters on migration. Although there is an increase of environmental disasters and migration over the past years, the relationship is complex. While some authors find that environmental disasters increase migration, others show that they have only a marginal or no effect or are...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9347
published in: China Economic Review, 2016, 37, 166 - 176

To contribute to a scarce literature, in particular for developing and emerging economies, we study the nature of measured risk attitudes and their consequences for migration. We also investigate whether substantial changes in the risk environment influences risk tolerance. Using the 2009 RUMiC data for China, we find that rural-urban...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9163
published in: China Economic Review, 2016 (37) 191–207. Pre-publication version available here

The paper investigates the impact of remittances on the relative concerns of households in rural China. Using the Rural to Urban Migration in China (RUMiC) dataset we estimate a series of well-being functions to simultaneously explore the relative concerns with respect to income and remittances. Our results show that although...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8899
published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2015, 36 (1), 2 - 12.

This paper advocates the use of Internet data for social sciences with a special focus on human resources issues. It discusses the potentials and challenges of Internet data for social sciences and presents a selection of the relevant literature to establish the wide spectrum of topics, which can be reached....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8743
substantially revised version published in: Piggott, J. and A. Woodland (Eds.), Handbook of the Economics of Population Aging, Elsevier, North Holland, 2016, Vol. 1A, Ch. 3, 119-177.

This chapter connects population aging with international migration. After documenting the trends for both, we review the supply-push and demand-pull determinants of migration, focusing particularly on the role of age and aging. We subsequently discuss the literature concerning the implications of migration in the context of aging for labor markets,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8695

Estimating the effect of 'ethnic capital' on human capital investment decisions is complicated by the endogeneity of location choice of immigrants and the reflection problem. We exploit a rare immigrant settlement policy in Germany to identify the causal impact of parental peer-heterogeneity on the educational outcomes of their children. To...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8456
published in: M. Kahanec and K.F. Zimmermann (eds.), Labor Migration, EU Enlargement, and the Great Recession, Springer: Berlin, et al. 2016, 1-34

The eastern enlargements of the European Union (EU) and the extension of the free movement of workers to the new member states' citizens unleashed significant east-west migration flows in a labor market with more than half a billion people. Although many old member states applied transitional arrangements temporarily restricting the...

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