Thomas Cornelissen

Research Fellow

University of York

Thomas Cornelissen is a Professor of Economics at the University of York, United Kingdom. Besides IZA, he is also a research fellow of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at University College London (UCL).
Thomas Cornelissen received his Master degree in Economics in 2004 and his PhD in Economics in 2008, both from Leibniz University of Hannover. From 2008 to 2015 he was a Senior Research Officer at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) within the Economics Department at University College London (UCL).

His research interests are in empirical labour economics and applies microeconometrics, in particular in the fields of economics of education and personnel economics.

His works have in published among others in American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Labour Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Economics of Education Review, Economics Letters, The Stata Journal, and German Economic Review.

Thomas joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2016.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10715
Malte Sandner, Thomas Cornelissen, Tanja Jungmann, Peggy Herrmann
forthcoming in: Journal of Health Economics, 2018

We evaluate the effects of home visiting targeted towards disadvantaged first-time mothers on maternal and child health outcomes. Our analysis exploits a randomized controlled trial and combines rich longitudinal survey data with unique administrative health data. In a context in which the target group has comprehensive health care access, we...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10056
published in: Labour Economics, 2016, 41, 47-60.

This paper provides an introduction into the estimation of Marginal Treatment Effects (MTE). Compared to the existing surveys on the subject, our paper is less technical and speaks to the applied economist with a solid basic understanding of econometric techniques who would like to use MTE estimation. Our framework of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7617
published in: American Economic Review, 2017, 107(2), 425-56

Existing evidence on peer effects in a work environment stems from either laboratory experiments or from real-word studies referring to a specific firm or specific occupation. Yet, it is unclear to what extent these findings apply to the labor market in general. In this paper, therefore, we investigate peer effects...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3160
published in: Economics of Education Review, 2010, 29 (1), 94-103

We analyze the impact of exercising sports during childhood and adolescence on educational attainment. The theoretical framework is based on models of allocation of time and educational productivity. Using the rich information from the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP), we apply generalized ordered probit models to estimate the effect of participation...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2741
published in: German Economic Review, 2011, 12 (4), 469-489

We estimate wage and job tenure functions that include individual and firm effects capturing time-invariant unobserved worker and firm heterogeneity using German linked employer-employee data (LIAB data set). We find that both types of heterogeneity are correlated to the observed characteristics and that it is therefore warranted to include individual...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1523
published in: Empirical Economics, 2008, 34(2), 205-230

Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) effects of being individually affected by downward wage rigidity on layoffs, quits and intra-firm mobility are investigated. We measure the individual extent of wage rigidity within a structural empirical model that allows us to estimate the notional wage growth which is about...