Werner Eichhorst studied sociology, political science, psychology and public policy and administration at the universities of Tuebingen and Konstanz where he graduated as Diplom-Verwaltungswissenschaftler in 1995. From 1996 to 1999 he was doctoral and post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. In fall 1998 he received his doctoral degree from the University of Konstanz. From 1999 to 2004 he was project director at the Bertelsmann Foundation, a private think tank in Germany. After working with the Institute for Employment Research, IAB, from 2004 to 2005, he joined IZA as Research Associate in July 2005, was Senior Research Associate in February 2006, Deputy Director of Labor Policy 2007-13, Director of Labor Policy Europe in January 2014-16 and is now Coordinator of Labor Market and Social Policy in Europa since January 2017 and Team Leader Research since August 2019. Since November 2017 he is Honorary Professor at Bremen University, affiliated with the Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy SOCIUM.
His main research area is the comparative analysis of labor market institutions and performance as well as the political economy of labor market reform strategies. He also specializes in different aspects of the future of labor. At IZA he takes care of international and European policy-oriented research activities, addressing in particular EU level employment policies.

External Publications


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10301
revised version published as 'How Does the Performance of School-to-Work Transition Regimes Vary in the European Union?' in: Jacqueline O'Reilly et al. (eds.) Youth Labor in Transition: Inequalities, Mobility, and Policies in Europe, Oxford, 2018, Chapter 3
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9966
published in: Bent Greve (ed.), Handbook of Social Policy Evaluation, 2017, Chapter 18
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9863
published in: Journal for Labour Market Research, 2017, 51 (3), 1-17.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9325
published in: Sotiria Theodoropoulou (ed.), Labour market reforms in the era of pervasive austerity: a European perspective, Bristol: Policy Press, 2018.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8648
published in: Journal for Labour Market Research, 2016, 49 (4), 297–315
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8155
published in: Journal for Labour Market Research, 2015, 48 (2), 81-95
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7662
published in: Werner Eichhorst and Paul Marx (eds.), Non-Standard Employment in Post-Industrial Labour Markets, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2015
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7609
also available as: ILO Employment Working Paper 145 and DIW SOEP Paper 596
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7498
published in: Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, 2013, 59 (3), 313-335
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7110
published as 'A Roadmap to Vocational Education and Training in Industrialized Countries' in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2015, 68 (2), 314-337
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6625
published in: British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2015, 53(1), 49-69
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5490
published in: German Policy Studies, 2011, 7 (1), 107-133
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5320
also available as: International Institute for Labour Studies Discussion Paper 202. Geneva.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5285
published in: Jochen Clasen and Daniel Clegg (eds.), Regulating the Risk of Unemployment. National Adaptations to Post-Industrial Labour Markets in Europe, Oxford: OUP, 2011, 281-296
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5045
published in: Applied Economics Quarterly Supplement, 2010, 56 (61), 29-64
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5035
published in: P.Emmenegger et al. (eds.): The Age of Dualization, Oxford: 2012, 73-99
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4294
published in: Regards sur l'Economie Allemande, 2010, 96, 13-21
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4100
revised version published in: Journal of European Social Policy, 2011, 21(1), 73-87
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4085
published in: Bruno Palier (ed.), A long good-bye to Bismarck, Amsterdam: AUP, 2010, 301-332
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3870
published in: Jens Alber and Neil Gilbert (eds.), United in Diversity? Comparing Social Models in Europe and America, Oxford: OUP, 2010, 201-236
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3262
published in: Sozialer Fortschritt, 2008, 57 (2), 24-34
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3194
published in: Gesundheits- und Sozialpolitik, 2008, 62 (2), 17-30
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2605
published as ,And Then There Were Four… How Many (and Which) Measures of Active Labor Market Policy Do We Still Need?' English version; in: Applied Economics Quarterly, 2007, 53 (3), 243-272
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2514
Werner Eichhorst, Maria Grienberger-Zingerle, Regina Konle-Seidl
published in: Werner Eichhorst, Otto Kaufmann and Regina Konle-Seidl (eds.), Bringing the Jobless into Work? Berlin: Springer 2008; revised version published in: German Policy Studies, 2010, 6 (1), 59-100
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2505
published in: Paul de Beer and Trudie Schils (eds.), The Labour Market Triangle Employment Protection, Unemployment Compensation and Activation in Europe, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2009, 119-144
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2120
published in: Lothar Funk (ed.), Anwendungsorientierte Marktwirtschaftslehre und Neue Politische Ökonomie, Marburg: Metropolis, 2008
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2055
published in: Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, 2006, 7 (3), 379-397
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1985
published in: Zeitschrift für Sozialreform/Journal of Social Policy Research, 2006, 52 (1), 101-123
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1845
Werner Eichhorst, Ole Wintermann
published in: German Policy Studies, 2006, 3 (2), 268-309; also published as 'De l'expertise aux politiques publiques : l'exemple de l'Allemagne, des Pays-Bas et de la Suède' in: Problèmes Economiques, 2006, No. 2.912
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1718
published in: Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal, 2006, 28 (1), 1- 41; also available in Chinese