Thomas Bauer is currently professor of economics at the University of Bochum (Ruhr-Universität Bochum). He studied economics at the University of Munich and received his degree as Diplom-Volkswirt in 1993. From 1993-1997 he worked as research associate at SELAPO, University of Munich. In July 1997 he obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Munich for his dissertation on the labor market effects of immigration and migration policy in Germany. From 1997-1998 Thomas Bauer visited the Rutgers University, USA, under the auspices of a Feodor-Lynen-Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation. In September 1998 he joined IZA as Senior Research Associate and became IZA Program Director for the Research Area "Mobility and Flexibility of Labor" in July 1999. After joining the faculty of the University of Bochum in 2003, he has continued to maintain close ties with IZA as a Research Fellow. In 2004, he became a member of the executive board and in 2009 Vice-President of the RWI in Essen. Thomas Bauer is also research affiliate of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) at the University of California-San Diego, USA.

His further research interests include migration, population economics, and applied microeconometrics. He has published several articles in collected volumes and in journals such as Economic Journal, Economica, Labour Economics, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Population Economics, Economic Inquiry, and Economics of Education Review.

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IZA Discussion Paper No. 11116

We examine the long-run effects of forced migration from Eastern Europe into post-war Germany. Existing evidence suggests that displaced individuals are worse off economically, facing a considerably lower income and a higher unemployment risk than comparable natives even twenty years after being expelled. We extend this literature by investigating the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8373
published in: Labour Economics 37 2015, 93-98

Using the location of baroque opera houses as a natural experiment, Falck et al. (2011) claim to document a positive causal effect of the supply of cultural goods on today's regional distribution of talents. This paper raises serious doubts on the validity of the identification strategy underlying these estimates, though....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6888

We test whether financial incentives have an effect on weight reduction in a randomized controlled trial involving 700 obese persons assigned to three experimental groups. While two treatment groups obtain €150 and €300, respectively, for achieving an individually assigned target weight within four months, a control group receives no such...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6717

Empirical evidence on the degree of business-tax shifting to employees via the wage level is highly controversial and rare. It remains open to which extent the tax burden is shifted, whether there are differences for tax increases and decreases, or whether there exists some treatment heterogeneity, that drive the respective...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6701
published in: European Journal of Political Economy, 2013, 32, 80–94

Volunteering plays a prominent role in the charitable provision of goods and services, yet we know relatively little about why individuals spend time and money to the charity. Assuming that volunteering is a consumption good, we analyze the determinants of individuals' charitable cash donations and volunteer labor as well as...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6484
published in: Labour, 2014, 28 (3), 338-357

This study analyses employers' support for the introduction of industry-specific minimum wages as a cost-raising strategy in order to deter market entry. Using a unique data set consisting of 800 firms in the German service sector, we find some evidence that high-productivity employers support minimum wages. We further show that...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6073

German universities are regarded as being under-financed, inefficient, and performing below average if compared to universities in other European countries and the US. Starting in the 1990s, several German federal states implemented reforms to improve this situation. An important part of these reforms has been the introduction of indicator-based funding...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6040

Using a unique dataset for Germany that links individual longitudinal data from the GSOEP to regional data from the federal employment agency and data of real estate prices, we evaluate the impact of neighborhood unemployment on individual employment prospects. The panel setup and richness of the data allows us to...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5855
published in: Economic Journal, 2013, 123 (571), 998–1024

The flight and expulsion of Germans from Eastern Europe during and after World War II constitutes one of the largest forced population movements in history. We analyze the economic integration of these forced migrants and their offspring in West Germany. The empirical results suggest that even a quarter of a...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5744
published in: Economics Letters 2014, 124, 513-515

Compulsory military service typically drafts young men when they are at the height of their learning ability. Thus, it can be expected to depress the demand for higher education since skill atrophy and the delayed entry into the civilian labor market reduce the returns to human-capital investments. Attending university, however,...

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