Holger Bonin coordinates IZA's labor policy research activities as a Research Director since July 2016. He is also Professor of Labor Market and Social Policy at the University of Kassel.

From 2007-2016, he was head of the labor market department at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) at Mannheim. Before, he already worked at IZA, first as Research Associate, and since 2003 as Senior Research Associate and Deputy Director of the program area "Evaluation of Labor Market Policies".

Holger's research focuses on the empirical analysis of the effectiveness of labor and family policy programs, the consequences of demographic and technological change, as well as migration and skilled labor supply. In addition to his research activities, he is actively engaged in evidence-based policy advice.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 3923
Daniel Radowski, Holger Bonin
published in: Economics Letters, 2010, 106 (3), 227-229

The paper uses a new German employer survey on wage setting practices to analyze incidence and sources of nominal wage rigidity in services vs. manufacturing. We observe that wage freezes are significantly more frequent and wage cuts less frequent in services. Reasons preventing wage cuts reported by employers suggest that...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2655
published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2010, 92(3), 684–689

Geographic mobility is important for the functioning of labor markets because it brings labor resources to where they can be most efficiently used. It has long been hypothesized that individuals' migration propensities depend on their attitudes towards risk, but the empirical evidence, to the extent that it exists, has been...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2537
substantially revised version published in: IZA Journal of Migration, 2012, 1, Article 5 [Open Access]

The paper investigates the role of social norms as a determinant of individual attitudes by analyzing risk proclivity reported by immigrants and natives in a unique representative German survey. We employ factor analysis to construct measures of immigrants' ethnic persistence and assimilation. The estimated effect of these measures on risk...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2533
revised version published as 'Beautiful Serbia’ - objective and subjective outcomes of active labour market policy in a transition economy" in: Economics of Transition, 2014, 22(1), 43-67 [Details & Download]

The paper studies the causal impact of participation in an active labor market program – the ‘Beautiful Serbia’ program providing training and temporary work in the construction sector in Serbia and Montenegro – on measures of subjective well-being approximating individual welfare. According to our estimates, the positive impact of this...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2444

Diese Studie bilanziert den Beitrag der ausländischen Bevölkerung in Deutschland zu den öffentlichen Haushalten im Fiskaljahr 2004. Grundlage sind auf Basis des Sozio-Oekonomischen Panels geschätzte, auf die Staatseinnahmen und -ausgaben gemäß Volkswirtschaftlichen Gesamtrechnungen kalibrierte Profile der durchschnittlichen Zahlungen nach Alter und Nationalität für 33 verschiedene Steuern, Beiträge und Transfers einschließlich...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2399
published in: Wirtschaftsdienst, 2006, 86 (10), 645-650

In the debate on in-work benefits in Germany it is often overlooked that such subsidies may only be effective if basic minimum income is remarkably decreased for those who are employable. However, proposals following this principle will hardly achieve political consensus as can be derived from reactions to the model...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2069
published in: Wirtschaftspolitische Blätter, 2006, 53 (2), 155-165

Dieser Beitrag analysiert die Wirksamkeit der Förderung beruflicher Weiterbildung im Rah-men der aktiven Arbeitsmarktpolitik vor und nach den Hartz-Reformen. Ergebnisse der bei flächendeckenden Arbeitsmarktreformen in Deutschland erstmals offiziell durchgeführten Wirkungsanalyse deuten auf sehr unterschiedliche Effizienz verschiedener Maßnahmetypen. Vor Inkrafttreten der Reform waren insbesondere lange Maßnahmen mit anerkanntem Be-rufsabschluss unwirksam. Danach...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1999
published in: Applied Economics Letters, 2009, 16 (15), 1581-1586

This paper questions the perceived wisdom that migrants are more risk-loving than the native population. We employ a new large German survey of direct individual risk measures to find that first-generation migrants have lower risk attitudes than natives, which only equalize in the second generation.

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1930
published in: Labour Economics, 2007, 14(6), 926-937

This paper investigates whether risk preferences explain how individuals are sorted into occupations with different earnings variability. We exploit data from the German Socio-Economic Panel, which contains a subjective assessment of willingness to take risks whose behavioral relevance has been validated in previous work. As a measure of earnings risk,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1875

The paper analyzes the labor market impact of migration by exploiting variation in the labor supply of foreigners across groups of workers with the same level of education but different work experience. Estimates on the basis of German register data for the period 1975-97 do not confirm the hypothesis that...