Bernhard Boockmann is Scientific Director of the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IAW) in Tübingen and adjunct professor at the University of Tübingen. After graduating as Diplom-Volkswirt at the University of Mannheim, he obtained his MSc. from University College London and his doctoral degree from the University of Mannheim.

His research centres on labour market issues such as treatment effects of labour market policies, the analysis of individual work histories, labour market regulations and wage determination. He has also worked in the field of political economy. His papers have been published in the Journal of the European Economic Association, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Labour Economics and other scholarly journals. He has conducted major quantitative evaluation studies for German government departments and has received research grants from the German Science Foundation and other funding institutions.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in April 2009.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 8811

Job search assistance and intensified counseling have been found to be effective for labor market integration by a large number of studies, but the evidence for older and hard-to-place unemployed individuals more specifically is mixed. In this paper we present key results from the evaluation of "Perspektive 50plus", a large-scale...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6074

In Germany, the employment response to the post-2007 crisis has been muted compared to other industrialized countries. Despite a large drop in output, employment has hardly changed. In this paper, we analyze the determinants of German firms' labor demand during the crisis using a firm-level panel dataset. Our analysis proceeds...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4983
published in: Applied Economic Quarterly, 2010, 56, 156-188

This paper provides a meta-analysis of 55 empirical studies estimating the employment effects of minimum wages in 15 industrial countries. It strongly confirms the notion that the effects of minimum wages are heterogeneous between countries. As possible sources of heterogeneity, it considers the benefit replacement ratio, employment protection and the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4580
published in: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2014, 3:21

Benefit sanctions imposed on non-compliant welfare recipients are a new element in the German welfare system. In practice, the sanction policy and the application of sanctions vary considerably across the 439 welfare agencies. Based on combined administrative and survey data, these differences are used as instrumental variables to estimate the...

IZA Standpunkt Nr. 68

Moderne Evaluationsmethoden auf der Basis ökonometrischer Verfahren und randomisierter Feldexperimente machen es für immer mehr Politikbereiche möglich, die Wirksamkeit wirtschaftspolitischer Maßnahmen zu überprüfen. Gleichwohl sind diese Methoden in der deutschen Evaluationspraxis nicht der Standard. Andere Länder sind Deutschland in dieser Hinsicht voraus. Gerade vor dem Hintergrund knapper öffentlicher Mittel ist...