Christian Pfeifer studied economics and management at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany, and Maastricht University, Netherlands. He received his Diploma (Master) in 2003 and doctoral degree in 2007 from Leibniz University Hannover. From 2007 to 2009 he was a Post-Doc at Leibniz University Hannover and University of California Berkeley. From September 2009 to June 2013 he was Assistant Professor (W1) of Economics (Labor and Personnel Economics) at Leuphana University Lüneburg. Since June 2013 he is Professor of Economics (Applied Microeconomics) at Leuphana University Lüneburg. His research focus is on applied microeconomic topics (e.g., Labour and Personnel Economics, Health and Education) using microeconometric methods.

He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in July 2007 and became a Research Fellow in April 2010.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11300

This paper explores the effects of a major reform of unemployment benefits in Germany on the labor market outcomes of individuals with some health impairment. The reform induced a substantial reduction in the potential duration of regular unemployment benefits for older workers. This work analyzes the reform in a wider...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9317
published in: Journal of Applied Social Science, 134(4), 413-428

The author uses large-scale German survey data for the years 2009, 2011 and 2013 in order to analyze the nexus between the individual perception of being unfairly paid and measures for quantity and quality of sleep, namely, hours of sleep during workweek and during weekend, happiness with sleep, and sleep...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9055
published in: Journal of Economics and Statistics, 236(2), 217-239

The authors update previous findings on the total East-West gap in overall life satisfaction and its trend by using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) for the years 1992 to 2013. Additionally, the East-West gap and its trend are separately analyzed for men and women as well as for...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7088
published in: Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 2014, 61 (5), 523-536

Questions about compensation structures and incentive effects of pay-for-performance components are important for firms' Human Resource Management as well as for economics in general and labor economics in particular. This paper provides scarce insider econometric evidence on the structure and the incentive effects of fixed base salaries, paid bonuses, and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7050
published in: Journal for Labour Market Research, 2014, 47 (3), 223-231

This empirical research note documents the relationship between composition of a firm's workforce (with a special focus on age and gender) and its performance with respect to innovative activities (outlays and employment in research and development (R&D)) for a large representative sample of enterprises from manufacturing industries in Germany using...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6381
published in: Contemporary Economics, 2014, 8 (1), 25-49

This empirical paper documents the relationship between composition of a firm's workforce (with a special focus on age and gender) and its performance (productivity and profitability) for a large representative sample of enterprises from manufacturing industries in Germany. We use unique newly available data that for the first time combine...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5672
published in: Schmollers Jahrbuch, 2011, 131 (1), 59-71

I use a question about works council relations from the 2006 wave of the IAB Establishment panel to analyze the heterogeneous effects of works councils on productivity, wages, and profits. The results indicate that the effects differ significantly between works council relationship types in a systematic pattern. The overall findings...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5671
published as 'Effects of training on employee suggestions and promotions' in: Schmalenbach Business Review, 65(3), 270-287.

We evaluate the effects of employer-provided formal training on employee suggestions for productivity improvements and on promotions among male blue-collar workers. More than twenty years of personnel data of four entry cohorts in a German company allow us to address issues such as unobserved heterogeneity and the length of potential...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5664
published in: Applied Economics Letters, 2012, 19 (6), 505-510

Survey data is used to estimate the impact of physical attractiveness rated by the interviewer as well as by the respondent on employment probability and labor income of men and women. In addition to mean linear and non-linear effects on earnings, simultaneous quantile regressions are applied to analyze heterogeneity across...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3533
published in: Labour, 2009, 23 (2), 257-282

We use monthly personnel records of a large German company to analyse the gender wage gap (GWG). Main findings are: (1) the unconditional GWG is 15 percent for blue-collar and 26 percent for white-collar workers; (2) conditional on tenure, entry age, schooling, and working hours, the GWG is 13 percent...