Ricarda Schmidl studied economics at the University in Bonn and the Université des Sciences Sociales Toulouse I in France. After her graduation as a Diplom-Volkswirt in 2008 she joined IZA as a Resident Research Affiliate under the IZA Scholarship Program, and received her PhD from the University of Potsdam in May 2014. Between September 2013 and December 2016 she was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Mannheim. She currently holds a position as Senior Consultant at PwC in Frankfurt. She remains affiliated with IZA as a Research Fellow.

Her main research interests include applied labor economics with a special focus on the microeconometric evaluation of labor market policies.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 9575

This paper studies the effectiveness of vacancy information from the public employment services (PES) in Germany, focussing on vacancy information obtained early in the unemployment spell. As in many other countries, the German activation practice combines information provision with monitoring to increase the willingness to apply. In case of a...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9488
published in: IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 2016, 5 (1), 1-30 [Open Access]

Since the economic crisis in 2008, European youth unemployment rates have been persistently high at around 20% on average. The majority of European countries spends significant resources each year on active labor market programs (ALMP) with the aim of improving the integration prospects of struggling youths. Among the most common...

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

With young people among the big losers of the recent financial crisis, vocational education and training (VET) is often seen as the silver bullet to the problem of youth joblessness. This paper provides a better understanding of VET around the world, dealing with three types of vocational systems: school-based education,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6890
substantially revised version published in: Foundations and Trends in Microeconomics, 2013, 9 (1-2), 1-157 [journal version]

This paper focuses on the determinants of the labor market situation of young people in developed countries and the developing world, with a special emphasis on the role of vocational training and education policies. We highlight the role of demographic factors, economic growth and labor market institutions in explaining young...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6222

A substantial number of young unemployed participate in active labor market programs (ALMP) in Germany each year. While the aims of these programs are clear – a fast re-integration into employment or enrollment in further education – a comprehensive analysis of their effectiveness has yet to be conducted. We fill...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5165
published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2011, 32 (7), 796-824

In this paper we analyze the relationship between social networks and the job search behavior of unemployed individuals. It is believed that networks convey useful information in the job search process such that individuals with larger networks should experience a higher productivity of informal search. Hence, job search theory suggests...